Best rail passes for family Christmas Lucerne trip

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Dec 7, 2017 - 12:56 PM

Please help?

My family (2 Adults, 3 kids) are heading to Lucerne for Christmas. (21-26th Dec).

What are the best travel passes for us to get to Lucerne (from Zurich Airport) and then explore city/surrounding areas & places of interest ?

So thats 4 full days (22nd - 25th) between transfer days (21st & 26th) linking the airport.

There seems to be so many options. Not sure if its worth utilising a Full travel pass + transfer pass etc or just paying as we go.


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Dec 7, 2017 - 4:05 PM in reply to danandmj

Hi MJ and welcome to MySwissAlps!

If you are staying right around the Lucerne area then the Tell Pass - Winter may be your best bet.

Open the PDF map here, to see what is covered and if it fits in with your travel plans. If won't cover the whole trip between Zurich airport and Lucerne though (you will have to pay for a regular ticket between the airport and Zug).

If you need a pass to cover a larger area, it would be the Swiss Travel Pass or the Swiss Half Fare Card. You still have to buy tickets as you go with the Swiss Half Fare Card but it gets you 50% off all those trips.

If you get either of these last 2 rail passes you can get the free Swiss Family Card to cover all your kids trips (if they are under 16).

Last modified on Dec 7, 2017 - 4:06 PM by Lucas
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new member
Dec 10, 2017 - 6:07 PM in reply to Lucas

Thanks Lucas. Really appreciate your help.

It looks like the Tell-Pass-winter is the one for us.

A couple of extra questions. Do we need to book ahead for travelling on the Golden Pass? Do we need to travel with passports?



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Dec 10, 2017 - 7:07 PM in reply to danandmj

Hello MJ,

You do not need seat reservations, although reservations are recommended for some trains on the Montreux to Zweisimmen leg.

You need to have a valid ID on in Switzerland at all times. Visitors from countries that do not provide an ID card must carry their passport - or at the very least a copy of their passport. If you are using a rail pass, you may be asked for your passport. Please have a look at this thread: rum/topic/whether-to-carry-passports-all-the-time.

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