Swiss Card

Swiss Card

Share this page on Facebook Share this page on Google+ Share this page on Twitter Print this page
Create an account to receive an e-mail when someone replies to this thread
Posts: 4. This thread is closed.
astrovenom
astrovenom
2 posts
new member
May 19, 2010 - 9:23 PM
Hi,
My wife and I are planning a trip to Switzerland from Paris and am very confused with the Swiss Pass.
we are planning to go Jungfrajouch and do not know how to arrive there.
What type of pass should we get and how many days should we plan?
is the Swiss Pass include travel by train to Italy and from paris?
thanks in advance.

Alvin
Annika
Annika
4355 posts
expert &
moderator
May 20, 2010 - 11:23 AM
Hi Alvin, and welcome here! What pass is best for you, depends on your exact plans. Could you let me know how long you'll be staying in Switzerland and what trips you plan to make, other than an inbound and outbound trip and a visit to the Jungfraujoch? If these are the only journeys you have in mind, you would profit from a Swiss Card, which provides a free inbound and outbound trip and a 50% reduction on other trips during your stay (such as the Jungfraujoch). But if you have other plans, another type of pass could be the better option.

If you consider the Swiss Pass for your trip from Paris to Switzerland and from Switzerland to Italy, the pass will be valid for the Swiss parts of your journey. The validity starts and ends at Swiss border stations. This goes for most of the other Swiss rail passes as well. On each detail page, for example the Swiss Pass page, you'll find a link to a map showing the area of validity. From Paris, you'll travel through either Basel or Geneva, which are border stations, so a Swiss Pass would be valid from Basel or Geneva onwards. Your trip to Italy will most probably be through either Domodossola or Chiasso, so the validity of your Swiss Pass would end there. For the Swiss parts of your trip you wouldn't have to buy a regular ticket, as the Swiss Pass would cover these. A ticket would only be necessary for the French and Italian parts of your journey. Please note that seat reservation for these trips can be recommended or even is obligatory.

The most common base for a trip to the Jungfraujoch is Interlaken. From there you can choose from two routes: through Wengen or Grindelwald. You can plan your trip using the online timetable and the Jungfraubahnen website.
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:35 PM by Arno
astrovenom
astrovenom
2 posts
new member
May 20, 2010 - 7:44 PM
hi,

i am thinking to explore switzerland for 4 days and thinking other than Interlaken and Jungfrajoch, which other place is recommended as we are first time here?
What will be the average spending should we prepare per day?
for Jun
for the Swiss pass or swiss card, can i purchase it in London or paris?
for Swiss pass, i can board any train, bus or boats for free while for swiss card, i need to pay 50% of any transports fare?
Annika
Annika
4355 posts
expert &
moderator
May 21, 2010 - 9:23 AM
Hi Alvin, if you will be exploring Switzerland for 4 days (including your inbound and outbound trip) and intend to do quite some traveling, a 4 day Swiss Saver Pass may be convenient for you. With the Swiss Pass, most regular trains, buses and boats are for free, so you can board many of them without buying a ticket first. Mountain railways and cable cars do require you to purchase a (discounted) ticket before boarding. You could review the map on the Swiss Pass page I mentioned before: this shows exactly which parts are for free and which parts are discounted with a Swiss Pass. With the Swiss Card, you should indeed buy half fare tickets for all train, bus, boat and mountain transportation trips (except for your inbound and outbound journey, as these are for free). Once you have in mind what trips you will be making, you can calculate which pass is most economical following the instructions in our rail FAQ. Prices of regular train and bus trips can be found in the online timetable.

If you'll be staying in Switzerland for 4 days, I'd recommend to choose two resorts at the most. You could spend a few nights in the Interlaken region for your trip to the Jungfraujoch and a few nights elsewhere, although the Interlaken region offers more than enough for a 4 day stay as well. You could visit the Jungfraujoch in one day and consider other interesting trips on the other days. Should you consider to spend some nights elsewhere, Lucerne and its surroundings would be a good choice. Lucerne is situated along the shores of an impressive lake and is close to famous viewing points such as Pilatus, Rigi and Titlis.

The Swiss Pass and Swiss Card aren't for sale in London or Paris. You can purchase the Swiss Pass and Swiss Card online in advance and have it delivered to your home address. Just get to the page of the pass and select your country of residence in the order options list. An advantage of an online purchase is that you'll already have your Swiss Pass/Swiss Card at hand during your inbound trip. You can start using it rightaway for the Swiss part of this trip, without having to get off the train to buy your pass. Swiss rail passes are also for sale at larger, manned railway stations in Switzerland.
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:35 PM by Arno

ALL SWISS RAIL PASSES

Find out how the several passes work, what they cost and where to buy.

More

HOW TO PICK THE BEST PASS

Having trouble finding the right rail pass? Learn how to pick the one that best fits your plans.

More

THINGS TO DO IN SWITZERLAND

Suggestions for day trips and hiking trails in the Swiss Alps.

More

THE HOTELS WE SUGGEST

Browse the hotels that we like. Budget hotels, hotels near the rail stations, mid class hotels, luxurious 5-star hotels, airport hotels and more.

More

More on MySwissAlps.com

Swiss tips in your mailbox

Sign up to receive our newsletter and the latest forum messages. The best way to prepare for your trip!

Sign up

Get a customized itinerary for your trip

Let Swiss travel consultants create a customized itinerary. They can arrange for your entire trip.

More
© MySwissAlps.com 2002-2016