Best rail pass for Paris+Switzerland+Venice

Best rail pass for Paris+Switzerland+Venice

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Swissdec2017
Swissdec2017
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May 21, 2017 - 3:50 PM

Dear all,

below is our itinerary for our 4 adults, 1 teen(12 yrs old) & 1 kid(11 years old) first trip to Europe. Pls help:

29/11 arrival at Paris CDG airport at 12:25noon (check in) - night: visit musee de louvre,Eiffel Tower & bateau Parisienne

30/11 Paris : Notre Dame, Musee orsay,Petit palais,grand palais,Palais de I'Elysee, Champs Elysees, Arc de triumphe

1/12 Paris: Chateau de Versailles, scare-coeur, moulinRouge, galaries Lafayette Haussmann

2/12: Paris - Basel -lucerne ( lake Lucernce,chapel bridge,lion monument,Swiss museum of transport) - engelberg (check in late in engelberg)

3/12: Mt. titlis - Engelberg

4/12: engelberg- Lucerne - Interlaken(** after Interlaken we plan to enter Venice. Flight or train will be more convenient?

5/12: Venice

6/12: Venice

7/12: Venice - Verona ( Christmas market)

8/12: Venice flight at 3pm back to Malaysia.

since we are traveling among 3 countries, should I consider using euro pass? Or any other better choice.

Thanks

Swissdec2017
Swissdec2017
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May 21, 2017 - 3:54 PM

Sorry, I mean using Eurail train pass not euro pass😅

Lucas
Lucas
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May 22, 2017 - 8:25 AM in reply to Swissdec2017

Hi Swissdec2017 and welcome to MySwissAlps!

I'm not sure if the Eurail Select Pass (not Euro Pass or Eurail train pass) is best for you or not. You need to be traveling by train a fair bit in all 3 countries to make it worth it and it seems you aren't traveling by train in France or Italy very much (except to leave Paris and get to Venice and Verona).

You may be best off buying point to point tickets into and out of Switzerland and buying a 3 day Swiss Travel Pass for your trips in Switzerland. You can then get the free Swiss Family Pass to cover all train trips for your two children. Another option is to look at the Swiss Half Fare Card for the adults instead of the Swiss Travel Pass. This gives you 50% off all train trips (but you still have to buy tickets for each trip so it's not quite as convenient as the Swiss Travel Pass.

To help you compare the costs of point to point tickets vs. one of the rail passes click here.

From Interlaken it would be more convenient to train to Venice (you'd have to train to Basel or Zurich and then fly from there).

You can search for train schedules on the Swiss railways timetable here, to help plan your trips.

I hope that helps you get started - let us know if you have further questions!

Lucas

Last modified on May 22, 2017 - 9:09 AM by Annika
Swissdec2017
Swissdec2017
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May 22, 2017 - 1:17 PM

Thanks for your reply. Will it be any discount for train from Paris to Basel and from domodossola to Milan with Swiss pass?

Thanks

Swissdec2017
Swissdec2017
38 posts
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May 22, 2017 - 3:11 PM

Dear all, is the beginning of Dec(2nd Dec to 4th Dec)a good time to visit those places in Switzerland?

Lucas
Lucas
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May 22, 2017 - 5:02 PM in reply to Swissdec2017

No, the Swiss Travel Pass is only valid in Switzerland, so the train tickets you mention will be a regular price.

Yes, Switzerland is quite nice in the winter - just be prepared for temperatures well below 0 when you go up Mt. Titlis.

Lucas

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