Which swiss rail pass to buy?

Which swiss rail pass to buy?

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wrenc
wrenc
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Mar 25, 2012 - 10:31 PM
Hello! A friend and I will be traveling to Switzerland in June for 4 nights; our tentative plan is this:

Day 1: Arrive in Zurich, stay one night
Day 2: Leave for Bern, where we will be based 2 nights
Day 3: Day trip from Bern to Lucerne/Basel or both if possible?
Day 4: Bern to Zermatt, stay in Zermatt for 1 night
Day 5: Travel from Zermatt back to Bern to catch a train to Paris

Which pass should we get for 2 people? Thank you so much!
Arno
Arno
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Mar 26, 2012 - 12:26 AM
Hi wrenc,

This sound like a 4-day Swiss Saver Pass for day 2 to 5. Be sure to check our hotel information about the several towns as well!

Have fun!
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:35 PM by Arno
wrenc
wrenc
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Mar 26, 2012 - 1:49 AM
Hi Arno,

Thanks for the speedy reply! Would you suggest getting the pass online or should we buy it when we arrive in Zurich? Also just to make sure, the Swiss Pass includes the Bern-Brig-Zermatt-Bern journey right? From the information I'm getting from rail websites it seems I have to go to Zermatt from Bern via Brig. The Swiss Pass can be used for transport within Zurich as well right?

Sorry for all the questions! (:
Annika
Annika
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Mar 26, 2012 - 3:26 PM
Hi Wrenc! All purchase options are displayed at the upper right corner of the Swiss Pass page. Just select your country of residence and the right pass variant for an overview of resellers and prices. Advantages of an online purchase are that you can pay in your own currency and that you don't have to spend time purchasing your pass after arrival, but can start using it right away.

Yes, the Swiss Saver Pass covers the trips you mention, including urban transportation in larger cities such as Zurich. The downloadable validity network map at the Swiss Pass page shows the exact coverage of the pass.

You can plan your trips using the online timetable. The most obvious route from Bern to Zermatt is via Thun, Interlaken, Spiez, and the Lötschberg-tunnel connection to Visp. Brig would be a detour in this case. However, if you like scenic rides and don't mind spending a bit more time on your trip, you should catch the regional Lötschberg express via Kandersteg, Goppenstein and Brig (just add Goppenstien as your via-station in the timetable to obtain information on this connection). It's a wonderful trip.
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:35 PM by Arno
maggiehorswell
maggiehorswell
297 posts
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Mar 26, 2012 - 6:55 PM
Hi Annika, we go to Zermatt from Thun via Visp - Interlaken an unnecessary detour? Found this for wrenc on timetable ;-
You take the InterCity from Bern departing track 5 to Visp.
Your journey starts at Bern on 02.08.12 at 09:07, you arrive at Visp is on track 6/7 at 10:02.
Your journey continues by Regio from Visp departing track 3 to Zermatt.
Your journey starts at Visp at 10:10, you arrive at Zermatt is at 11:13.
Summary
The total journey time is: 2:06
This connection is possible on the following days: daily, not 31. Mar
The number of changes is: 1
date irrelevant - just needed to enter one to do search
Maggie
wrenc
wrenc
4 posts
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Mar 26, 2012 - 11:03 PM
Hi Annika and Maggie, thanks for all your help! Maggie - thanks for the search on the timetable, really useful :-)

Would you guys suggest doing excursions to Lucerne or Basel from Bern, or both? Or Interlaken maybe? (Since the Swiss Pass covers these routes as well)
Annika
Annika
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Mar 27, 2012 - 2:10 AM
You're absolutely right Maggie, adding Interlaken was a mistake. A trip to Interlaken and its surroundings (especially Lauterbrunnen/Wengen/Grindelwald) would definitely be worth your time though, Wrenc!
wrenc
wrenc
4 posts
new member
Apr 5, 2012 - 3:21 AM
Hi Annika,

Would you happen to know how long it takes for the shipping of the rail pass? We're from Singapore and are not too sure how long it would take for the passes to reach us if we order by this week.

Thanks again!
Annika
Annika
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Apr 5, 2012 - 5:44 PM
Hi wrench,

If you go to our Swiss Pass page, you can fill out the upper right corner of the page to find the best resellers. Shipping times are listed there as well if you review the details of a particular reseller.

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