Advice - 4 day or 8 day Swiss Travel Pass

Advice - 4 day or 8 day Swiss Travel Pass

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Ashley7
Ashley7
5 posts
new member
Mar 12, 2018 - 3:14 PM

Hello,

I’m hoping to get some advice on an upcoming trip in May. There are 3 of us (18, 35 and 70). Since we’re flying non rev from America...we will either be flying into Zurich or Geneva, won’t know until minutes before that day. We have 2 nights reserved in a Geneva hotel to start our stay in Switzerland.

Tentative itinerary:

Day1 - Explore Geneva, Day2 - travel to Montreaux and then back to Geneva, Day3 - Travel to Montreaux again to go on Golden pass rail to Lucerne, spend days4,5&6 in and around Lucerne doing Pilatus gondola/funicular. Exploring the city, museums etc, possibly Bern. Day 7 take rail Zurich airport.

Any help, opinions welcome! It’s a difference of roughly $365 USD between 4 day and 8 day passes

Thanks in advance.

Chantal
Chantal
944 posts
top member
Mar 12, 2018 - 6:13 PM in reply to Ashley7

Hi Ashley, and welcome to MySwissAlps,

Why would you go back to Geneva from Montreux? Montreux is much nicer.

In order to pick the best rail pass for your trip read our page on how to choose the best rail pass. You'll need to decide where you will be traveling to during your trip and do the math to compare point to point tickets vs. different rail passes.

There is also a Tell-Summer Pass which might be a good option for your stay around Lucerne.

Ashley7
Ashley7
5 posts
new member
Mar 12, 2018 - 6:34 PM

Hi Chantal,

My mom booked 2 nights in Geneva without us having any real plans and they’re non refundable, so we have to work with what we got 😉

I’m guessing if we do end up flying into Zurich...it’s a long ride to Geneva.

I will attempt to compare again.

Question - Do we have to worry about golden passes as far as reservations go? I’ve heard they only run twice daily out of Montreaux. Is this correct?

Thank you!

Chantal
Chantal
944 posts
top member
Mar 12, 2018 - 7:07 PM in reply to Ashley7

Hi Ashley,

Fingers crossed you're not flying into Zurich.

You don't have to worry about reservations for the Golden Pass. The "golden pass" panoramic trains are noted on the timetable as MOB Panoramic or Belle Epoque. Other standard trains run on this line as well so on the timetable you want to pick a train marked with the names above to ensure you are on a panoramic train.

Between 8 January and 29 June 2018, the Belle-Époque carriages are being renovated. Trains with conventional carriages will operate on this sector at the scheduled times for the Belle-Époque train.

When you use the timetable, make sure to put Zweisimmen in the via box. When you get to the next screen, click on the 'plus' sign on the right hand side of a preferable departure time. The timetable will expand and shows you the details so you can see whether it's a MOB Panoramic, or not.

Between Lausanne and Montreux are a few quaint little villages. The area is known as the Lavaux Vineyards. On a nice summer evening I would stop for dinner in the harbor of Lutry. Please note that the walk back to the train station is uphill.

Ashley7
Ashley7
5 posts
new member
Mar 12, 2018 - 7:16 PM in reply to Chantal

Awesome info! Thanks!

Arno
Arno
10358 posts
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moderator
Mar 13, 2018 - 6:38 AM

Hi Ashley,

I just wanted to point out that the price different between 4- and 8-day Swiss Travel Passes is only $140 (2nd class). Even for 1st class the difference is only $221. For the 18 year old it's even less as Youth passes are cheaper. In most cases that extra spending is well worth it for an additional 4 days, or 3 days in your case. But to be sure you'll need to calculate as Chantal explained. Perhaps your quoted price was for all people combined, but then the same thing applies. It's easy to spend that much money and more on regular tickets.

You can verify prices here: www.raileurope.com/pas s/swiss-pass-5934. Or check www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass/price for an overview of other retailers to buy from.

Enjoy your trip!

Last modified on Mar 13, 2018 - 6:40 AM by Arno
Ashley7
Ashley7
5 posts
new member
Mar 13, 2018 - 10:47 AM in reply to Arno

Hi Arno,

Great info, thank you! Most likely going to get the 8 day and be worry free about traveling days. Just have to find a great deal.

You & Chantal’s help is much appreciated!

Arno
Arno
10358 posts
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Mar 13, 2018 - 11:17 AM in reply to Ashley7

Hi Ashley,

This might be the great deal you're looking for: www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/100-off-swiss-travel-pass-other-passestickets.

All Swiss Travel Pass deals are listed here at any time: www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass/promotio ns

Ashley7
Ashley7
5 posts
new member
Mar 13, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Perfect!! Thanks!!

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