Swiss Travel Pass or normal tickets for 3 day trip

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Yccaste
Yccaste
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Nov 29, 2017 - 6:07 AM

Hi

Unfortunately only have a few days in Switzerland :( Would like to travel by train for scenery and also to make the most of Pass), this is what I have so far, any suggestions (other towns ect) would be great and if it would be better to get Pass than buying individual tickets (I am having trouble pricing individual tickets), thanks so much (we are not travelling till June 2018).

Day 1. Milan to Lucerne (3 nights) - Milan to Tirano • Tirano to Chur (Bernina Express) • Chur to Lucerne

Day 2. Lucerne to Montreux and back (spend a couple of hours there) on Golden pass line

Day 3. Lucerne to Bern (via Langnau) then on to Interlaken • Ferry to Brienz • Golden Pass line back to Lucerne - afternoon and evening in Lucerne.

Lucas
Lucas
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Nov 29, 2017 - 7:14 AM in reply to Yccaste

Hi Yccaste and welcome to MySwissAlps!

I would think that the 3 day Swiss Travel Pass would be a good option for your itinerary. To find out if the cost of the rail pass is more economical read through our web page on how to choose the best rail pass - there is an excel sheet to help with the math and compare.

Even if the pass works out to be slightly more expensive it is a lot more convenient. You'll only need to buy a ticket from Milan to Tirano and then a reservation (mandatory) on the Bernina Express. Otherwise you just hop on any train, and boat your like!

Yccaste
Yccaste
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Nov 29, 2017 - 9:02 PM in reply to Lucas

Thanks so much, may have more questions before we go, if you don't mind! Do you think this is the best we can do in the short time, or are their any other places you would suggest, we really only want pretty (old) towns and great scenery, would love to have been going in the snow. Saw on a post that Lucerne will be busy (and noisy) in June, any recommendations for a reasonable hotel? Looked at Hotel Magic which seems close to station, but reviews of it said the Bell (in Tower) sounds every hour! Thanks again

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Nov 29, 2017 - 9:42 PM in reply to Yccaste

Hi Yccaste?

Where are you heading on Day 4?

Yccaste
Yccaste
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Nov 29, 2017 - 11:16 PM in reply to rockoyster

We are going to Munich.

I was going to ask (if not pushing my luck!) if we can use the Euro rail pass on the same lines - Golden pass and Bernina? We could then get a 5 day flexi over two months, on the other two days I could use it on Lucerne to Munich & Amsterdam to Hamburg, which are the other two journeys I need to book. Thanks so much for help, the more I look on websites the more confused I get!!!

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Nov 29, 2017 - 11:40 PM in reply to Yccaste

Yes the 5-day Flexi Eurail will work quite nicely for you given you are doing mainly train journeys in Switzerland so the advantages of the Eurail Pass are pretty much the same as the Swiss Rail Pass.

The Swiss Rail pass only starts to beat the Eurail Pass once you head up into the mountains on some cable cars, cog railways etc.

Have a look at the Where It's Valid tab on this page www.myswissalps.com/eu railselectpass Go to the 3rd page of the downloadable PDF map to see more clearly where you can go for free in Switzerland with the Eurail Pass.

I wonder if Lucerne is a good base for you or if a round trip to Montreux is the best use of your limited time? Golden Pass to Montreux is a bit over 5 hours one way plus an additional 3 hours even if you come back the fast way via Lausanne and Bern. Just something to think about. You may be happy seeing the varied countryside from trains.

Yccaste
Yccaste
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Nov 30, 2017 - 12:01 AM

Thanks so much, will check it out, wanted to go on Bernina Express which is why we chose Lucerne.

I looked up Golden Pass from Lucerne to Montreux (do I book train in direction of Lausanne or Geneve Aeroport - this seems to be the two options both directions?) Also where are the best (and least) places to change trains on this trip (I thought it was just the one train, but reading posts looks like it requires at least two changes), looks like about a 3 hour trip one way?

With about 4 hours in Montreux, possible to catch a bus to Chillon Castle, walk along Promenade and take a ferry to Vevey? Thanks again :)

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Nov 30, 2017 - 1:40 AM in reply to Yccaste

As I mentioned above "Golden Pass to Montreux is a bit over 5 hours one way plus an additional 3 hours even if you come back the fast way via Lausanne and Bern". So if you don't mind a 12 hour trip you will be able to fit in 4 hours at Montreux which should give you time to visit Chillon but not much more (someone with more knowledge of that area may be able to offer better advice there.).

