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Aug 2, 2011 - 11:57 AM

This is our first trip to Switzerland and we are adult couple from Sweden. Our itinerary is as follows:
Day 1 (12 Aug) Arrive at GENEVA at 10.30 am.
Travel to Geneva to Interlaken West at 12.30 pm using paronomic train via Montreax
Day 2 (13 Aug) From Interlaken west travel to Mt Jungfraujoch
Day 3 (14 Aug) Morning, travel to Lucerne(Luzern) by cruise/boat
Afternoon, Travel to Mt.Tiltlis
Day 4 (15 Aug) Morning, travel to Mt.Pilatus
Afternoon, Travel to Zurich and travel to Lucerne(Luzern) in the night.
Day 5 (16 Aug) Morning, Take train from Lucerne(Luzern) to Geneva.
And Roam in Geneva
Day 6 (17 Aug) Depart from Geneva to Paris airport on morning.

Can you please advice which is the best travel pass option for this trip?
a) Swiss Pass card for 4 days
b) Swiss Pass Half Fare Card
c) Any other card
Some other questions too.
d) Can you suggest some good websites for booking cruise from Interlaken to Lucerne(Luzern).
e) Whether all the cards mentioned above can be brought in Geneva train station.
We appreciate any help...
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expert &
Aug 2, 2011 - 3:20 PM

Hello girishanmukh, and welcome! I think a Swiss Card or a 3 or 4 day Swiss Saver Flexi Pass (using free travel days for day 1, day 3, maybe day 4, and day 5) would be the cheapest solution. You'd have to make some calculations to find out for sure which pass is best. Purchase options can be found on both pages I linked to, in the upper right corner under the header 'Where to buy your...'. Just fill out you country and some other details to have all relevant options displayed.

There's no ongoing cruise from Interlaken to Lucerne. Part of the trip can be made by boat over lake Brienz. In Brienz, you should switch to a train that will get you to Lucerne. Once you're in Lucerne, you can make further boat rides over lake Lucerne. The timetable and the website of lake Brienz's boat company will help you out here. By the way, this trip doesn't have to be booked in advance.

You do have to arrange for seat reservations for the Golden Pass train ride between Montreux and Interlaken.

Just a thought on your itinerary: if you don't necessarily have to get back to Geneva on day 5 or 6, it would be easier to head for Paris straight from Lucerne. You can get to Zurich, which is rather close to Lucerne, and get on the ongoing train to Paris from there. That would allow you to spend an extra day in Lucerne and reduce traveling times.

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new member
Aug 2, 2011 - 4:37 PM
Thanks a lot for the quick response..
As I am going thru the Swiss passes(both passes which you have mentioned) features
on all days, a discount of 50% on most gondolas, funiculars and mountain trains across Switzerland.
Wengen/Grindelwald - Kleine Scheidegg - Jungfraujoch: 25% discount;

I wanted to know our travel from Lucerne to Mt.Tiltlis is 50% off
Can you please confirm me on this one.
Thanks and Regards
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expert &
Aug 2, 2011 - 5:06 PM
Sure it's discounted! Just click the link to the map to see all discounts.


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