Train travel in Switzerland and Austria?

Train travel in Switzerland and Austria?

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: 5. This thread is closed.
jwmccann
jwmccann
8 posts
new member
Feb 21, 2016 - 7:53 PM

Hello!

General Itinerary:

My wife and I are planning travel to Switzerland and Austria this July. We arrive in Switzerland and spend about a week traveling from the airport to the Jungfrau region (5 nights), then to Aescher Inn (1 night). From there, we wanted to travel to Innsbruck, Austria (2 nights) then to Salzburg, Austria (2 nights). Finally, depart Salzburg for Lucerne, Switzerland for a few nights before we depart Zurich back to the US.

Question about Trains:

I'm unsure how to plan the train trips for these two countries. I've researched the Swiss Travel Pass and understand how that works in Switzerland and the discounts for the Jungfrau Region, but I know very little about trains in Austria, how I'd get from Switzerland to Innsbruck, etc. I'm ultimately spending 9 days in Switzerland and 5 in Austria, so I'm not sure what the best train pass would be. If I buy the Eurail pass that covers both countries, does it work in Switzerland just like the Swiss Travel Pass? Are the discounts in Jungfrau the same?

Thanks for any advice!

Arno
Arno
7718 posts
expert &
moderator
Feb 22, 2016 - 6:10 AM

Hi jwmccann, welcome to MySwissAlps!

I can't help with questions about Austria, but I can help with the passes. The Eurail Pass and Swiss Travel Pass are not identical. A Swiss Travel Pass covers significantly more, but whether that matters depends on your travel plans. You can find lots of details here:

With 9 days in Switzerland it's probably better to have an 8-day Swiss Travel Pass and a separate one for Austria, but the above links help you to make sure.
Last modified on Jun 28, 2016 - 6:34 PM by Annika
jwmccann
jwmccann
8 posts
new member
Feb 22, 2016 - 2:17 PM in reply to Arno

I think you mean the Swiss Travel Pass Flex as the ~8 days I'll be in Switzerland are staggered (6 days in Switzerland, then 5 in Austria, then 2 in Switzerland). Do you agree? Thanks for the reply and info!

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2653 posts
expert
Feb 23, 2016 - 1:07 AM in reply to jwmccann

<<"then to Aescher Inn (1 night).">>

Good for you.

Do you like to climb?

Enjoy the cuisine.

Slowpoke

Arno
Arno
7718 posts
expert &
moderator
Feb 23, 2016 - 9:19 AM in reply to jwmccann

Sorry I missed that; indeed a Swiss Travel Pass Flex would be an option in that case. But in practice that pass proves to be too expensive for many travelers. It might be better to consider either a Swiss Half Fare Card (valid for one month), or a consecutive Swiss Travel Pass for your first few days plus a Tell-Pass for your days in Lucerne. The last link in my previous post will help you choose. Doing the math will also reveal whether the Flex pass is too expensive in your case as well, or if it actually does fit your plans.

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