Summer Sales on Swiss and other rail passes

Summer Sales on Swiss and other rail passes

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Arno
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May 2, 2012 - 3:20 PM
Hello rail travelers,

Only until June 27, 2012, our partner Rail Europe offers a substantial discount on rail passes and tickets for traveling in any European country. The only requirements are that you spend a minimum amount of € 500 (or the equivalent in your currency) and that you place your order no later than June 27. There are 4 promo codes that provide an instant discount. The discount varies between € 20 and € 70 and will be higher if you spend more. Please note that a limited number of customers per week can make use of this discount. For details, click the appropriate link below.

You even get the discount on top of other promotions, such as the 2-for-1 offer on the Swiss Saver (Flexi) Pass, the free extra travel day on Eurail Select Passes and the discounted fares on the TGV Lyria from France to Switzerland.

Again, you get the discount on any pass or ticket. The prices as listed on our pass pages (e.g. Swiss Pass, Swiss Flexi Pass) do not take this discount into account. So you pay less than the prices listed there if you spend the minimum amount!

In order to get the maximum discount, you may want to consider to purchase additional services such as seat reservations (if necessary) along with your rail pass. That will turn out to be cheaper than arranging for it separately.

How to get the discount
Click the appropriate link below to see which promo code to use. While placing your order, enter the promo code when asked for it, and click "Add code". The order amount will be lowered immediately.

promo codes on www.raileurope.com.ar (selling to Argentina)

promo codes on www.raileurope.com.au (selling to Australia)

promo codes on www.raileurope.com.br (selling to Brazil)

promo codes on www.raileurope.cn (selling to China)

promo codes on www.raileurope-gcc.com (selling to Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Yemen)

promo codes on www.raileurope.hk (selling to Hong Kong)

promo codes on www.raileurope.co.in (selling to India)

promo codes on www.raileurope.co.il (selling to Israel)

promo codes on www.raileurope-japan.com (selling to Japan)

promo codes on www.raileurope.co.nz (selling to New Zealand)

promo codes on www.raileurope.com.sg (selling to Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore)

promo codes on www.raileurope.co.za (Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe)

promo codes on www.raileurope.co.kr (selling to South-Korea)

promo codes on www.trainticket.com (selling to many non-European countries)

promo codes on www.raileurope-world.com (selling to many non-European countries)

Enjoy your trips in the Swiss Alps or elsewhere!
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:35 PM by Arno
maggiehorswell
maggiehorswell
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May 2, 2012 - 3:56 PM
Hi Arno - I keep watching in vain for special promotions for travellers from the UK! Do they not want to encourage us to visit? Currently it is cheaper to wait and buy our swiss saver pass on arrival in zurich so I am holding back for now! Maggie
AtulBhide
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May 3, 2012 - 12:54 AM
Hi Arno,

Our travel dates to Switzerland are 29th May to 06th June 2012. We are 4 adults and one child. As you know 2 for 1 offer on 4 day pass is not valid for my dates. We will have to go for 8 days Saver pass.

I have not understood whether this "Summer Sale" offer will help me or not. Will it be more cheaper than 8 days Saver pass?

Atul Bhide
Arno
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May 3, 2012 - 10:32 AM
Hi Maggie,

I'm sure UK travelers are more than welcome in Switzerland! There are two great 2-for-1 promotions for several Regional Passes and for Swiss (Flexi) Passes you qualify for, but they're not for traveling in Summer. The other offers are not for UK travelers indeed. These offers are initiatives by individual resellers that happen to be the non-UK ones. As soon as there's any promotion worth mentioning, we'll post it up here. Please keep an eye on our website!
maggiehorswell said: Hi Arno - I keep watching in vain for special promotions for travellers from the UK! Do they not want to encourage us to visit? Currently it is cheaper to wait and buy our swiss saver pass on arrival in zurich so I am holding back for now! Maggie
Arno
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May 3, 2012 - 10:39 AM
Hi Atul,

You would indeed need the "regular" 8-day Swiss Saver Pass. If your total order value exceeds the minimum amount, you can save money through the promo codes you'll find through the links I posted. So it depends on the number of people you need the pass for, and whether or not you'll be buying anything else along with your pass.

