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new member
Aug 12, 2014 - 4:29 AM

Multiple questions about Swiss rail travel. Any answers/opinions welcome!

1. Leaving New Zealand in 11 days. Can you print Swiss Rail Pass if it is sent online? Or does it need to be posted (not enough time to post)?

2. Arrive in Switzerland at Geneva Airport. Rail travel starts here. If Rail pass can not be downloaded before leaving can we purchase at Geneva Airport? More expensive than online?

3. Dates of rail travel August 28, 31and September 2 (plus September 1 if we do Jungfraujoch - weather dependant) So do we purchase 3 or 4 day pass? Definite 3 days and possible 4th.

4. Final travel day is Grindelwald, Switzerland, to Milan, Italy. Is Swiss Rail Pass valid for travel to a different country?

5. Should I buy a Swiss Rail Pass or a Swiss Flexi Rail Pass?

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expert &
Aug 12, 2014 - 7:04 AM

Hi Nick, welcome to MySwissAlps,

A Swiss Flexi Pass seems to be the best fit for you. All you need to know can be found on the pass page: issflexipass

1./2. You can buy online or in Switzerland, but as you can see here, you will only get a discount if you buy online. All points of sale are listed here. If you buy through ass/swiss-pass you can get the discount, pay in NZD, and have it delivered in 5 days.

3./5. A 3-day Swiss Flexi Pass is best, assuming you will only do short trips on the other days. On those days you can purchase discounted tickets.

4. It is valid until Domodossola in Italy. You can download the map here for details.

Enjoy your stay!

Last modified on Oct 27, 2017 - 4:59 PM by Arno
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new member
Aug 12, 2014 - 9:32 AM

Many thanks Arno. Additional questions:

1. Not sure I want to risk the stated 5 day ticket delivery to NZ. A lot of money to spend if tickets don't arrive before our departure. Can you purchase online, get a confirmation number, and fulfil at Geneva airport train station?

2. Swiss Flexi Pass - how do I specify this pass? Through your suggested link only Swiss Pass option.

3. How do I keep flexibility in the days I wish to travel. Know for certain the start date of travel but may need flexibility on other three days of travel (but within 5 days of the start date)

Thanks so much for your anticipated reply. Very Very helpful to our planning.

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expert &
Aug 12, 2014 - 10:10 AM

Hi Nick,

I am glad to help! As for your questions:

1. There's not really a risk as they have an office in Auckland, so it's just a domestic shipment within New Zealand. If you prefer to have the ticket ready for you at the Geneva airport train station, then order through the Swiss Railways webshop at en/products/swissflexi pass (the mentioned discount does not apply here, just regular Swiss prices).

2. If you pick the validity "3 days / 1 month" you will receive a 3-day Swiss Flexi Pass.

3. You don't need to pick the dates when you buy the pass. You can fill them out while in Switzerland, in designated areas on the pass.

Last modified on May 17, 2018 - 12:02 PM by Arno

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