Rail pass options for Germany & Switzerland

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Jun 6, 2018 - 11:20 AM

My husband and I are planning a 9 days 8 nights trip to Switzerland and Germany. We will arrive at Zurich airport early morning and plan to take the train directly to Munich first. We plan to go to the Neuschwanstein castle +/- Linderhof palace for a day. Go to the Dachau concentration camp for another and maybe attend a football match if possible. We will stay in Munich for 3 days. Afterwards we will take the train back to Lucerne and stay in Lucerne for 2-3 days just to look around the city and go to Bern. After that we will go to interlaken and stay there for 3-4 days. We plan to go up Jungfraujoch, lauterbrunnen and Grindelwand. On the last day we will go back to Zurich for our flight.

I looked up the eurail 8 days 2 countries pass and Swiss travel pass for 4 consecutive days to compare the prices. It seems that if I buy Eurail, I will not have to buy a round trip to Munich and it I’ll cover most of my days in Europe but the downside is there is only 25% off the transportation to Jungfraujoch, Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald. Whereas if I buy the Swiss travel pass it will cover the above except for Jungfraujoch but then it will cover less days of my trip and I will have to buy some single trip tickets and my ticket to Germany separately. The price between the 2 seems similar (Eurail 8 days vs. Swiss travel pass + round trip to Germany), maybe Eurail is around (CHF 50 more expensive if I’ve done my calculations correctly). I’m just wondering which would be a better option as I cannot seem to find if those trips that aren’t included in Eurail are expensive and the rough price of single trip from e.g. Interlaken to Zurich (as 4 days of Swiss travel pass will not cover all the days I will be there for). Advice is much appreciated.

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top member
Jun 6, 2018 - 3:55 PM in reply to Caro

Hi Caro,

Have you used our spreadsheet here for the calculations? It is quite helpful: https://www.myswissalp s.com/train/ticketspas ses/practical/choosera ilpass

To see what routes and mountain trips are covered by both passes look here:

To find prices, use the Swiss railways timetable: https://www.myswissalp s.com/timetable.
The first price you see is the 'half fare price' so double it for regular fares before subtracting any discounts a rail pass may offer.

For inter-German rail trips you can find prices here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/traintickets/ger many

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active member
Jun 6, 2018 - 10:20 PM

For your Germany component, have a look at the various "Lander" tickets than are great value. You travel on regional and local trains rather than high speed expresses. Those trains are really good and quite fast too.


The Swiss resources are on this site so the material is there. Consider regional passes if you are in an area for a reasonable period.

It does take a bit of work to plan the best option but it's worth the effort - and is most enjoyable too.

Again; PPPPP: prior planning prevents poor performance.

Enjoy your travels!

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new member
Jun 8, 2018 - 3:32 AM

Thanks for all the info and links! Let me do some calculations over the weekend :)

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