Aug 29, 2016 - 9:30 AM
in reply to esskay8
Yes, that's my experience as well (EUR versus CHF). The bank needs to make money and prevent the risk of loosing money on foreign currency exchanges. Still, in my case, it's often best to pay in the currency of the company you are buying from (so CHF in this case), as they often charge an even exchange higher rate than banks. It might be different for India, so it's wise of you to check.
Paying in EUR, USD or GBP would only make it more expensive for you I would guess. You do have one other option: buy your pass from a local company offering payment in your own currency. In your case you can check www.raileurope.co.in/p ass/swiss-travel-pass-82. Of course they also take an exchange rate risk as they need to pay in CHF for their passes too, and charge you in INR. So you need to check their prices and see what's best for you. At least your bank won't charge you in this case.
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