Mar 20, 2018 - 4:41 AM
in reply to Lisadee
Hello, Lisadee. Swiss Travel Pass Flex are expensive. I have been to Switzerland (always traveled by train) and Rome (not by train). I am from the US as well. My friend has traveled from Rome to the Swiss border on point to point ticket and if you book well in advance from an Italian train company it will be cheap.
Instead of a Eurail pass why not get a 4-day Swiss Travel Pass (STP)? With a Eurail Pass most of the rides to the mountains are only discounted to a mere 25% or none at all. There are a lot of perks being offered by STP, museums and for this year (2018) several mountain rides. They can start using the STP when they get to the Swiss border train on June 11th and make transfers to more Swiss trains until they get to Lauterbrunnen. He can stay at a hostel in Lauterbrunnen which is close to Interlaken , Murren and the Grindelwald/Wengen area. Lauterbrunnen is a 20 minute train ride to Interlaken Ost, about 20 minute ride to Murren and and 40-minute ride to Grindelwald (provided you get to all the connections based on train schedule).
Once he is checked in, from Lauterbrunnen, depending on available time left for the day, they can go to the top of the Schilthorn (free with the STP pass), visit the Trummelbache (not included in the Pass) or head back to Interlaken Ost depending on what they want to explore. The train to Harder Kulm from Interlaken Ost runs until 8pm. Both Grutschalp Trail (take train one way) and Gimmelwald (take cable one way) hikes are easy. Both transportation are free on STP.
On June 12th, they can head to Grindelwald, take a cable to First (reduced rate). There are a lot of activities at First (take note of the last cable ride back to Grindelwald) and connecting trains on to Lauterbrunnen. From Interlaken, the boat rides to Brienz and Thun lakes are free with the Swiss Travel Pass.
On June 13th they can head to Luzern and avail of the free rides to the top of Stansenhorn (funicular, cable way, have to try the Cabrio-O some time), Engelberg to Brunni cableway and Vitznau to Rigi Scheidegg cableway or just visit the Old Town and museums. The use of the STP will go a long way.
On June 14th, upon checking out, some accommodations will allow you to store your luggage to be able to do more daytime activities and come back for them on your way to your next destination. There are late trains from Luzern to Zurich (about 50 minute ride) and in the evening of June 14th, they can head to Luzern closer to the airport. I have not stayed in a hostel, so you can research on those that are closer to the train stations to save travel time . I have usually stayed at Holiday Inn Express in Rumlang/Zurich with free shuttle from the airport. The shuttle to the airport that starts at 4:30 or 5 in the morning. They also provide free breakfast that starts at 4 am, plenty of time for the morning flight back to the US. I hope this helps. Take care.
Last modified on Mar 20, 2018 - 8:24 AM by Chantal