Best rail pass for 5 day Swiss itinerary in May

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Apr 25, 2018 - 6:42 AM

Hello wise people!

We (2 adults + 2 kids) are very excited about our upcoming trip! The itinerary is still pending in terms of where to start and end. We arrive from Paris on 28th May morning and leave for Marnello in Modena on 2nd June. In the 5 days we are planning to complete the following so we are looking for what is the best way to travel (most budget friendly) and which pass we should be buying:

- Interlaken day 1 - Jungfrau, Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen

Interlaken - Day 2 some simple hiking and cliff walk

Lucern - Day 3 Mt. Titles (Rotair), Lion statue, wooden bridge

Geneva/ Mountrex - Day 4 - Lake and Olympic Museum?

Day 5 - ?

Day 6 - Train to Marnello in Modena (Ferrari Museum) where we continue travelling Italy for 7 days

We would prefer to it all by train rather than drive and would prefer normal train rather than 'paranomic trains' where we can open the windows. Please recommend the best travel pass to buy in between the 3 countries and which routes we need to make reservations. We are flexible landing in Geneva first or Bern or Zurich or departing from there.

Appreciate all the help!

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Apr 25, 2018 - 9:36 AM in reply to RoRo

Hi RoRo and welcome to MySwissAlps!

Train travel is definately the way to go in Switzerland. If you are just taking regional trains everyone and not panoramic ones then reservations are not needed (nor often possible).

If you are looking for a pass to cover most of your travel between 2 or more countries than have a look at the Eurail Select Pass and be sure to click on the where it's valid tab.

For better coverage in Switzerland look at the Swiss Travel Pass (but you'll need to get another pass for Italy or just buy regular ticket there.

The only way to know for sure what pass is best for your trip is to plan out all your travel each day, find prices and do the math - check out our page here for help: https://www.myswissalp ses/practical/choosera ilpass

You can use the Swiss railways timetable to find train schedule and prices. The first price you see is for Swiss Half Fare Card holders so double that price to find the regular fare.

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Apr 25, 2018 - 7:38 PM

Hello, Roro. I agree with Lucas that the Swiss Travel Pass is the best one to use in Switzerland and base on age, kids travel for free. I have used Multi-country Eurail passes twice on longer trips (lesser or no discount on certain Swiss mountain transportation) especially mountain rides beyond Interlaken Ost.

STP has better coverage and discount values. I think it is cheaper to use point-to-point tickets from France to Switzerland and from Swiss border to Italy (provided your schedule is final). Local tourist train and Metro passes in both France and Italy are cheaper than Eurail. If you order the point-to-point tickets from respective companies in France and Italy way in advance you can get a better deal. Swiss Travel Passes price never change regardless of when you buy them.

If you are taking TGV trains from France, take a look if the train workers strike is over or still in negotiation as it may affect your May 28 travel. French Railways (SNCF) is the only line affected though. While in Switzerland, some higher mountain transportations are not free but discounted.

If you are buying the Swiss travel pass, you might want to include a trip to Mt Schilthorn from Murren as the pass includes free travel for this year, 2018. While in Lucerne, you can also avail of the free travel to Mt Rigi (Vitznau to Rigi Scheidegg cableway) and Mt Stanserhorn (funicular and cable way). Titlis and Jungfraujoch are both discounted with STP.

If you are going south to Italy, you may want to start your Swiss travel from Zurich or Basel. Your Swiss travel plan (based on the places you mentioned) can go in the southward direction for efficient use of travel time - Zurich (north), Lucerne (north/central), Interlaken(central) and Montreux(south) and then to Italy. You can use one central base or change accommodation as you go to the direction of Italy (south). I hope this helps as well. Have a safe travel. Take care.

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