3 days in Switzerland from Zurich in September

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Ahmad83
Ahmad83
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Feb 11, 2019 - 12:02 AM

HI All,

We are family of four (2 adults + 2 kids - 15 & 11 years old) travelling from Paris to Zurich in Sept 2019. I have I have gone through quite a few threads on myswillalps and want to do the following but wanted your advise that if the following suggested:

1. 28th Sept: Arriving in Zurich and doing a early checking in hotel. Then going to Bern to see the old city and come back to Zurich in the evening. Not sure is it worth going to Bern or staying in Zurich and explore. If Bern is suggested then can you please suggest where to visit in Bern if we do a half day trip there and then have to come back to Zurich in the evening.

2. 29th Sept: Starting early around 7:45 a.m. Going to Mt. Titlis.Can you please confirm how much the tickets will cost for 4 (2 adults +2 kids) with a swiss pass.

Spent about three hours at the top Titlis. While coming down, get down the cable car to see Trubsee Lake. Then roaming Engelberg for a bit. On returning to Luzern. See the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge. Come back to around Zurich 8:30 p.m. for Luzern. Is this possible or I will not have much time for Luzerne.

3. 30th Sept: Have two options . Either do a day trip to Mt. Riggi or Mt.Schilthorn via interlaken from Zurich. Which one is suggested.

4. 1st Oct : Early Check out and going to Milan via Lake Como.

I also want suggestion on what train ticket I should go for. Will a 4 day the Swiss rail pass(Includes Mt.Rigi + Mt.Shilthorn+50% off on Mt. Titlis) best option as kids are free with it or there is another better option avaiable for the trip

As I will be travelling from Paris to Zurich if I have a Swiss rail pass will it do me some savings as there is no need for a ticket from Paris to Zurich, because the leg from Basel SBB to Zurich is covered by the pass. So I'll book to Basel SBB from Paris and enjoy the rest of the trip for free with my pass. Not sure how to do the booking on the www.thetrainline.com with swiss pass as cannot find the option to book the journey to Zurich but booking only till Basel SBB.

Also traveling from Zurich to Milan buy ticket from Chiasso to Milan only as from Zurich to Chiasso will be covered by Swiss pass. Can you please suggest how to book this ticket as well on the www.thetrainline.com if possible.

Thanks in advance for all the suggestions.

rockoyster
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Feb 11, 2019 - 2:52 AM in reply to Ahmad83

Hello Ahmed and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

You are correct that the Swiss Travel Pass covers your journeys from and to the Swiss border (is Basel and Chiasso).

Have a look at www.myswissalps.com/tr aintickets/france and www.myswissalps.com/tr aintickets/italy.

You will find Titlis prices at www.titlis.ch/en/activ ity/detail/TITLIS_Rota ir/4485/60698. You get 50% discount with Swiss Travel Pass (and kids travel free with Swiss Family Card).

If you are not yet locked in to staying at Zurich then I would suggest you consider setting up your base at Luzern which is nearest to all the activities you have listed. Luzern is a wonderful city. For things to do in Bern see www.myswissalps.com/be rn/activities

Steph
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Feb 11, 2019 - 9:53 AM in reply to Ahmad83

Hi Ahmad83

You have for sure looked at myswissalps well. :)

Day 1: Can work as you say. You can, however, also consider travelling directly upon arrival from Zurich to Bern and/or Lucerne and staying there for the first night. This of course depends which city you most want to explore. Lucerne is a reasonable base city for the activities you plan in the following days.

Bern - www.myswissalps.com/be rn

Zurich - www.myswissalps.com/zu rich

Lucerne - www.myswissalps.com/lu cerne

Timetables and travelling times can be seen using this link: www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

Day 2: Visiting Mount Titlis, for prices use rockoysters link above.

Day 3: Both your options are nice and easily do-able.

www.myswissalps.com/ri gi

www.myswissalps.com/sc hilthorn

Day 4: Time to say goodbye.

Regarding your questions about travelling into Switzerland with the Swiss Travel Pass you correctly state that you simply have to purchase the ticket Paris - Basel SBB and from there on the Swiss Travel Pass covers your journey. The same is true when leaving Switzerland. For details use Rockoysters link above.

Happy planning and get back to us if you need further support.

Best,

Steph

Ahmad83
Ahmad83
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Feb 12, 2019 - 1:54 AM in reply to rockoyster

HI Steph,

Thanks for replying. I always thought Zurich is more central but I have checked the train travel time to Bern, Mt. Schilthorn and Milan via Como from Lucerne and they almost the same.I changed my hotel booking to Laurence now. Luckily had free cancellation for my hotel in Zurich.

I know both Mt. Rigi and Schilthorn are beautiful. Just want to know which one you recommend in Sept as we had already visited Mt. Titlis one day before.

Thanks.

Ahmad83
Ahmad83
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Feb 12, 2019 - 2:20 AM in reply to Steph

Hi rockoysters ,

Thanks for replying and suggestion. Just wanted to confirm one more thing. We are travelling from Lucerne to Milan on 1st Oct. But I wanted to do a stopover at Lake Como and then goto Milan. Can you please suggest the best possible half day trip (place I can visit in few hours ) in Lake Como if you have any idea.

