Aug 21, 2015 - 7:23 AM
Welcome to MySwissAlps, Catcam!
I can't answer all of your questions, but here's what I can tell: the connection via Spiez and Domodossola is definitely the easiest one to get to Stresa. Parts of the journey are scenic, but there's also a less interesting tunnel connection between Spiez and Visp. Alternatively, you could do the same route, but avoid the tunnel and take the regional Lötschberg train via Goppenstein. That certainly is scenic. It will add some traveling time to your route, but you may find it's worth it. Details are in the timetable at www.myswissalps.com/ti metable, and you can add a "via" station to find alternatives (the timetable shows the quickest connections by default). The Wilhelm Tell Express is a beautiful journey, but indeed involves a whole lot more traveling in your case. Details are here: www.myswissalps.com/wi lhelmtellexpress. You should decide whether you want to spend the extra hours.
Yes, a rail pass certainly makes sense. Will you be doing all traveling by train? In that case I assume you should also add an inbound trip from an airport or border to Wengen to your list of plans in Switzerland. If that's the case, you can best look into a Swiss Transfer Ticket Combi. It allows a free trip from the border/airport to Wengen, and from Wengen to the Swiss/Italian border. Your excursions in between, like Jungfraujoch and Schilthorn, are discounted by 50%. Here's more information and a retailer overview: www.myswissalps.com/sw isstransferticket/pric e. Since you're from Australia, the cheapest purchase option for you is www.raileurope-world.com. Make sure to select the "Combi" variant from the drop-down list first.
Do note that this pass narrows down your options, as it requires you to pick the quickest or cheapest connection to the border. The Wilhelm Tell Express wouldn't be an option in this case. If you don't want such limitations, you can consider the Swiss Half Fare Card (www.myswissalps.com/sw isshalffarecard) or Swiss Travel Pass Flex Combi (www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpassflex/pric e) instead.
The ride from Stresa to Milan takes 1h30 to 2h30, depending on the connection you pick. I don't know how late you need to a check in at the airport, but if you leave early I guess you should be fine.
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