Aug 14, 2011 - 11:02 AM
I'm so glad that I found this forum; I've been going insane with looking at different combinations of rail passes that'll best fit my itinerary in November- December and hopefully there's someone here who'll be able to point me in the right direction!
It looks like this:
We're coming in (there's just 2 of us - over the age of 26) from Frankfurt and taking a slow trek towards Switzerland through the Alsace region. My total time in Switzerland is really, only 5 days but my itinerary is unfortunately trickier than that.
Day 1: Frankfurt - Strasbourg
Day 2: Strasbourg
Day 3 - 5: Alsace region
Day 4: Freiburg, Germany
Day 5: Freiburg - Lucerne (possibly with a day stop in Basel) - overnight in Lucerne.
Day 6 - 7: Murren in Berner Oberland (2 nights) via the Golden Pass Line to Interlaken. I'll be hoping to visit either Schilthorn or Jungfraujoch within these 2 short days, based in Murren.
Day 8-9: 2 nights in either Montreux/Lausanne or Geneva, possibly Vevey. Again, continuing with the Golden Pass Line from Interlaken. During this time I'm also thinking of doing several trips to the wine region, Montreux, Vevey or Lausanne, depending on where I stay.
Day 10: Leave from Geneva
I did some preliminary calculations and it seems like the Eurail France-Switzerland pass is actually the most expensive option. That however, leaves me with several Swiss Pass options. Either take the Half-fare card, or the Swiss Pass, or the Swiss card.
If I've calculated correctly, it seems like the Swiss half-fare card is the best way to go. It's incredibly confusing still though. Should I purchase anything from my country, rather than wait till getting to Switzerland?
Hoping for some help here! Thanks so much in advance!