Eurail pass best for my Switzerland/Italy holiday?

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Jul 31, 2017 - 8:09 AM

Hi Everyone

This is our first trip to Europe and we will be covering Switzerland and Italy

  • Day 1 - Reaching Geneva
  • Day 3 - to Interlaken
  • Day 6 - to Lucerne
  • Day 8 - to Zurich
  • Day 9 - to Lugano
  • Day 14 - to Milan
  • Day 16 - to Venice
  • Day 18 - to Florence
  • Day 21 - to Rome
  • Day 24 - Departing

We are considering Eurailpass that has 8 travel days to use from day 3 to day 21. we would like to stop at some of the towns enroute if we have time. we also want the travel time flexible so we dont have to hurry to catch a particular train. Is Eurail pass worth it?

Also we are booking tickets for Jungfraujoch and with Eurailpass we get 25% discount. Does that mean we will need to use the Eurail pass for part of the journey to Jungfrau? The day we are going to Jungfrau is not one of our travel days.

Thank you in advance.

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Jul 31, 2017 - 9:31 AM in reply to loksat

Hi loksat and welcome to MySwissAlps!

To know for sure the best rail pass for you you need to do the math on our web page: How to choose the best rail pass. There is an Excel sheet there to help you with the calculations. You will need to plan out all or at least most your trips by bus/train/gondola/boat around Switzerland.

You will want to compare the Eurail Select Pass (8 or 10 days) to the Swiss Travel Pass (either 8 or 15 days). Both pages have links on where the pass is valid (use the PDF maps) to compare.

As you are in Switzerland, traveling around for 14 days, you may want to get the Swiss Travel Pass instead; as the coverage in Switzerland is better, especially for city transit (which the Eurail doesn't cover).

If you want the 25% Jungfraujoch discount you will need to use the Eurail Pass (or Swiss Travel Pass) that day to get the discount). In either case you should travel to Jungfraujoch on a day that is covered (partially) by either pass. Again the discount is a bit better with the Swiss Travel Pass and it is an expensive trip even with discounts!


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