The Golden Pass Line is a route rather than a single train. See www.myswissalps.com/go ldenpass

To check the Golden Pass Line using the SBB TImetable (www.myswissalps.com/ti metable) you need to search for Lucerne to Montreaux via Interlaken Ost and Zweisimmen. At that time of year reservations are strongly recommended on the Zweisimmen to Montreux leg of the trip where the trains are denoted MOB Panoramic (modern) or MOB Belle Epoque (heritage). For reservations see www.mob.ch/en/reservat ion-procedure

To get back to Lucerne just enter Montreux to Lucerne and the timetable will show you the fastest route.

Last modified on Nov 30, 2017 - 1:47 AM by rockoyster
Yccaste
Yccaste
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Nov 30, 2017 - 4:47 AM

Thank you so much - invaluable info - hopefully I can work it out now

Lucas
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Nov 30, 2017 - 6:41 AM in reply to Yccaste

The Eurail passes work well enough in Switzerland if you aren't making many/any mountain trips - that is where the major advantages of the Swiss Travel Pass is (and free museum entrances if that interests you).

With either pass you will have to buy a mandatory reservation for the Bernina Express so be sure to do that.

Just note that Lucerne isn't very close (in Swiss standards) to where the Bernina Express travels. That being said it is a very nice and popular Swiss city which offers a nice old town, a lake and nearby mountains to explore. You'll have to head up into the higher mountains for snow. Mt. Titlis would be your best best near Lucerne. As for hotels, we have a list of recommendations for Lucerne here.

You do have some very long days so be aware of all the travel you'll be doing and train sitting. :)
For pretty old towns Lucerne and Bern are good options on your short trip for sure. There is a lot to see and do here especially if you are interested in the great outdoors - but another longer trip in the future would be needed! I think this is a good 1st experience for a quick trip here.

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Dec 1, 2017 - 2:57 AM in reply to Yccaste

When you go from Lucerne to Munich you might consider taking the Voralpen Express to St Gallen (via Arth-Goldhau and Rapperswil). It is a lovely scenic route and St Gallen is a wonderful old town. There is a direct EC train from St Gallen to Munich. Total travel time just under 5 hours with a good connection at St Gallen or get to St Gallen early and have a few hours sight-seeing before continuing on to Munich. Just a suggestion.

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Dec 1, 2017 - 4:34 AM in reply to rockoyster

"Total travel time just under 5 hours with a good connection at St Gallen"

Oops - that should be just under 6 hours. I can't add up.

Yccaste
Yccaste
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Dec 1, 2017 - 8:41 AM

THANKS SO MUCH...Yeah, I would never have known to do that, St Gallen looks lovely, train stops in town centre..and they have lockers! On the itinerary :)

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Dec 1, 2017 - 8:42 AM in reply to Yccaste
Last modified on Dec 1, 2017 - 8:44 AM by rockoyster
Yccaste
Yccaste
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Dec 1, 2017 - 11:02 AM in reply to rockoyster

Thank you for the link, it looks amazing, love the look of the Abby library and old town, wish we were going in the snow...maybe next time!

Yccaste
Yccaste
13 posts
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Dec 12, 2017 - 8:27 AM in reply to rockoyster

Hi

Sorry- me again... I have decided to buy the Swiss Travel Pass, when I put in all details to purchase the e-ticket it said it will be sent 7 days prior to departure. I can't find a way to email SBB to check if this is correct. I want to book the trains asap (especially Bernina Express and Golden Pass) and guessing I need a number to quote if using Pass? Do you have any info on this?

Also which side of the train is the best on these two trains?

Also it seems you can't pre-book tickets for the Voralpen Express? Do you know if this is correct?

Thanks so much

rockoyster
rockoyster
3367 posts
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Dec 12, 2017 - 8:59 AM in reply to Yccaste

Hi Yccaste,

Swiss Travel Pass will normally arrive in your email within a day or two of ordering it.

You don't need to have the pass before making reservations on Bernina Express or Golden Pass trains. But you can only make such reservations around 90 days before you travel.

As for best side of trains see www.myswissalps.com/be rninaexpress/gettingth ere and www.myswissalps.com/go ldenpass/gettingthere

You don't need to make reservations on the Voralpen Express. Despite the grand name it is just a regular train.

Chantal
Chantal
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Dec 12, 2017 - 10:22 AM in reply to Yccaste

Hi Yccaste,

The 7 days is only applicable when ordering a physical ticket to arrive in the mail. For the print at home option: www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass/price you can ignore this message. A number is not needed when doing the reservation.

Yccaste
Yccaste
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Dec 14, 2017 - 12:47 AM

Thank you so much, great links, so helpful for an internet dummy like me, I have bought 4 day passes, cannot wait. Thanks again.

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