Jul 21, 2016 - 5:38 AM
in reply to vikram
There's no need to look in the forum to find a vendor. You'll find lots of posts but all about specific situations for those travelers. Instead, just check the page www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass/price. It automatically lists all purchase options for the country you're currently in.
Now, for the options you're considering:
1) This is the domestic website of the SBB. You'd normally use that to check for timetables, train station information, etc. I'd don't know much about their ticket shop when it comes to passes for tourists.
2) This is the SBB web shop for tourists where they only sell the rail passes. This is the option I recommend at the moment. There is no handling fee, and no shipping fee either if you pick the print at home pass. Here's how it works: please visit www.swissrailways.com/ en and click to the Swiss Travel Pass. After filling out the number of travelers and your address, they will show the delivery options. Pick "Online Ticket" from the bottom of the list. They will e-mail the pass within a few business days, so you can print it at home. You can pay in USD, but for better prices I'd recommend CHF as you already suggested.
3) Rail Europe is one of the US vendors for passes, the biggest in fact. You can buy through them but you're not forced to. Perhaps the domestic SBB site (option 1) indeed redirects to them, I don't know, but option 2 is definitely available.