Train travel from Paris to Bern/Lucerne area

Train travel from Paris to Bern/Lucerne area

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Reema
Reema
3 posts
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Jun 7, 2016 - 5:01 AM

Hello,

I am planning to travel to Switzerland ( Bern and Luzerne) from Paris for about 3 days with my family. I am looking for the most economical travel options ( via Train from Paris) to arrive at these Swiss locations and return back to Paris. I have been looking at train options from Paris to Bern and have been checking the Swiss travel pass as well for travel within Switzerland. I am not sure what combination would work be most cost effective. I am not keen on getting a euro rail pass as I am only travelling to Switzerland outside of Paris.

I am travelling with two seniors so want make the best of this trip. Any suggestions will be helpful.

Thank you!

Arno
Arno
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Jun 7, 2016 - 10:52 AM

Welcome Reema, thanks for joining us!

I agree with you that a Eurail pass is unlikely to be your best option. If you just need a ticket from Paris to Switzerland, you can book that separately. How to do so is explained here: myswissalps.com/traint ickets/france. As you can see on the Promotions tab of that page, there are some promotions now. Whether you qualify for them depends on your travel date. If you have a Swiss Travel Pass you would only need a ticket to the border (usually Basel).

These pages provide more information:

Reema
Reema
3 posts
new member
Jun 7, 2016 - 3:35 PM in reply to Arno

Thanks Arno.

Would it work if I travel via train from Paris to Neuchatel, Switzerland (QNC) and then switch train to get to Bern using the Swiss travel Pass? I am not sure if entry to Neuchatel, Switzerland (QNC) is possible on a regular ticket or if I have to go through Geneva or Basel first to enter Switzerland prior to starting to use my Swiss travel pass?

Thanks!

Arno
Arno
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Jun 7, 2016 - 5:42 PM

Hi Reema,

yI'm not sure what QNC means, but you can take any route you like. Just buy a ticket to the Swiss/French border station on that route. The Swiss Travel Pass covers your trip from there. You can print the pass at home so you can stay seated and show the pass on request.

The usual route is through Basel. Via Geneva is a bit slower. I think there's a connection from Paris to Neuchâtel too, but it seems to (temporarily) include a change to a bus. I'm not sure why that is and when it will be all train again. You'd better check for your travel date and time. The timetable provides all the details.

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