Train from Milan to Interlaken / pass or tickets?

Train from Milan to Interlaken / pass or tickets?

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shreya
shreya
3 posts
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May 15, 2016 - 3:57 PM

Hi Guys!

I'm planning a trip to Switzerland in August. I was thinking of Interlaken (3 days)-Lucerne (2days) -Zurich (1day).

1. I'm getting a little confused about booking tickets from Milan to Spiez (for reaching Interlaken). Should I book Milan to some border town (if so which one?) using Trenitalia and then step onto a Swiss train using a Swiss pass?

2. Also, does it make sense to buy an 8 day Swiss pass as compared to buying point to point tickets? I'm flying back from Zurich. Are all trains on my route covered by the pass?

3. Do the Switzerland trains need to be booked in advance, (including the one from the border town to Spiez) or can I hop on with a pass / purchase the ticket at the station, given peak season of August?

Thanks a lot for your help in Advance! Going a bit crazy trying to figure out if it will be more economical to invest in the pass or not, and how to go about the booking!

Arno
Arno
7721 posts
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May 15, 2016 - 4:56 PM

Welcome to MySwissAlps shreya!

I assume you mean the Swiss Travel Pass, right? Please see here for what a Swiss Pass is.

1. Please see the Swiss Travel Pass page for what's included in the pass. If you download the map you'll find all details. In your case you just need a ticket from Milan to Domodossola (the border town). You can buy it from any of the websites listed here. The rest of it is covered by the pass so you do not need a ticket.

2. Whether is makes sense depends on your plans. Please see the map I explained about, and this page helps you choose.

3. No reservations required, please see here.

I hope this was useful.

Last modified on May 15, 2016 - 4:57 PM by Arno
shreya
shreya
3 posts
new member
May 15, 2016 - 5:10 PM in reply to Arno

Thank you so much Arno! Just a quick followup question, if I book from Milan to Domodossola on Trenitalia, do I need to get off and change the train to Spiez? Or is it an onward journey and I just need to show the Swiss Travel Pass? In case of the latter, how do I know which of the trains from Milan actuall go onwards to Spiez? Or do I book from Milan to Spiez and there is some option on Trenitalia as well for Swiss travel pass?

Arno
Arno
7721 posts
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moderator
May 15, 2016 - 5:46 PM in reply to shreya

You're welcome! You just stay seated as the ticket and pass cover the whole journey. You can first search for a train to Spiez but don't book it. Then search for Domodossola and book that same train (same departure time).

shreya
shreya
3 posts
new member
May 16, 2016 - 4:31 AM in reply to Arno

Thanks a ton Arno! Have booked till Domodossola :)

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