Feb 13, 2014 - 3:14 PM
That is a great trip you are planning to do! Flying into Zurich or Geneva doesn't make a difference timewise. The train ride from Zurich to Murren is 30 minutes shorter, but I estimate the flight to be 30 minutes longer. Zurich airport is larger than Geneva airport. If you fly into Geneva you could choose to travel via the southern part of the Golden Pass route as suggested by Scwolbarst, from Zurich you can take the northern part. Both are scenic, see here for details.
For a full explanation of which pass is best you can go here. If you don't take a Swiss Pass, then also consider the Swiss Card. It's like the Swiss Half Fare Card, but with your in- and outbound trips included for free. Most probably, that is the cheaper option, but it depends on your itinerary.
Either of the passes will be valid to the border; either free traveling (Swiss Pass) or discounted. The border is indeed Domodossola in your case. See the links to the passes I just provided for all details about how they work and where they're valid. From Domodossola onwards, the Swiss rail passes are not valid so you need a point to point ticket or a pass for Italy. You don't need to get off the train in Domodossola. It's not even important whether the train stops there or not. Just make sure you have tickets or passes for the entire journey.
Since you've planned a lot of traveling, a Eurail Global Pass could fit your plans too. You'd have to do the math as explained on the page I gave you above (the example is for Switzerland but the basic principles apply to multi country travel as well). Note that until March 28 you will get free travel days with the Global Pass as explained here and here.
Scwolbarst mentioned some really nice day trips, so be sure to look into that too. Details are all on this website.
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 1:05 PM by Arno