Jun 21, 2011 - 6:04 AM
Hello Martin, and welcome!
1) The Swiss Pass covers the Swiss network of trains, including EC trains, but not the Italian network. This means that you have to purchase a regular ticket for the Italian leg of your inbound trip from Milan to Geneva, as this isn't covered by your Swiss Pass yet. The validity of the Swiss Pass starts at certain border stations. Depending on your train connection from Milan, this will probably be Domodossola or Chiasso. Please refer to the map under the link 'Overview of the network on which the Swiss Pass is valid' at the Swiss Pass page
and the timetable
for further details. So you have to buy a non-discounted ticket from Milan to Domodossola or Chiasso. From that point onward, your Swiss Pass serves as your train ticket and the remaining part of the journey is for free.
2) Yes, a 4 day Swiss Saver Pass
would be the right choice for your itinerary, as it contains many long and expensive train journeys. So you'll definitely profit from the free travel offered by the Swiss Pass. It's very comfortable as well, as you don't have to purchase regular tickets (except for your mountain visits to the Jungfraujoch and Titlis/Pilatus, which require discounted tickets).
3) You've planned quite a full travel scheme, but it does allow you to cross larger regions of the country within a few days only. You can make some great (train) journeys as well. For example: travel from Geneva to Interlaken using the Golden Pass route via Gstaad and Zweisimmen on June 25th. And consider the William Tell Express for your trip from Lucerne to Lugano. The timetable will help you out here. One last tip would be to only get up to the Jungfraujoch and Titlis/Pilatus if weather is fine. If it's not, try to find an alternative, such as a boat trip over lake Brienz or Thun (near Interlaken) of lake Lucerne.
I hope you'll have a great stay in Switzerland!
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:35 PM by Arno