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Art T
Art T
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Dec 29, 2019 - 3:55 PM

We are a group of four travelling in Switzerland for one week and then moving on to Austria for a week. Our route will take us from Geneva, Interlaken, Lucern, Innsbruck, Saltzberg and ending in Vienna. We originally were going to get the Swisspass after reading comments. When looking for train passes in Austria, it appears the Eurorail pass may cover both of the two countries. Can anyone explain why we would not just get the Eurorail for two weeks versus 8 day Swisspass and one week Eurorail?

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Dec 29, 2019 - 8:01 PM in reply to Art T

The Swiss Travel Pass (not Swisspass) offers better coverage beyond the main rail network in Switzerland. But depending on your itinerary that may not matter to you.

Compare the two passes at:

Based on your personal itinerary you should read “How to choose the best travel pass” (www.myswissalps.com/train/ticketspasses/practical/chooserailpass), download the handy spreadsheet calculator and do the math. The spreadsheet also includes links to the “Where it's valid" page for all available passes. Be sure to check those pages for each pass you are considering. Study the map AND read all the text on those pages to fully understand what is covered by the respective pass.

Last modified on Dec 29, 2019 - 8:03 PM by rockoyster
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Dec 30, 2019 - 3:15 PM

Hello ArtT,

Thanks for your questions!

It might be beneficial for you to go with the combination of: 8 days - Swiss Travel Pass and the Eurail for one week. The reason is being that when you are in Switzerland you will have better coverage with the Swiss Travel Pass. You will have unlimited travel throughout Switzerland and discounts on mountain tops and free museum entrances. The details of the Swiss Travel Pass and at your finger tips purchase is outlined here:

The Eurail only covers regional lines in Switzerland and there are no discounts on local lines,trolleys,boat services and but they do offer small discounts on a selected amount of mountain excursions. The details of the Eurail pass is here for your reference:

I have also attached some interesting links of the various cities you plan on visiting while you are in Switzerland:

Here is a link about activites that you can do in Switzerland:

When you have rail passes that cover Switzerland and Austria, I recommend a seat reservation though. I will attach the links for you:

I hope that helps!

Best regards,


Last modified on Dec 31, 2019 - 1:47 PM by Suzanne
Art T
Art T
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Jan 2, 2020 - 5:45 PM in reply to Suzanne

Thanks for your suggestions. Appreciate the help.

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