How to plan 13 days travel with Swiss Travel Pass?

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Apr 12, 2017 - 4:30 AM

Hi.We are planning to be in Switzerland between June 6-19th. Our starting point is Lausanne and exit is Zurich. We are staying in Lausanne for the whole trip.

We are traveling with a tight budget but we will purchase the 15-days Swiss Travel Pass. Therefore, we would like to maximize the usage of the pass but we realized that some trips do take up lots of travel "train" time.

Also, we've been trying to figure out what's the best route to take as we are looking at visiting a few places. We would like to cover Neuchatel/Creux du Van, Zurich/Rhine Falls, Junfraujoch, Luzern/boat ride, Bern and Fribourg. We plan to visit Luzern on 2 seperate days. And hoping to squeeze Munich as well. The only hotel stay we are thinking about is probably in Zurich or Munich for 1 night.

Please advice how we can plan this more efficiently..... thanks.

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Apr 12, 2017 - 10:51 AM in reply to AngieT

Hi AngieT and welcome to MySwissAlps!

We don't actually build itineraries here. The best way to help plan your trips is by using the train timetable here. That way you can see where the routes are and how long the train will take.

The longest train trips are about 3.5 hours in Switzerland, unless you travel on one of the panoramic trains. The Golden Pass panoramic train runs between Montreux and Luzern so that could be one way to get to Luzern. You might want to combine the Zurich and Munich trip as they are in the same direction.

You may also like to visit Zermatt and the Matterhorn, which is a good option for an overnight but could be done in one long day (3 hours from Lausanne).

Once you have a rough itinerary, post it here and members can give you their feedback! :)


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Apr 12, 2017 - 1:41 PM in reply to Lucas

Hi Lucas,

Thanks for the advice. Zermatt is on our schedule already. And we are also planning for Zurich and Munich combination. I guess we will have to study the train schedules and plan accordingly. As Lausanne will be our base, travel time will be unavoidable. Thanks again.

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Apr 22, 2017 - 8:15 AM

Hi Lucas,

We've come up with a rough schedule. Would be grateful if we could get some feedback if it makes sense. They are all day trips.

Zermatt -by car

Neuchatel/Creux du Van -train

Luzern/Stanger horn-train

Lausanne -home base

Interlaken/Lauterbrunnen/Junfraujoch - 2nights/car&train

Luzern/Groshennen/Lausanne -boat&train

Bern/Fribourg -train

Zurich/Rhine Falls -train

Gruyere -train

Does this make sense? Do let me know. Thanks.

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Apr 22, 2017 - 11:33 AM in reply to AngieT

Hi AngieT,

Lausanne isn't the ideal base for many of these trips. They'll require long traveling times. The best you can do is enter each trip in the timetable and see whether you're fine with the amount of traveling. Just to give some examples: a single trip to Luzern takes well over 2 hours. To Schloss Laufen (Rhine Falls) you'll spend well over 3 hours one way. Of course it's all a matter of personal preference. If you don't mind long travel days, it's all fine!

I noticed you plan to use a car in the Jungfrau region and Zermatt and that you'll be using a 15 day Swiss Travel Pass. If I were you I'd just make all journeys by train. Your Swiss Travel Pass will cover them. Moreover, Zermatt is car free and you'd have to park your car in Täsch. Many locations in the Jungfrau region can't be reached by car either. This page may interest you: sustrain.

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