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Apr 22, 2013 - 2:54 PM
Is there a difference in the Eurail Austria Switzerland Pass and the Swiss Pass?? ie: do I get discounts on boats, trams, etc. on the Eurail pass as well. I am confused, because AAA gave me a price for 1st Class on Eurail was cheaper than 2nd class on a Swiss Pass. We are Seniors, would that be the difference?? Obviously, would like to do the least expensive and do 1st class, but also want to take advantage of the discounts on boats, trams, etc.

Can anyone help me.

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Apr 22, 2013 - 3:21 PM

Hi Marie,

Yes, there's quite a difference, but it depends on your exact plans whether or not that's significant. Please see the Swiss Pass page and Eurail Austria-Switzerland page for details, downloadable maps of what's covered, resellers and prices.

The differences in short: Eurail does not include the Glacier Express route, museums and city transport like trams. It does include discounts on a few mountain trains/lifts. The Swiss Pass includes the Glacier Express route, free entrance to many museums, city transport in most towns and discounts on most mountain transportation.

A price sample in US dollars (I assume you're from the US) for 2 people traveling together:

  • Eurail 1st class 8 days in 2 months: $1008, see here;
  • Swiss Pass 2nd class 8 days consecutive: $732, see here;
  • Swiss Pass 1nd class 8 days consecutive: $1170, see here.
I couldn't find any rail pass information on the AAA website, so I'm not sure how that compares to this.

Does this help you out?

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Apr 22, 2013 - 4:05 PM
Thank You so much for your quick reply. This information is very helpful. Looking forward to our trip very much.


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