AtulBhide said: Hi Arno,

Our travel dates to Switzerland are 29th May to 06th June 2012. We are 4 adults and one child. As you know 2 for 1 offer on 4 day pass is not valid for my dates. We will have to go for 8 days Saver pass.

I have not understood whether this "Summer Sale" offer will help me or not. Will it be more cheaper than 8 days Saver pass?

Atul Bhide
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:35 PM by Arno
enoch
enoch
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May 13, 2012 - 9:41 AM
Hi, I am travelling in June with a partner. Any Swiss discount deal for 4 days or 5 days ?
thanks
Arno
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May 13, 2012 - 5:01 PM
Where in Switzerland will you be traveling enoch? Just one region or the whole country?
enoch
enoch
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May 13, 2012 - 11:49 PM
Hi Arno.

mostlikely have chance to go thru whole country. I wanted to purchase the 4 day flex saver but just realized it is not valid for june.
My trip will consist of 2 weekends for 4 days and also plan to spend another 2 days in Milan.
thanks
enoch
enoch
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May 14, 2012 - 12:04 AM
actually, I know 4 days isnot much. so will travel on east side of the country. do you have any suggestions?
Annika
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May 15, 2012 - 9:55 AM
Hi enoch. If you want to visit the eastern side of the country, you should definitely consider paying a visit to the Engadine. Try St. Moritz or one of the nearby towns. There are some spectacular train rides to be made, such as the train route Chur-St. Moritz and the route St. Moritz/Pontresina-Tirano (the Bernina Express route). Many cable cars and viewing points can be found in this region too. The Graubünden day trip overview may be of help here.

As for rail passes: the 4 day Swiss Saver Flexi Pass is valid all year long. Maybe you mean that the 2 for 1 offer isn't valid in June? That's true indeed, but a 4 day Swiss Saver Flexi Pass may still be a good deal. See if you're eligible for the RailEurope summer sales to save even more money (the Saver Pass variant is already cheaper than two regular Flexi Passes). If you have a good overview of your traveling plans, you can even calculate which pass is best.
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:34 PM by Arno
enoch
enoch
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May 16, 2012 - 6:20 AM
Hi Annika, I am planning: 1st day: Zurich to Chur; Chur to Visp, back to stay in Andermatt. 2nd day Andermatt to Lucerne, and back to Zurich airport at night fall. 3rd day afternoon spend in Zurich and train to Chur in the evening. 4th day Chur to Tirano. spend a couple days in Milan. Final day, Milan back to Lugano and back to Zurich airport by 9pm. thanks
Annika
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May 17, 2012 - 1:49 PM
Hi enoch. In that case I'd say you should use a 5 day Swiss Saver Flexi Pass, using your four free travel days for day 1-4 in Switzerland, and the fifth free travel day for the Swiss leg of you trip from Lugano to Zurich Airport.
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:34 PM by Arno
enoch
enoch
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May 17, 2012 - 9:37 PM
Hi Annika, Just booked Bermina Express from Chur to Tirano on the 4th day. If this is the case, do I still need to use 5 day Swiss Saver Flexi Pass or would 4 day Swiss Saver Flexi Pass be enough. Since 4th day I already be in Chur, If I board Bermina Express with 50% discount via Flexi Pass. would this consider as to use up 1 day of the Flexi Pass?,
Annika
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May 18, 2012 - 11:30 AM
Hi enoch. You could indeed get a 4 day pass and not use a free travel day for the Bernina Express. If you travel with a 50% discount, that will not be counted as a free travel day. You can decide for yourself when you want to use your free travel days, by writing down the date at your pass or getting a stamp at a railway station before boarding your first train that day.
d-bear
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May 19, 2012 - 5:51 AM
I am hoping someone can advice me on the best options for me.

My partner and I flying into Zurich on 31st May (from Scotland) and then plan to stay in Interlaken for 4 days, leaving again on 4th June. We plan to just stay in the Bernese Oberland area and are looking to go upto Jungfrau on one day.

