May 15, 2011 - 8:13 PM
My spouse & I are headed to Switzerland this summer & plan to spend a few days hiking the Alpine Trail. I've spent what seems like days researching the options for rail passes & while I *think* I've arrived at the best choice I would greatly appreciate a second (or third or fourth) opinion.
Day 1 Arrive in Zurich and travel to Lucerne
Day 2 Travel by boat from Lucerne to Fleulen then travel onward to Attinghausen
Day 3 Cable Car to Brusti then hike to Engelberg
Day 4 Uplift to Jochpass then hike to Meiringen
Day 5 Hike to First
Day 6 Travel to Salzburg
My plan was to purchase the Swiss Card which would cover the trips on our first & last days and then provide 50% off travel on all other days. While we plan to hike, there's always the possibility that injury or weather conditions might cause a change in itinerary.
From what I can tell the cost of the Swiss Card is only a few dollars cheaper if I wait and purchase in Switzerland so I was planning to buy it from RailEurope or Rick Steves before we depart unless there are other reasons why I should wait.
Any suggestions or clarification you can provide will be most appreciated!!