Jul 17, 2012 - 9:32 AM
Hello Twiglet, and welcome here. I think hiring a car is pretty expensive too. I don't have personal experience with this, but you can ask for quotes from several car rental companies (such as easyCar, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt).
As for train traveling: it's not cheap indeed, but you'll save lots of money by choosing the right rail pass. Moreover, some destinations can only be reached by train and public transportation in Switzerland is very convenient. Which pass is best, depends on your exact travel plans. It's a bit hard to advise on this, as I don't know what kind of trips you want to make. These guidelines
may be a starting point, as well as the rail pass overview
; just click on any of the passes to get to a page with more details, a validity map, purchase options and so on. The Swiss timetable
is the most reliable source for train connections and prices: enter a trip, choose a connection and click Fare/Buy. (Do mind that half-fare prices are displayed by default. Uncheck this half-fare box to see regular full fare prices).
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