Feb 5, 2016 - 9:52 AM
Welcome back! If I recall correctly you went to Switzerland a couple of years ago. Good to see you're going back.
For the adults, Swiss Travel Passes could make sense. The children (up to 15 years old) get a Swiss Family Card and that allows them to travel for free. The pass allows unlimited traveling without tickets (apart from cable cars), so that's very convenient with such a large group. Whether this is the only option for you depends on what you're going to do while in Zermatt and Interlaken. Please see:
Additionally you need tickets from Paris to Zermatt and Interlaken to Paris. I was looking at Swiss Transfer Tickets for the Swiss leg of those trips. But actually 15-day Swiss Travel Passes are cheaper than 8-day Swiss Travel Passes + Swiss Transfer Tickets. So if you choose the Swiss Travel Pass, you only need tickets from Paris to the border. The border stations are Basel, Vallorbe or Geneva, depending on which train you take. Usually the route via Geneva takes the most time if traveling to Zermatt, so if you have no reason for that detour I would avoid that. Interlaken to Paris is definitely via Basel.
Tickets from Paris to the Swiss border are cheapest when booked 3 months in advance. So you can book your incoming trip on February 12 and the outgoing trip on February 21.
Purchase options for the Swiss Travel Passes and the tickets from/to Paris can be found here:
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Last modified on Feb 5, 2016 - 9:57 AM by Arno