My family (two adults, two children ages 9 and 5) are going to Switzerland from the UK in late May for 9 days / 8 nights.
We are flying in to Geneva and plan to take the train straight away to Montreux where we will stay one night. On day 2 we want to travel part of The Golden Pass route, as far as Interlaken, from where we will take a train to Grindelwald which will be our base for the next 7 nights. On day 9 we will be travelling by train from Grindelwald to Basel airport for our flight home.
My husband is very keen on exploring by rail, but we also need to think of the needs of our children who won't enjoy lots of long days of train travel. Ideally we would cover lots of longer journeys and see more routes, but we have decided to focus on a smaller area instead with more emphasis on walks, shorter journeys on trains, boats and cable cars. We still want to get out and about as much as we can and we like to be flexible. My husband might want to head off on his own one day and do a longer journey covering more of the country.
We plan to use Grindelwald as a base for several excursions within the local region, eg Schynige Platte railway, boat trip to Thun and return by train, cable car up Männlichen and then on to Kleine Scheidegg and back to Grindelwald by train and possibly some other mountain trips by cable car too.
We would also like to compete the Golden Pass route on one of the days with a day trip from Interlaken to Lucerne which will be quite a long day with a lot of travelling for the children so we'll do this about half-way through.
I think that the best way for us to do this would be with the following tickets:
3 days Swiss Travel Pass Flex - to be used for our trips from Geneva airport to Montreux, Montreux to Grindelwald, and Grindelwald to Basel airport at the end of the trip. (I think this might also cover some local trips and museum entries in Montreux?)
6 days Berenese Oberland Travel Pass (This needs to be consecutive days so can be used for our trip to Lucerne and for all the other local trips from Grindelwald).
Would appreciate any advice on:
- whether I have selected the best combination of tickets for our needs
- what tickets I need to buy for the children (I think we need a free family card for the Travel Pass Flex, and a child ticket for 30 CHF on the BO travel pass?).
- whether we should reserve seats for the GoldPass journeys we plan to make
- the best place to buy and tickets!