Overnight Zurich to Vienna with a Swiss Pass

Overnight Zurich to Vienna with a Swiss Pass

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Mar 2, 2016 - 12:16 AM

Does having a Swiss Pass first before booking a sleeper room save anything on the cost?

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Mar 2, 2016 - 8:35 AM

Welcome to MySwissAlps!

The pass would cover the Swiss leg of the trip. How much you actually save depends on the route of the exact train you have in mind. You may save more by just paying for a full ticket and start using your pass the next day, but that depends on your other travel plans and how long you stay in Switzerland. Please post more information if you need further help.

Note that the pass is called Swiss Travel Pass. The Swiss Pass was discontinued in 2014. There is still a product called that way but it's for Swiss citizens only.

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Mar 2, 2016 - 2:06 PM in reply to Arno

Thanks for that information. Our plan is to take a train from Konstanz to Muerren. We will be there 3 nights, using the trams and trains to see the Alps. From there we will take a trains and a boat to Zurich to catch the overnight train to Vienna for several days then to Salzburg for the same. Our choice is a Swiss Travel Pass or Eurail saver select pass. The Swiss Travel pass gets us some better tram and train discounts in the Alps but the Eurail pass covers Austria. With the Swiss Travel pass leaving from Konstanz covered in the pass. Do you know if it is covered as part of a two country, Switzerland/Austria pass or would it be 3 countries since it a German border town?

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Mar 2, 2016 - 6:25 PM

Hi djgluckman,

The Swiss Travel Pass offers better value for your trips in Switzerland, especially since Eurail passes only provide a 25% discount on all trips south from Interlaken. Since you'll be staying in Mürren, using a Eurail Pass would mean that you'll pay 75% of the regular price for local trips, which is quite expensive. Please refer to the "validity" section of our Eurail Select Pass page.

The Swiss Travel Pass offers free traveling as far as Mürren/Wengen/Grindelwald, and 50% off most cable cars and mountain rides in this area. Schynige Platte is even entirely for free. So a Swiss Travel Pass plus either regular tickets or an additional pass for the Austrian portion of your holidays seems to make more sense than a Eurail Pass.

I don't expect Konstanz to be included in a 2 country pass for Austria and Switzerland.

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