Best rail pass: Switzerland, Paris, Amsterdam

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Jun 30, 2018 - 5:02 PM


We are a family of 4 (including 2 kids, under 8 years) who have booked air tickets and hotels for stay in Paris, Switzerland (Bern, Interlaken and Zurich as stay) and Amsterdam. Our current arrangement is as below:

Arrive to Paris (stay for 4 days) - No domestic travel in Paris arranged

Paris to Bern - No travel arranged (intend to use TGV to Basel and then a connecting train to Bern)

Switzerland (9 days) - No Eurail / Swiss Pass bought. Intend to travel from Bern to surrounding places, then change our base to Interlaken for a couple of days and then finally at Zurich

Zurich to Amsterdam - Flight booked

Amsterdam - No domestic travel in Amsterdam arranged

I am not entirely sure what would work best for me i.e. Eurail Pass + Swiss Half Fare Pass etc. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks, Amar

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Jul 1, 2018 - 7:53 AM in reply to amartahilani

Hi Amar and welcome to MySwissAlps!

If your only travel in France is the trip to Switzerland (and you aren't traveling around The Netherlands) then I would only look at a rail pass for Switzerland.

A Swiss Travel Pass is probably what you want: https://www.myswissalp

However, to the know the rail pass for your itinerary, you'll need to plan out each day's trips first, and then you can compare costs of tickets vs. a rail pass or two. Have a look here for more details: https://www.myswissalp ses/practical/choosera ilpass

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