Which rail pass for Switzerland, France and Italy

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Mar 26, 2018 - 9:51 PM

Hello forum members,

I am considering the Eurail Select Pass for 9 days, covering Switzerland, France, and Italy. My itinerary is below:

Zurich > Lucerne (day one, Sun)

Lucerne > Day exploration (day two, Mon)

Lucerne > Zermatt (day three, Tues)

Zermatt > Day exploration (day 4, 5, Weds-Thurs)

Zermatt > Geneva (day 6, Friday)

Roquebrune-Cap Martin > Day explorations (day 7, 8 Sat-Sun)

Roquebrune-Cap Martin > Genoa (day 9, Mon)

Genoa > Florence (Day 10, Tues)

Florence > Rome (Day 12, Thursday)

Questions for the Forum.

Does this look like an appropriate/cost effective use of the Eurail Select 9 day pass, or would you recommend another option?

Thank you,


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Mar 26, 2018 - 11:22 PM in reply to DerekT

Hello Derek,

You realise the Eurail Pass does not cover Gornergrat or Klein Matterhorn at Zermatt?

On your way to Zermatt from Lucerne go via Interlaken and Kandersteg for the most scenic route.

Can't comment after you depart Geneva as you have entered "foreign" territory.

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Mar 27, 2018 - 3:30 AM in reply to DerekT

On the face of it, I wouldn't choose a Eurail Pass for such an itinerary:

  • Eurail coverage in Switzerland for mountain transport is nowhere near as good as the Swiss Travel Pass
  • Point-to-point fares in Italy tend to be relatively cheap, and many people say that a Eurail Pass is therefore not good value in Italy
  • For your limited travel in France, you might be better off with point-to-point fares, especially if you buy in advance.

Having said that, there is no quick and easy answer. If you definitely want the cheapest option, there is only one way to know for sure, and that is to do your sums: add up the full-fare cost of all trips you intend to do by train, bus, cable car and boat and compare the total cost of separate tickets with the cost of doing the same trips with the Swiss Travel Pass, Swiss Half Fare Card, Eurail Pass etc.

There is information and a spreadsheet here to help you:

www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass


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