Jun 7, 2017 - 6:27 AM
in reply to Matt123
Hi Matt123 and welcome to MySwissAlps!
Unfortunately there is not a perfect rail pass for everyone's itinerary - tempting thought though!
My first recommendation is always for people to do the math on the various rail passes and point to point tickets and compare them - our page "How to choose the best rail pass" has an excel sheet and information to help you do this. This is the only way to know 100% which is best economically.
The only pass that covers your entire route in Switzerland is the Swiss Travel Pass but it is not available for 5 days. (4 or 8 would be options for you). Even the 8 day may be a good option for you depending on the prices of point to point tickets (I know psychologically it seems wasteful to get an 8 day pass - but it really depends on total ticket costs)
In Italy, you should also look at the train costs of your 4 trips (sometimes great deals can be had) before you look at a 2 country Eurail Select Pass (as it's benefits in Switzerland aren't as good as the Swiss rail passes).
In the end, A Eurail Select Pass for Italy and Switzerland combined with the Swiss Half Fare Card may be your best option - on routes not covered in Switzerland with the Eurail Select Pass (gondolas etc.) you can get 50% off the ticket with the Swiss Half Fare Card.
I hope this helps with your decision! You can see PDF maps for each rail pass on what they cover on each link above.
Last modified on Jun 7, 2017 - 6:27 AM by Lucas