Country to visit for 2/3 days before Switzerland

Country to visit for 2/3 days before Switzerland

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TweetyBird
TweetyBird
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Feb 10, 2017 - 7:04 PM

Hello,

I will be trvaelling with my family 2 adults 2 kids( age 7 ) in August for a 7 day trip to Switzerland but would like to go visit a neighbouring country for 2 -3days before we reach switzerland. Could you please suggest the nearest country to visit ? We will be buying the swiss rail when in Switzerland. Would the swissrail pass help travelling to any neighbouring country with no extra cost?

Lucas
Lucas
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Feb 10, 2017 - 7:12 PM in reply to TweetyBird

Hi Tweetybird,

I believe you mean the Swiss Travel Pass? This is only valid for Switzerland. If you are planning to do a fair bit of train travel in the other country you could consider the 2 country Eurail Select Pass.

Read over those links as they will give you prices and purchase options as well as where they are valid.

If you are only taking a train into and out of say one town in the other country you may be better of buying a point to point ticket there and then the Swiss Travel Pass for travel within Switzerland.

Switzerland borders France, Germany, Austria and Italy (and Liechtenstein but its basically Switzerland;) . The closest country depends on where in Switzerland you are travelling to or around.

Regards,
Lucas

Last modified on Feb 10, 2017 - 8:07 PM by Arno
TweetyBird
TweetyBird
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Feb 10, 2017 - 7:57 PM in reply to Lucas

Thank you so much for the qucik response. We are planning to live in Obwalden when in Switzerland for 7 days. I am thinking to visit a nearby country for 2 or 3 days prior to trip to Switzerland, but am confused which country would be more convinient with kids at age 7. Would you be able to help me with that?

Arno
Arno
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Feb 11, 2017 - 9:40 AM

Hi TweetyBird,

This forum is about Switzerland only, but in general I would say that convenience mostly depends on which town and accommodation you choose, and not so much on the country. With children I would pick one base town, not too far from Switzerland to limit traveling time. But still that could be in any of the countries Lucas mentioned. Many people visit Paris and then take a high speed train to Switzerland, but that may not be what you are looking for.

You can best buy your rail pass online, that saves you time on the border. Simply print the pass at home so you can continue traveling rather than getting off the train to wait for a ticket office and then wait for the next train. You'll find all options on the Price tab of the Swiss Travel Pass page Lucas gave you.

Last modified on Feb 11, 2017 - 9:42 AM by Arno
TweetyBird
TweetyBird
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Feb 12, 2017 - 5:41 AM in reply to Arno

Thank you so much for the detailed information. We are deciding to visit Paris for 3 nights and then head to Switzerland. Your website has helped me to plan my complete trip. Thank you so much !! I will look at the links Lucas has provided me.

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