8 days Lucerne & Interlaken - rail pass options

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Rohit AG
Rohit AG
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Jun 23, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Hello. We are travelling to Switzerland in mid week of august and have approx 8 days in Switzerland. We have planned the below itinerary, kindly review and provide your suggestions.

  • Day 1: Reaching Zurich, Will see zurich city and go to lucern for stay. Let me know If I should go for Rhine Falls.
  • Day 2: Titles and engleberg, Stay in lucern
  • Day 3 : Visit Lucern city, transfer to interlaken, visit bern old town and interlaken. Stay in interlaken
  • Day 4: Trip to Jungfrau from interlaken
  • Day 5: Trip to lauterbrunen from interlaken
  • Day 6: Nothing fixed, thinking about round trip on golden pass, or first cliff walk & lake ride. Need suggestion. (not interested in any sports activities)
  • Day 7: Nothing planned. Need suggestion.
  • Day-8: departure from Zurich around 14:00

Regarding Swiss Pass: Can you advise which pass would be more cost effective swiss travel pass for 8 or Swiss Half Fare card.

Thanks in advance !!!

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Jun 24, 2018 - 7:23 AM in reply to Rohit AG

Hi Rohit and welcome to MySwissAlps!

Day 1: A Rheinfall visit depends on how you feel after your flight and how much time you have that day. It is about an hour fro the airport and then about 2 hours to Lucerne.

Day 3: Are you going to Bern before Interlaken? it would make more sense but then you miss a nice train trip between Lucerne and Interlaken direct.

Day 5, 6 and 7,: I'd have a read through our Jungfrau region suggestions here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/jungfrauregion/a ctivities

First Flyer is fun, as is a hike from First to Bachalpsee: https://www.myswissalp s.com/hiking/bachsee
The Golden Pass route to Montreux is a good option for a day trip as is a boat ride on Lake Thun
https://www.myswissalp s.com/boatlakethun
https://www.myswissalp s.com/goldenpass/getti ngthere

For rail passes, the 8 day Swiss Travel Pass makes a lot of sense. Certainly the simplest option. https://www.myswissalp s.com/swisstravelpass/ price

but to know which pass is the cheapest overall, you'll have to do the math: https://www.myswissalp s.com/train/ticketspas ses/practical/choosera ilpass
Once you have each day's itinerary set you can compare rail passes vs. point to point tickets with the help of the page above.

Rohit AG
Rohit AG
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Jun 26, 2018 - 6:05 PM in reply to Lucas

hi Lucas

Thanks for the suggestion and links. After going through swiss alps blogs, I have updated my itinerary as follows:

Clarification: Day-3: I am going to interlaken first as its on golden pass route, will deposit my luggage and will than head on to Bern.

I have update my itinerary as follows:

2 days - Lucern Base

1 Day - Titlis + trubsee lake (depending on weather)

1 Day - Lucern and city tour. If the weather is bad on both the days, Is it ok to go to mount Rigi ?

5 days bernese oberland region

1 day- Jungfrau (depending on weather)

1 day - Lauterbrunen+murren+gimmelwald+trummelbach falls

1 day - Trip to first+bachalpsee ( do i need to go here considering good weather condition)

1 day: Golden pass + montreaux (choclate factory)

Question-1: Can you suggest a lighter activity for the day-1, if I am tired after my flight.

Question-2: Can you suggest some half day trips?

Question-3: I have decide to take half fare pass, can you suggest any day pass for my golden pass route.

Question-4: How can I compare various lakes, which lake ride has best views of mountains and is more amazing.

Thanks in advance as there are so many questions here.

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Jun 26, 2018 - 7:16 PM in reply to Rohit AG

Hi I am just finishing day 7 of my Swiss pass. It’s great.Day 1. Arrived in Zurich from Liechtenstein. 2. Took short ferry cruise on lake not especially exciting but relaxing if your tired and need a relax. Nice scenery.Did some Zurich sightseeing.

