Which pass (if any?) 2 adults and 10 yr. old

Which pass (if any?) 2 adults and 10 yr. old

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cos24
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Jan 5, 2017 - 6:11 PM

Salzburg to Lauterbrunnen train is already paid for..so what would be left would be Lauterbrunnen to Lucerne (1 day in Lucerne going on a boatride and possibily (but probably not because of already spending 3 days in the Swiss Alps) going up a mountain - Rigi or Pilatus)...

In Lauterbrunnen, this is what we are planning.... ride up to Grutshalp. train to Muerren ride. Walk through Muerren. take the cable car up to the top of the Schilthorn . and maybe have lunch (if it is required) train to Gimmelwald, then ride the cable car down to Stechelberg. At the Stechelberg cable car station, take the bus back to the Lauterbrunnen train station.

On the second day, I belive we will go back to Murren and spend more time and then head back to Lauterbrunnen using the same transport mentioned above.

Should we get a certain pass or pay as we go? What do you think?

Arno
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Jan 5, 2017 - 7:46 PM

Hi cos24,

Thanks for your post! If you need a pass, the Swiss Half Fare Card is most likely to be your best bet. But you will need to do the math to be sure. Whether you visit a mountain near Lucerne might make a difference, and also where you go after your stay.

The links provide many more details. Let us know if you need more help!

cos24
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Jan 5, 2017 - 8:59 PM

Thanks for the info. I think I have just about all the math done. The only thing I'm having trouble finding is the price of a 45 minute or so boat ride on Lucerne Lake and I assume the cost of the train ride back to Lucerne from Weggis. I got lost on their website trying to figure things out so if you're able to just give me a rough idea of the cost of the boat ride and train back 2 lucern that would be great and help me finalize my cost comparison.

cos24
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Jan 5, 2017 - 10:41 PM

Also, is the train from Lucerne to the Zurich airport included with the 3 day Swiss Travel Pass?

Arno
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Jan 6, 2017 - 8:14 AM in reply to cos24

Hi cos24,

A one way boat ticket from Lucerne to Weggis costs CHF 19.60. There is no train station in Weggis. The bus to Küssnacht am Rigi, then the train to Lucerne costs CHF 10.40.

The train to Zurich airport is free with the Swiss Travel Pass. The boats and buses mentioned above are free as well, and the train all the way to Mount Rigi too if you consider that. You can find the coverage map here: myswissalps.com/swisst ravelpass/validity.

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cos24
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Jan 6, 2017 - 12:03 PM

Thank you for the helpful info. The bus that you mention at Küssnacht am Rigi, to Lucerne, about how long should I budget for that bus ride?

If I leave directly from Küssnacht am Rigi, to Zurich? Would that save me time ?

Are you allowed to bring backpacks on the boat ride?

The bus that you mentioned to Küssnacht am Rigi, does that take you to the train to Mount Rigi or is Rigi in Weggis?

Sorry for all the questions.

Arno
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Jan 6, 2017 - 1:05 PM in reply to cos24

Hi cos24,

The Mount Rigi page I linked to in my previous post has a map with all the details: trains to the summit depart from Arth-Goldau and Vitznau (the boat goes there as well).

For public transport schedules you'd best check the timetable and fill out your actual destination. If it's Zurich, it will show you how to get there from Weggis.

cos24
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Jan 6, 2017 - 3:25 PM

Ok, thanks, do you know the answer to the question about the backpacks?

Arno
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Jan 6, 2017 - 4:50 PM in reply to cos24

No problem with backpacks, many tourists carry them. Sorry for missing that!

cos24
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Jan 6, 2017 - 6:45 PM

thank thank you. I have reviewed the website and also taking a look at the locations of everything on Google Maps. You had said in a previous post that trains to the summit depart from Arth-Goldau and Vitznau (the boat goes there as well).

Rather than taking the boat to Weggis. It seems like it would be easier to get to Mount Rigi by taking the boat to Vitznau? Would that we correct? Is that what people normally do?

cos24
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Jan 6, 2017 - 7:18 PM

I leave Lauterbrunnen on Thursday, June 1 at 7am but if my plan (not necessarily on this otder) is to spend a couple of hours in Lucerne, take a 1 hr. boat ride, and the rest of the day at Mt.Rigi, knowing that I have to be at the Zurich airport at 20.00 pm , how would you structure my day if you were me? In what order...

Arno
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Jan 7, 2017 - 10:02 AM

Hi cos24,

I would visit Lucerne first, unless the weather forecast for the afternoon was worse. Then take the boat to Vitznau and the train up the mountain from there. Take the train down to Arth-Goldau and travel to Zurich airport from there.

cos24
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Jan 7, 2017 - 10:57 AM

I'll do that. Thanks

cos24
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Jan 7, 2017 - 3:02 PM in reply to Arno

"I would visit Lucerne first, unless the weather forecast for the afternoon was worse. Then take the boat to Vitznau and the train up the mountain from there. Take the train down to Arth-Goldau and travel to Zurich airport from there."

i love your suggestion above, but if we get tired of carrying our backpacks, where would you advise we leave them?

Arno
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Jan 7, 2017 - 3:07 PM in reply to cos24

Hi cos24,

I would send my luggage ahead to the airport and travel light that day: myswissalps.com/train/ practical/luggage. Another option is to store it at the station in Lucerne, but that would mean you need to travel via Lucerne on the way to Zurich.

cos24
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Jan 7, 2017 - 3:57 PM in reply to Arno

Thanks. I just checked out the pricing on the website. Is it unusual for someone to go on the Mount Rigi trip with a backpack a small rolling suitcase?

Arno
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Jan 7, 2017 - 6:24 PM in reply to cos24

Most people do travel light during mountain trips as it enables them to do a short walk on the top or along the way. But if you prefer to bring your luggage you can do so.

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