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Sep 1, 2014 - 4:05 AM


We are a family of 2 adults and 2 children (age 10 and 12) and we would be visiting Switzerland for the first time. Our itinerary goes like this:

28-29 Nov : Geneva

30-Nov -2 Dec: Lauterbrunnen

3-5: Basel

We travel from Nice to Geneva and would be leaving Basel for Lyon. I was planning to purchase a Swiss rail pass, but I'm not sure if it should be the flexi pass, the saver pass or any other suitable pass which would help us cut cost for our 8 days in Switzerland as we are on a tight budget. In addition, does the pass cover rail travel to Jungfrau?

For travel from Geneva to Lauterbrunnen on the 30 Nov, we had planned to go by the Goldenpass leg, from Montreux to Zweisimmen and onwards to Lauterbrunnen. We are open to suggestions on trips from our base towns and interesting activities for the children.



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Sep 1, 2014 - 2:02 PM

Hello Portia, and welcome to MySwissAlps!

A Swiss rail pass will help you save on travel costs. Which pass is best, can only be told if you have an exact and fixed list of travel plans: here's explained how to decide based on such calculations. Looking at the plans you've listed here, I think you should look into a 3 or 4 day Swiss Saver Flexi Pass; you would use free travel days for the transfers Geneva-Lauterbrunnen and Lauterbrunnen-Basel. Another option would be the Swiss Half Fare Card.

The Jungfraujoch is discounted with both passes. The validity maps show the amount of discount. And in both cases, children travel along for free with the free Swiss Family Card. All details on validity areas, how the passes work, prices and promotions are available through the links I provided.

The Golden Pass route between Montreux and Interlaken is an excellent choice for your transfer Geneva-Lauterbrunnen! Further information on the Geneva region, including tips for day trips, are here, and for the Lauterbrunnen region here. Do check whether the activities you prefer are available, since November is kind of an in-between season often used for maintenance on cable cars and mountain trains.

I hope this helps you prepare for your trip!

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