Which pass to use- Eurail Pass or Swiss Half Fare?

Which pass to use- Eurail Pass or Swiss Half Fare?

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Minzc
Minzc
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Apr 11, 2017 - 1:57 AM

Hi,

I am traveling alone to Swiss this June. Initially I planned based on Swiss Travel Pass so 8 days in Switzerland and end in Konstanz.

Following is my itinerary: 13 days in Switzerland - Germany

Basel (1 night) - Bern (day trip from Basel) - Basel(1 night) - Interlaken (2 nights, Jungfrau, Lake Brienz) - Luzern 2 nights (Mt. Rigi or Pilatus? Still deciding) - Zurich (1 night) - Rheinfalls, Konstanz (1 night)

Konstanz - Freiburg - Offenburg(Strasbourg) - Stuttgart - Mannheim

I am turning 27 this May, I can still use Eurail Youth Pass but not Swiss Travel Card Youth. Half fare card or Eurail which pass is better for my trip?

Is it possible if I stay base in 1 place Stuttgart/Freiburg then move to Mannheim at last day of my trip? Which location is better as base?

Hope to hear from you guys soon. Thank you!

Lucas
Lucas
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Apr 11, 2017 - 8:35 AM in reply to Minzc

Hi Minzc and welcome to MySwissAlps!

Choosing between Mt. Rigi and Mt. Pilatus is difficult for sure - both are great....I might lean to Mt. Rigi for summer visits....

If I were you I might consider the Eurail Youth Pass and the Swiss Half Fare Card which can give you discounts on the trains that aren't covered in Switzerland by the Eurail Youth Pass.

We don't have information on this site for trips outside of Switzerland. I think Freiburg is a pretty city to base yourself in personally, but it depends on what you want to see and do - trips in Germany take a little longer than in Switzerland, so factor that into your decision on where to base yourself.

Lucas

Last modified on Apr 11, 2017 - 1:36 PM by Lucas
Minzc
Minzc
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Apr 11, 2017 - 4:03 PM in reply to Lucas

Hi Lucas,

Thanks for your helpful reply!

Is the coverage of Eurail itself not sufficient for traveling 8 days in Swiss?

Can you share more on Mt. Rigi summer visit? I am staying nearby Kriens, that's why the hesitation between these 2.

Minz

Last modified on Apr 11, 2017 - 4:09 PM by Minzc
Lucas
Lucas
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Apr 11, 2017 - 6:16 PM in reply to Minzc

Hi Minz,

The Eurail doesn't cover as many routes as Swiss rail passes but it may cover all you need? Have a look at the link above to see where it is valid.

I haven't been to Mt. Rigi yet, but there is a lot of information about it on the link I posted earlier.
Also, from Kriens it would be easier and quicker to go to Mt. Pilatus. :)

Lucas

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