Aug 19, 2015 - 6:03 PM
in reply to Arno
Hi Arno, thanks for getting back to me!
Actually, you are so right! So would we get the France-Switzerland rail pass or....Would we then look at the rail pass for France and purchase the Swiss Half fare pass for the trains to and around Grindelwald, Junfraujock, Lauterbrunnen, Murren, Wengen, First? It would cost us about $300(CDN) for the two half price passes, so I wonder if the value us there? I think it might be, just for the reduced price in the trip up to the Top of Europe. I am also confused about which trains require reserved seats and the cost of the reservation on top of the cost of the pass. Is there a similar half fare pass for a France?
FYI..about 10 yrs ago I did this trip and we bought consecutive day passes on First Class because it covered more trains...I can't see that on any site, so assume things have changed.
I think the second class France -Switzerland rail pass would cost approximately $1000.00 (for two) and we would need reservations on any TGV (Avignon) and I think the train from Klein Scheidegg to Jungfraujock, maybe the train to get to Chamonix from Martigny? otherwise we just hop on and off trains as we would like to.
I have spent hours online researching routes and cost of trains without passes of any kind, and it looks like there may be a bit of a saving with the pass, but I don't see it being a huge difference in overall price unless I am missing something.
Advantage to pass=no lineups for tickets. Disadvantage =having to pay extra for reservations and limited Rez seats available.