Rail pass for 5 days Zurich, Lucerne, Lugano, Rigi

Rail pass for 5 days Zurich, Lucerne, Lugano, Rigi

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May 7, 2018 - 12:10 AM

We are travelling to Lucerne from Zurich from July 2nd to July 6th group of 14 people with 4 kids( ages 6 ,6,10,11) and youth 2 ( ages 16,18). we will land to Zurich in the afternoon and see old town of Zurich and travel to Lucerne in the evening .

On Day 2 , we planning to go to Mount Rigi. for Rigi trip, we are planning to take boat to Vitnau ,cogwheel train to Rigi kulm. for return Journey, Rigi kulm to Arth Goldau and visit the zoo there then Goldau to Zug by train (visit sunset) then back to Luzern.

On Day 3, visit Mount titlis and in the evening visit Glacier garden or other sight seeing in Lucern.

Day 4 , Gothard Panorama express to Lugano in return visit the Lugano village and back to Lucerne in the evening by 8.00 pm

Day 5, our flight from Zurich to Spain around 3.00 so on this day can we visit Rhine falls or visit transport museum or something else??

for this Itinerary, we are thinking to buy Swiss travel pass for 3 days and saver day pass for 2 days(CHF 29 if buy it in advance)

without buying a half swiss fare pass , can saver day pass covers all the public transport and mountain transports??

Alpenrose666
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May 7, 2018 - 1:11 AM in reply to sony

Hi sony, and welcome to MySwissAlps!

>> Day 4 , Gothard Panorama express to Lugano in return visit the Lugano village and back to Lucerne in the evening by 8.00 pm

The boat for the Gotthard Panorama Express trip leaves Luzern at 11:12, connects with the train at Flüelen at 14:10, and the train gets to Lugano at 16:38. If you want to get back to Luzern by 20:00 by the fastest route, you will need to leave Lugano at 17:42. Lugano is not a village, it is a city of over 60,000 people, and you won't see much in an hour.

You could get an earlier start by following the same route by boat and regional train instead of the Gotthard Panorama Express.

Reservations (at an additional cost) are compulsory for the Gotthard Panorama Express train sector (Flüelen-Lugano), but are not required if you travel on regional trains instead. Reservations are not possible for the boat.

>> Day 5, our flight from Zurich to Spain around 3.00 so on this day can we visit Rhine falls or visit transport museum or something else??

The key to deciding what is possible and/or practical is to use the Swiss Timetable to plan out your trip, and see how long it will take, including getting to the airport in time for check-in, security screening etc.

www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

(Use the one on the right with the red SBB logo.)

>> for this Itinerary, we are thinking to buy Swiss travel pass for 3 days and saver day pass for 2 days(CHF 29 if buy it in advance)

You can only get a Saver Day Pass for CHF 29 if you also buy a Swiss Half Fare Card for CHF 120 for each adult and child aged 16+.

On days you are using the Saver Day Pass, unless you also have a Swiss Half Fare Card and Swiss Family Card, you will also need to buy a Junior Travel Card for CHF 30 for each of the children aged 6-15. If three of the younger children belong to the same family, the third and subsequent Junior Travel Cards are free.

>> without buying a half swiss fare pass , can saver day pass covers all the public transport and mountain transports??

No. The Saver Day Pass is valid for the whole of your Rigi trip, but will only get you as far as the village of Engelberg for your Titlis trip. Then you would have to pay full fare on the gondola from Engelberg to Titlis.

You can download a map showing where the Saver Day Pass is valid. Only transport depicted by solid red, yellow, black or white lines, or dashed (not dotted) red lines, is free with the Saver Day Pass. The pass is not valid on any routes shown with a dotted line, and you will have to pay full fare for those.

If you also buy a Swiss Half Fare Card, that will get you 50% discount on transport shown with dotted lines.

www.myswissalps.com/sw isshalffarecard/validi ty

Have you read the information about how to choose a pass?

www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass

Alpenrose

sony
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May 9, 2018 - 8:01 PM in reply to Alpenrose666

Thank you so much for the suggestions.

We chose Gothard express because we all want to experience the panoramic scenic train journey. I thought Lugano is a small town so we can cover it in 2 hours.

Our base is Lucern so do we have any other option of scenic train.( We were thinking about Brienzer Rothorn )

I made the excelsheet with point to point ticket and all tge passes and swiss pass is cheper option for us .

my question is - Do we get the group discount for swiss travel pass ? I have read on SBB sbout 20% discounts for group, is it true??Is it advisable to buy Swiss pass now for July trip including Titlis cable car tickets??

Alpenrose666
Alpenrose666
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May 10, 2018 - 1:31 AM

>> I thought Lugano is a small town so we can cover it in 2 hours.

You can walk through the old city and along the lakeside in Lugano in 2 hours. However, you said you wanted to take the Gotthard Panorama express to Lugano and get back to Luzern by 20:00.

If that is what you still want to do, you will only have one hour in Lugano, not two hours. If you spend two hours in Lugano, you will get back Luzern after 20:00.

You can use the Swiss Timetable to plan your trip and decide what your priority is: back in Luzern by 20:00, or two hours in Lugano and back to Luzern after 20:00.

Or, as I mentioned above, you could get an earlier start by following the same route by boat and regional train instead of the Gotthard Panorama Express. That will get you to Lugano earlier, and you can spend more time there.

Alpenrose

Last modified on May 10, 2018 - 1:35 AM by Alpenrose666
Lucas
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May 10, 2018 - 2:07 AM in reply to sony

Hi Sony,

The Brienzer Rothorn is a much shorter trip by train up a mountain - but it is scenic.

As far as I know there are group discounts with point to point rail tickets only - not for rail passes.

No need to buy mountain tickets now no. You'll want to wait until the day of departure to make sure the weather looks good on the mountain.

You can order the Swiss Travel Pass online here and print it at home for convenience.

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