Is Swiss Travel Pass suitable for my travel plans?

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Feb 15, 2018 - 3:37 AM

Hi, I am travelling to Zermatt and Lucrene in the month of May end. I will be coming to Zermatt from Paris by train. Will stay in Zermatt for 2 nights and then transfer to Luzern. Our stay in Luzren is for 4 nights and then we will go to Zurich to take our flight back. I am travelling with my wife and two kids of 14 years and 12 years. My question is whether Swiss Travel Pass is beneficial for this trip. Also, as I read, I need to buy pass only for myself and my wife. Both kids will be free. Lastly, should I take 4 day pass or 8 day pass. Thanks, - Sachin

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Feb 15, 2018 - 3:46 AM in reply to jindals12

Hello Sachin and Welcome to MySwiss Alps,

If you order a Swiss Family Card ( issfamilycard), when you buy your Swiss Travel Passes for you and your wife, your kids can travel for free.

Before you can know for sure which pass suits your travel plans you need to do the sums based on the cost of all your planned trips on trains, boats, cable cars etc. You can use the Swiss Train Timetable ( metable) to work out the fares for any trip. When you go to buy a ticket the fare you see on the right hand side of the page will normally be the half-fare price. Double it to get full fare. With A Swiss Travel Pass it is free provided it is shown as free on the Area of Validity map ( PDF downloadable from isstravelpass/validity).

You should read “How to choose the best travel pass” ( ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass).

Last modified on Feb 15, 2018 - 4:07 AM by rockoyster
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Feb 15, 2018 - 4:58 AM

Thanks for a quick reply. I checked the validity map. Just to confirm, I saw the Lausanne to Zermatt connection via Visp. It is showing a red line which means it is valid with Swiss Travel Pass. Please confirm so that I am sure I am seeing the map correctly. Thanks - Sachin

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Feb 15, 2018 - 6:18 AM in reply to jindals12

That is correct solid red lines are trains which are "free" with the Swiss Travel Pass. You will see some red dashed lines. They indicate longer tunnels not to be confused with red dotted lines which indicate a 50% discount (apart from Jungfraujoch which is only 25% discount).

If you are coming from Paris direct to Lausanne then you will cross the Swiss Border at Vallorbe. Theoretically that should mean that from Vallorbe to Zermatt you are covered by the the Swiss Travel Pass. I'm just not sure if you can make a TGV booking only to Vallorbe. Probably not worth worrying about.

Last modified on Feb 15, 2018 - 6:25 AM by rockoyster

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