Caught train to Lucerne. Day 3, Mt Pilitus is a must in my opinion, ferry ride free, Cog train at 48 Degrees and gondola ride back to Kriems is half price then free bus to Lucern. Such a beautiful city with so much to see I would have liked another day.Day 4 Golden Pass Train to Interlaaken. Day 5 Jungfraujoch go early to avoid crowds. pm optional ferry cruise on either of the lakes a few hours.I chose the World Cup at a local pub. Day 6 Continue Golden Pass Train through Zweisimmen to Montreux Couple of hours fabulous scenery, Day 7 Montreux, Verney, Lausanne easy to jump from trains to metro and bus. Lake Geneva Riviera is fab. Get your hotel passes in Lucern and Montreux free for when your Swiss pass doesn’t give you free entry you’ll get 1/2 price.Day 8 tomorrow I head for Geneva. Enjoy your trip Switzerland is stunning.

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expert &
Jun 27, 2018 - 6:10 AM in reply to Rohit AG

Hi Rohit,

As for what to do in bad weather - The mountains could be clear and the cities rainy so go to the mountain with the nicest weather (check in the morning). If everything is rainy I'd stay in a town, or save Bern for a rainy day.

Q1: I agree with Wendymcle: Lake Luzern boat cruise: https://www.myswissalp s.com/boatlakelucerne

Q2: A lot of options here.

Q3:If you get a Saver Day Pass on this day (at the cheapest rate of 52chf) you could save about 20chf: https://www.myswissalp s.com/onedaytravelpass /details

Q4: Hard to compare the lakes online for sure. Lake Luzern and Lake Thun tend to be the most popular on this forum.

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Rohit AG
Rohit AG
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Jun 28, 2018 - 3:56 PM

Thnaks Wendymcle for your itinear. It surely helps.

Thanks Lucas, i'll the check the links.

Rohit AG
Rohit AG
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Jul 9, 2018 - 10:12 AM

Hi Lucas,

1. As per your site (www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass/validity) Swiss travel Pass is valid for Shilthron while at other places i found it gives 50% discount on the cable car upto the top, can you please confirm the same.

2. Also can you confirm if the Swiss Travel pass holder gets 25% discount for Fierst.

3. Can you suggest, if I am going to Titlis, which mountain should I choose if I need to decide one mountain out of shilthron and Jungfrou.

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Jul 9, 2018 - 11:20 AM in reply to Rohit AG

>> 1. As per your site ... Swiss travel Pass is valid for Shilthron while at other places i found it gives 50% discount on the cable car upto the top, can you please confirm the same.

In 2018 the cable car to the Schilthorn (note spelling) is free with the Swiss Travel Pass. Up until 2017 the discount was 50%, and it will be 50% again in 2019.

>> 2. Also can you confirm if the Swiss Travel pass holder gets 25% discount for Fierst.

The Swiss Travel Pass provides 50% discount on the gondola from Grindelwald to First (note spelling).

At the link you mentioned above, you can download a map showing where the Swiss Travel Pass is valid, and what is free or discounted.

As explained in the legend on the map:

  • Red lines are trains, yellow lines are buses, black lines are cable cars, white lines are boats.
  • Solid lines are free.
  • Dotted lines are discounted: discounts are mostly 50%, but only 25% for transport where you see the number "1" inside a circle near the dotted line.
  • There are a few grey lines on the map as well, which indicate transport that is not covered by the Swiss Travel Pass.
  • Dashed red lines on the map are railway tunnels, all of which are on routes that are free with the Swiss Travel Pass.

>> 3. Can you suggest, if I am going to Titlis, which mountain should I choose if I need to decide one mountain out of shilthron and Jungfrou.

Please note spelling: Jungfrau.

Both are memorable and very different experiences. Choosing between the two is entirely a matter of personal preference, within the constraints of time and budget. Read the information, look at the photos, and decide what's right for you.

Apart from views (none of which will disappoint), things you might wish to take into account include travel time, mode of transport (cable car, cogwheel train), cost with the Swiss Travel Pass, terrain on top (including presence of snow), activities at the top (snow play, scope to walk around outside, indoor exhibitions) etc.

www.myswissalps.com/ju ngfraujoch


www.myswissalps.com/sc hilthorn

schilthorn.ch/en/welco me


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