Usage of Eurail Global Pass in Switzerland

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sanron
sanron
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Dec 13, 2017 - 11:11 PM

can we use Global Eurail Pass to get travel discounts and entry discounts in Switzerland, if so are they the same as the Swiss pass? If not what can we get.

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Dec 14, 2017 - 12:46 AM in reply to sanron

Hi sanron, and welcome to MySwissAlps!

The Swiss Travel Pass gives you much better coverage in Switzerland than a Eurail Pass does.

You can download maps showing what is covered by each pass.

As explained in the legend on the maps, red lines are trains, yellow lines are buses, black lines are cable cars, white lines are boats. Solid lines are free, dotted lines are discounted. Discounts are mostly 50%, but only 25% for transport where you see the number "1" inside circle near the dotted line. There are a few grey lines on the maps as well, which are different for each pass. These indicate transport that is not covered by the pass. Dashed red lines on the map are railway tunnels, and are on routes that are free either Pass.

I am assuming you are travelling in 2018, so the following maps apply to travel in 2018 (which is different in some cases from what applies in 2017).

Swiss Travel Pass coverage 2018

www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass/validity

Eurail Pass coverage in Switzerland 2018

www.myswissalps.com/eu railglobalpass/validit y

There is also a handy pdf overview of the various passes here:

www.myswissalps.com/do cs/default-source/raildoc/myswiss alps-rail-pass-overview.pdf?sfvrsn=20

Only Swiss Travel Passes (continuous or flex) provide free entry to museums.

Alpenrose

Last modified on Dec 29, 2017 - 5:47 PM by Arno
sanron
sanron
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Dec 14, 2017 - 3:36 AM in reply to sanron

THANKS FOR THAT INFO

Chantal
Chantal
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Dec 14, 2017 - 9:13 AM in reply to sanron

Hi Sanron,

Alpenrose is right. The Swiss Travel Pass is a better option. In addition to the information she already provided you may want to have a look at these pages on our website as well:

Validity of Swiss Travel Pass

How to use the Swiss Travel Pass

Ordering the Swiss Travel Pass online

sanron
sanron
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Dec 14, 2017 - 7:20 PM in reply to sanron

thank you for the reply. We have about 3 stops in Swiss cities out of a 90 day DIY Eurail trip, can't justify buying a Swiss pass so will look at what each city offers by way of discounts for tours, experiences etc while we are in each, stays range from 2 to 5 nights. eg. Brig, Basel, Locarno.

Arno
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Dec 14, 2017 - 7:38 PM

Hi Sanron,

If you already have a Eurail Pass then indeed it won't be worth it to buy an additional Swiss Travel Pass. It's one or the other. However, if the day trips you prefer are not covered by your Eurail Pass, then consider an additional Swiss Half Fare Card to get a 50% discount. That card is much cheaper and pays off quickly: www.myswissalps.com/sw isshalffarecard.

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