Mar 11, 2015 - 7:16 AM
1. A rail pass is worthwhile for countries where you travel a lot. With only a single trip Paris - Switzerland and Switzerland - Venice, for example, you do not need passes covering France and Italy. So you first need a detailed itinerary, including town to town transfers and day trips (feel free to post your plans here). Then choose your pass. This guide helps you choose if you are interested in getting the cheapest option. In most cases, a pass dedicated to Switzerland works better than a Eurail Pass. Please see here for all passes, and be sure to download the maps of passes you're interested in so that you can see what's included.
2. You can, but I do not recommend that. Most trains to neighboring countries require seat reservations, and may be fully booked if you buy that late. Just purchase a ticket online along with your rail pass. The same applies for France to Switzerland.
3. Trains are the best choice. There are no long distance bus lines in Switzerland.
Last modified on Mar 11, 2015 - 7:17 AM by Arno