Lucerne to Milan via Lake como : Plan is

1. Leave luggage at Como station.

2. Goto Lake Como(Not sure which part .. need your suggestion on this

3. Come back to como and pickup luggage and goto Milan.

I have already checked and we can leave our baggage at Como San Giovanni station:

www.thehouseoftraveler s.com/bag-go

Price :

Big Size 5,00 euro

Medium Size 3,00 euro

Small size 2,00 euro

Leave your luggage in our store and enjoy your time in Lake Como

Please can you suggest . Will it be more suitable :

1. to take along the luggage and leave it there in storage at Lake Como (half day visit things to do still have to decide) and then from there take train directly to Milan.

Or

2. come back to Como and then pickup luggage and take train to Milan.

Thanks in advance.

Steph
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Feb 12, 2019 - 10:42 AM in reply to Ahmad83

Hi Ahmad83

I personally would then go to Mount Rigi, as it offers more variety, keeping in mind you've been to Titlis the day before. Just my very personal recommendation.

Happy travelling.

Steph

Ahmad83
Ahmad83
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Feb 12, 2019 - 11:38 AM in reply to Steph

Hi Steph,

Thanks for the reply. I’ll then plan to goto Mt.Rigi.

Sorry but do you have any suggestions for going from Lucerne to Milan Lake Como.

Thanks.

Arno
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Feb 12, 2019 - 6:23 PM

Hi Ahmad83,

A scenic route to get there would be this one: www.myswissalps.com/go tthardpanoramaexpress. If you just want the quickest way then you can use the timetable mentioned by Steph.

Amenghus
Amenghus
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Feb 13, 2019 - 2:50 AM

Hi everyone,

my trip almost similar to Ahmad83, but in coming 15th April... just to get info on Ahmad's question earlier on below:

I will be travelling from Paris to Zurich if I have a Swiss rail pass will it do me some savings as there is no need for a ticket from Paris to Zurich, because the leg from Basel SBB to Zurich is covered by the pass. So I'll book to Basel SBB from Paris and enjoy the rest of the trip for free with my pass. Not sure how to do the booking on the www.thetrainline.com with swiss pass as cannot find the option to book the journey to Zurich but booking only till Basel SBB.

Also traveling from Zurich to Milan buy ticket from Chiasso to Milan only as from Zurich to Chiasso will be covered by Swiss pass. Can you please suggest how to book this ticket as well on the www.thetrainline.com if possible.

do Swiss Travel Pass provide us Saving for train to and from Switzerland? if do, please advise us how to get those tickets.

Thanks in advance.

Amin

Arno
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Feb 13, 2019 - 7:53 AM in reply to Amenghus

Hi Amin, welcome to MySwissAlps!

The Swiss Travel Pass only covers traveling within Switzerland, and there are no discounts for trips outside of Switzerland. Very few exceptions apply to this rule. You can download the coverage map here: www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass/validity. So, you will need tickets to/from the Swiss border: www.myswissalps.com/tr avel/toswitzerland/tra in/tickets.

If you have further questions you can best open a new thread and we'll be glad to help.

Amenghus
Amenghus
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Feb 13, 2019 - 8:52 AM in reply to Arno

Hi Arno,

Thanks for the info. looking forward to this trip :)

Amin

Ahmad83
Ahmad83
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Feb 13, 2019 - 11:22 AM in reply to Arno

Hi Arno,

just wanted to confirm the ticket from Lucerne to Milan via Como I should buy only Chiasso to Milan and stopover at Como.

Or buy separate tickets Chiasso to como and then Como to Milan.

Arno
Arno
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Feb 13, 2019 - 11:49 AM in reply to Ahmad83

Hi Ahmad83,

Lucerne to Chiasso is covered by your Swiss Travel Pass, so indeed you only need tickets for Chiasso to Milan. I am not familiar with the details of Italian tickets, whether they are or can be time bound. Normally you'd just travel on regional trains without seat reservations, so one ticket for the day should be fine, even with a stop in Como. If you know your departure time from Como though, you could buy a separate ticket for that. You'll find options here: www.myswissalps.com/tr aintickets/italy/price. Personally I'd buy one ticket Chiasso to Milan to be flexible.

Last modified on Feb 13, 2019 - 11:50 AM by Arno
Ahmad83
Ahmad83
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Feb 20, 2019 - 10:23 AM in reply to Arno

HI Arno,

Sorry for asking again. Just wanted to confirm as I am not sure. That do we need reservation if we have a swiss travel pass when travelling from:

1. Paris to Luzerne - Pay only from Paris to Basel SBB. But do I need advance reservation for the whole journey. f yes then where to do the reservation with a swiss pass for this journey.

2. Lucerne to Milan- Pay only from Chiasso to Milan .But do I need advance reservation for the whole journey. If yes then where to do the reservation with a swiss pass. Can I get the ticket from Luzerene train station from Chiasso to Milan or I have buy online as this is going to be a Italy regional ticket.

3. Will Mount Schilthorn have snow in end of September or will be dry.

Thanks in advance.

Regards,

Ahmad

Arno
Arno
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Feb 20, 2019 - 12:50 PM

Hi Ahmad,

1. All you need is a ticket from Paris to Basel SBB which includes a seat reservation. This ticket is not related to the Swiss Travel Pass. Please see www.myswissalps.com/tr aintickets/france/pric e for the options.

2. Indeed you only need a ticket from Chiasso to Milan, which includes a reservation: www.myswissalps.com/tr aintickets/italy/price. You don't need a ticket or reservation for the Swiss part of the trip.

3. Sorry, no way to know that now :-) Could be either. It used to have snow all year round but nowadays it's not guaranteed anymore.

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