Is the best rail option for us, to get a transfer ticket and the Centenray pass or is it to get the Swiss Pass. If it is the Swiss Pass, I understand there is a 2-for-1 offer on it till 31st May. Does that mean that it has to be purchased by 31st May, or does it have to be used by 31st May.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Annika
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May 20, 2012 - 11:22 AM
Hello d-bear, and welcome! The 2 for 1 offer is valid for traveling in May, so you can't use it. I think you should look into the Swiss Card. It offers a free trip from Zurich Airport to Interlaken and back, and a 50% discount on all trips you want to make in between. Please get to the Swiss Card page for more information. The advantage over a Centenary Pass is that it allows you to travel outside of the Jungfrau region too, which can come in handy if weather in that area happens to be bad.
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:31 PM by Arno
cfawarrier
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Jun 7, 2012 - 6:09 AM
Hello,
I am planning to buy Swiss Saver Pass (2 Adults) from 14 -17 June. On Swiss Saver Pass page, the amount shown is £305.60.
If I buy that at Rail Europe (UK), I get that for £344 including Special Delivery.

Can anybody please confirm if I will be able to get that pass at the Zurich Airport on 14th and also from the dates (14 -17 June)?. If the dates are not guaranteed when I buy at the Zurich Airport then I will pay £40 extra and get it via Rail Europe

Regards,
D
Arno
Arno
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Jun 7, 2012 - 7:19 AM
Hi D,

You can get the pass at the airport. You need to pay in Swiss francs there, so the final amount in GBP may be a bit different on the 14th, due to exchange rates. Please note that one of the UK online resellers is currently unavailable but will be back online soon. I think their prices are in between the ones you mentioned. They allow payment in GBP and shipping takes about 2 days. We'll add them to the overview on the Swiss Pass page as soon as they're available again.

Just to be sure: this topic is about the Summer Sales promo codes. They're not valid for UK resellers.
Removed user
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Jun 8, 2012 - 11:01 AM
Hello,

We are a family of two adults and two children (13 and 15) from Ireland, who will be visiting Switzerland from 6th to 16th August. We are planning to spend part of the time with friends in Geneva but have also planned a couple of nights in Zermatt, a night in Interlaken and one night in Bern - we have already booked our accomodation. I tried to buy an 8 day Swiss pass on-line but I now find that I cannot buy a Swiss pass in Ireland but must wait til we get to Geneva where I can buy one at the airport. I am concerned that if I do not have the ticket in advance, I will not be able to reserve seats on our chosen trains (from Geneva to Zermatt and return; from Geneva to Jungfraujoch and back to Interlaken; from Interlaken to Bern, and from Bern back to Geneva. I am also not certain that I can get the family pass that lets my children travel free with us on our Swiss pass at the airport. Will this be a difficulty and should I be concerned about not being able to reserve seats in advance? I see from other posts that buying the pass on-line seems to be more expensive due to delivery costs, but the Swiss pass page on this site suggests that buying in Switzerland is more expensive. I would be grateful if you could explain it all to me!

Oona
Annika
Annika
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Jun 9, 2012 - 5:15 AM
Hello Oona! Don't worry, you can definitely buy your rail pass online from Ireland. The reason you can't see it now at our pass pages, is that reseller Switzerland Travel Centre has technical problems with its webshop. They currently expect it to be online again by Monday June 11. As soon as this is fixed, you can order your pass from Ireland through our Swiss Pass-page. Please keep an eye on this forum topic to see when ordering is possible again. Which purchase option is cheaper, depends on your country of residence and current exchange rates. Just fill out your data at the Swiss Pass page next week for all information.

You can arrange for seat reservations apart from your Swiss Pass, so you can already start making them if you like. Please note though that most trains in Switzerland don't require (or don't even allow) you to make reservations.

You can either order along your STS Family Card along with your Swiss Pass next week, or indeed obtain it for free at the Geneva Airport railway station upon showing your Swiss Pass.
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:35 PM by Arno

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