Which Swiss Rail Pass to choose

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chhabrahk
chhabrahk
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May 11, 2015 - 7:22 AM

HI

Based upon my following itinerary, which Swiss rail pass to choose? Swiss Travel Pass Or Swiss Travel Pass Flex Or Swiss Half Fare Card? Which one will be lesser price?

Day 1-Travel Zurich to Lucerne

Day 2 – Lucerne- Local Site seeing

Day 3-Lucerne-Golden Round Trip Mt. Pilatus

Day 4 Lucerne- Round Trip to Mt .Titlis

Day 5 – Travel Lucerne to Interlaken-Golden Pass Line

Day 6 – Interlaken-Jungfrau Round Trip Day

Day 7 – Travel Interlaken to Zermatt; Trip to Matterhorn Gandola

Day 8 – Round trip Glacier Express Zermatt to Chur

Day 9 – Zermatt to Zurich Airport

Arno
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May 11, 2015 - 7:44 AM

Hi chhabrahk,

Welcome, and thanks for your question! I would choose the 8-day Swiss Travel Pass, and use it on day 2 to 9. If you travel to Lucerne in the morning of day 2 that trip would be included as well. The only way to make 100% sure this is the cheapest option, is to do the math as explained here. In your case you can get a Swiss Travel Pass through raileurope-gcc.com/pass/swiss-pass. Be sure to also order along the Glacier Express reservations.

I would recommend to reconsider your plan for day 8. It takes nearly 5 hours to get back from Chur to Zermatt, and you will even pass through Zurich, which is your destination for the next day. You'll have a much better experience if you stay on the Glacier Express to St. Moritz, spend the night there, and travel to Zurich on day 9.

chhabrahk
chhabrahk
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May 11, 2015 - 8:23 AM in reply to Arno
Arno said:

Hi chhabrahk,

Welcome, and thanks for your question! I would choose the 8-day Swiss Travel Pass, and use it on day 2 to 9. If you travel to Lucerne in the morning of day 2 that trip would be included as well. The only way to make 100% sure this is the cheapest option, is to do the math as explained here. In your case you can get a Swiss Travel Pass through raileurope-gcc.com/pass/swiss-pass. Be sure to also order along the Glacier Express reservations.

I would recommend to reconsider your plan for day 8. It takes nearly 5 hours to get back from Chur to Zermatt, and you will even pass through Zurich, which is your destination for the next day. You'll have a much better experience if you stay on the Glacier Express to St. Moritz, spend the night there, and travel to Zurich on day 9.

Thanks! for the response. I will try to re-adjust my program accordion to your advise.

Furthermore I have a query:

By using Swiss travel pass the Excursions to Mt. Pilatus, Mt. Titlis, Jungfraunch, Materhorn, Glacier Express, Golden Pass line, Mt Rigi, and other major attractions are cost free? If No, what would be the discount?


Arno
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May 11, 2015 - 9:18 AM
You're welcome! The discounts on excursions can be found on myswissalps.com/ swisstravelpass/validity. In short: excursions are 50% discounted, except for Mount Rigi (free), Golden Pass (free), Glacier Express (free, except for the seat reservations) and Jungfraujoch (free until Wengen/Grindelwald, 25% off beyond these villages). Town to town trains, buses and boats are all free.
chhabrahk
chhabrahk
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May 11, 2015 - 10:21 AM in reply to Arno

Arno said: You're welcome! The discounts on excursions can be found on myswissalps.com/ swisstravelpass/validity. In short: excursions are 50% discounted, except for Mount Rigi (free), Golden Pass (free), Glacier Express (free, except for the seat reservations) and Jungfraujoch (free until Wengen/Grindelwald, 25% off beyond these villages). Town to town trains, buses and boats are all free.

Thanks! a lot Arno!

chhabrahk
chhabrahk
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May 11, 2015 - 11:04 AM in reply to chhabrahk
chhabrahk said:

Arno said: You're welcome! The discounts on excursions can be found on myswissalps.com/ swisstravelpass/validity. In short: excursions are 50% discounted, except for Mount Rigi (free), Golden Pass (free), Glacier Express (free, except for the seat reservations) and Jungfraujoch (free until Wengen/Grindelwald, 25% off beyond these villages). Town to town trains, buses and boats are all free.

Thanks! a lot Arno!

Hi Amro

What is your opinion if i take glacier express on Day-9; up to Chur and onward journey from Chur to Zurich in other train to reach destination -Zurich!

Arno
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May 12, 2015 - 4:35 AM

Hi chhabrahk,

That allows you to stay an extra day in Zermatt, which is worth it. Just one night is really short, and you risk not seeing the mountains if it happens to be bad weather during the few hours you're there. So yes, it's a good idea to stay longer.

chhabrahk
chhabrahk
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May 15, 2015 - 4:32 PM in reply to Arno

Hi

based upon my tour program, can you pl suggest me type of clothes required? As this is my first travel to Switzerland I am not very clear on clothing to be carried. I have seen in some forums talking about layers of clothes but as my plan is to visit mountains and Zermatt , can you specify what clothing required? Warm or ...

Annika
Annika
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May 16, 2015 - 10:14 AM
Hi chhabrahk! I'm not sure in which season you intend to travel, and that matters greatly. In any case, if visits to mountain tops are involved you will need warm clothing, like a fleece sweater and warm jacket. Dressing in layers is wise indeed. This page provides further tips.
chhabrahk
chhabrahk
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May 16, 2015 - 11:04 AM in reply to Annika

Hi annika

thanks for your response and advise. I am traveling to Switzerland in June third week onwards and intend to visit Lucerne Interlaken and Zermatt with all mountain excursions included.

regards

hement

chhabrahk
chhabrahk
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May 18, 2015 - 8:37 AM in reply to chhabrahk

Hi

By holding Swiss travel pass , are the excursions to mount Pilatus, mount Titlis and Mattterhorn in Zermatt are free?

Olga
Olga
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May 18, 2015 - 8:53 AM in reply to chhabrahk

www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass/validity will show you where your Swiss Travel Pass is valid and where there are discounts. There's also a downloadable map which gives you even more information.

Have a nice trip!

chhabrahk
chhabrahk
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Jun 4, 2015 - 10:59 AM in reply to Olga

Hi

Can I take my luggage in the Glacier express panoramic train (Zermatt to Chur) as I ahve to travel to Zurich on the same day to catch return flight? Is there any extra charge on the luggage ?

Arno
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Jun 4, 2015 - 5:24 PM

Sure, you can take luggage at no extra charge. Or you can send it ahead to Zurich and collect it there. Please see here for the options.

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