2018 changes Travel pass or travel pass flex

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Lisadee
Lisadee
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Mar 23, 2018 - 10:12 PM

Is it true that Mt pilatus is no longer covered? If not, do they at least offer a discount?

What about the TELL Pass, does it cover it or did they take that away too? Can i order that online at the same time as the travel pass for a trip in JUNE? Thanks

rockoyster
rockoyster
3367 posts
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Mar 24, 2018 - 3:49 AM in reply to Lisadee

Pilatus is 50% discount with the Swiss Travel Pass. It is free with Tell Pass.

www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass/validity

www.myswissalps.com/te llpass/validity

Do you really need Swiss Travel Pass and a Tell Pass?

Lucas
Lucas
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Mar 24, 2018 - 6:33 AM in reply to Lisadee

Hi Lisa,

The Tell Pass can't be emailed to you but you can order it at the same companies as the Swiss Travel Pass or pick it up in Switzerland at a rail station. There's free shipping via https://www.happyrail. com/en/pass/europe/swi tzerland/regional-pass-tell-pass. I doubt you would want/need both passes though. The Swiss Travel Pass probably is the way to go. If you go up Mt. Pilatus at least you get 50% off. You could go up Mt. Rigi (near Lucerne) which is still free.

Use the links from Rockoyster to see all the mountains included on the Swiss Travel Pass - to keep costs low just visit the "free/fully included" mountains. :)

Last modified on Mar 24, 2018 - 2:43 PM by Arno
Lisadee
Lisadee
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Mar 24, 2018 - 7:07 PM

ok rockoyster and Lucas:

For one adult and 1 youth

8 day travel pass = total 787.00 + add (what would they pay for 2 boats, cogs and gondolas? - Mt Pilatus)+ add (Grindelwald MT FIRST -the ride all the way up plus the zip down)

versus

4day flex plus 2 day tell(lucerne) = 836.00 (boat, cog, gondola -Mt Pilatus is FREE?) + add (Grindelwald MT FIRST -the ride all the way up plus the zip down)

if i go with both passes - i chose flex because the last day will be a full day in Zurich and i dont think the tell pass would work there -so I would need to switch back to the travel pass.

SO which one would you do?

Last thing. Im almost at the end of this. Between figuring Italy out and Switzerland simulatanously- im a little braindead. I try to go to the trenitalia or raileurope sites but nothing comes up exceot Rome to milan? Im scared to book a Rome to Milan because what if there a better connection once the full trip routes comes up. Am I doing something wrong. Im not that far out to book am i? Coming from Rome to Grindelwald. Do they go through the same routes as the scenic trains? (dont want to extend the trip too much). Do you have suggestions on the exact train types or stops i should enter in the timetable to reserve? The other thing is once I tried it and it gave me tickets but I dont know how i did that- problem was that it asked me for passport numbers and my son just applied for an expedited passport yesterday (2-3 week delivery)

rockoyster
rockoyster
3367 posts
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Mar 24, 2018 - 7:28 PM in reply to Lisadee

Hello Lisa,

Without knowing what your full itinerary looks like it’s hard to say which pass combination is best.

I would choose the 8-day Swiss Travel Pass but then I place a high priority on convenience and less on trying to squeeze the last CHF of savings out of the deal.

Boats will be free and Pilatus will cost CHF36 each with STP. See www.pilatus.ch/en/book ing/prices/.

For your trip from Italy have you read www.myswissalps.com/tr aintickets/italy

Have you looked at www.trainline.eu/searc h/roma-termini/chiasso/2018-06-07-06:00 to buy ticket from Rome to Chiasso (Swiss border) where Swiss Travel Pass will kick in.

Last modified on Mar 24, 2018 - 7:33 PM by rockoyster
Lucas
Lucas
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Mar 25, 2018 - 8:42 AM in reply to Lisadee

HI Lisa,

If you have no interest in staying or exploring in Milan I would book a ticket from Rome to Chiasso or Domodossola (when available). They are the border towns that your train would travel through (one or the other) and not worry about tickets to Milan.

Once you find a ticket to buy to Chiasso/Domodossola pay attention to what train it is (# and scheduled arrival) and see where the train goes after Chiasso - you almost certainly won't be changing trains in at the border on your way to Grindelwald (it may be Domodossola or another town further on).

rockoyster
rockoyster
3367 posts
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Mar 25, 2018 - 8:46 AM in reply to Lucas

OMG what was I thinking? Domodossola is a much more direct route than Chiasso. What a senior's moment. 👴🏻

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