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knoyu
knoyu
3 posts
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Mar 10, 2015 - 3:39 AM

Hi, I'm planning my honeymoon in April but I'm quite clueless on travel fees and passes. Hoping to get some guidance and advice here. Thanks!

My itinerary :

Day 1: Travel Zurich to Luzern
Day 2: Luzern - Mt Rigi
Day 3: Luzern - Mt Titlis
Day 4: Travel Luzern to Interlaken
Day 5: Interlaken - Schilthorn
Day 6: Interlaken - Schynige Platte
Day 7: Interlaken - Jungfraujoch
Day 8: Travel Interlaken to Paris
Day 9: Paris - Eiffel Tower / The Louve Museum
Day 10: Paris - Disneyland
Day 11: Free n Easy
Day 12: Flight back

Since most of my Switzerland days are spent at 1 attraction/day, I was wondering if it made sense to get a swiss pass or not.

Another question is, what is the difference between Swiss Pass and France-Swiss Pass? And which is more useful for our trip?

Appreciate any ideas and tips on how to plan our travelling for the trip. Thank you!

Arno
Arno
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Mar 10, 2015 - 8:08 PM

Hi knoyu,

To learn how to find the pass that results in the lowest travel costs, please check this page. My guess is that an 8-day Swiss Travel Pass is the best choice for you (the Swiss Pass no longer exists). On day 8, it also includes the train ride to Basel (the border) for free. You need to order a ticket from Basel to Paris along with your pass. The France-Switzerland Pass is explained here, but it does not make sense in your case because you have only planned a one way trip to Paris. A local pass for Paris may be convenient.

An alternative to look into is the Swiss Half Fare Card. In any case, do make sure you first have a doable itinerary before you start comparing passes. The Schynige Platte railway will not be operational until late May. The Schilthorn is closed for maintenance from April 20 to 24. Have some alternatives in mind (e.g. boat trips), because the mountain trips require good weather. All our attraction pages offer links to timetables, and there's the national timetable too, containing schedules for nearly all public transport.

I hope this gets you started!

Arno

knoyu
knoyu
3 posts
new member
Mar 11, 2015 - 1:04 AM in reply to Arno

Thank you Arno for your useful tips and info!

I have a better idea how to go about the ticketing now.

I was planning to visit Schynige Platte on April 24. How can I get there if the Schynige Platte railway is not operational? Or is Schynige Platte also closed for now?

Thank you!

Olga
Olga
460 posts
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Mar 11, 2015 - 8:52 AM in reply to knoyu

Hello knoyu,

As far as I can see here the Schynige Platte Bahn will not be operational on April 24. You can hike up and down, but you will have to be in a very good condition and if there's still snow (or if it's still wet) it may be very hard or even undoable to get there, in my opinion. We hiked down a couple of times, but that was in the middle of summer...

Have a nice trip,

Olga

knoyu
knoyu
3 posts
new member
Mar 12, 2015 - 7:34 AM in reply to Olga

Hi Olga,

Thanks for your info. I didn't know Schynige Platte and the railway is only open from late May til Oct every year.

A bit disappointed as we were looking forward to visiting the place, but guess I will just have to look for other places to visit.

We might plan Apr 24 - Jungfraujoch, Apr 25 - Bern (day trip), Apr 26 - Schilthorn
Any other suggestions are welcome! May consider skipping Schilthorn as we will be visiting quite a few mountains already.

Cheers!

Arno
Arno
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moderator
Mar 12, 2015 - 5:44 PM

Hi knoyu,

Other suggestions can be found on the Bernese Oberland page.

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