1 week in Murten then Italy - rail pass options

1 week in Murten then Italy - rail pass options

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Loriemarsh
Loriemarsh
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Jun 1, 2018 - 10:57 PM

I've hit a wall. :) It's been two days, and I'm still not sure how to best prepare for our July 1 - 18 trip to Switzerland and Italy. I've considered buying 2 Select Passes (EURAIL) to cover our longer train legs from Zurich (airport) to Murten, Murten to Venice, Venice to Rome, and Rome to Naples. From Naples, we'll take the Hydrofoil/ferry to Ischia.

We're staying in Murten with friends for five days and anticipate going to Ballenberg together, as well as Bern... They have cars, but I'm not sure how much we might drive vs. take trains/transpo together. Our first five days with them will be flexible and spontaneous. I'm thinking Point-to-Point tickets will be the most straightforward plan for hanging out with them, but, then I got myself confused (I'll spare you the details, but imagine yourself in my head - SwissPass? No. Yes. No. Maybe? EURAIL options? Yes! No, no. Only point-to-point...??? Wait a minute, which pass did what?).

From Naples, we will fly back to Zurich and stay in a hotel overnight there before our flight back to the U.S. I believe I chose the hotel b/c it has an airport shuttle, but if not, we'll take the local bus/tram/train as necessary to get there and back to the airport the next morning.

Thanks in advance for any light you can shine on my options!

Lorie

Lucas
Lucas
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Jun 2, 2018 - 9:06 AM in reply to Loriemarsh

Hi Lorie and welcome to MySwissAlps!

Always a tough decision.

If you stick to major train routes in Switzerland, the Eurail Select Pass probably will work out as the most cost-effective option. See the route coverage here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/eurailselectpass /validity however if you end up traveling by car frequently then it may become a bit of a waste although the 3 Italian trips may make up for it. Hard to say.

You'll really need to plan out your trips and decide how you will get there before you can choose a rail pass. https://www.myswissalp s.com/train/ticketspas ses/practical/choosera ilpass

You may want to look at the Swiss Half Fare Card which for a lower price point gets you 50% off all Swiss trains, buses, boats and cable cars. Then get a rail pass just for Italy or buy point to point tickets within Italy (if you can find reasonable prices).

https://www.myswissalp s.com/swisshalffarecar d
https://www.myswissalp s.com/traintickets/ita ly/price

Loriemarsh
Loriemarsh
2 posts
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Jun 2, 2018 - 7:52 PM

Thanks, Lucas!

Your links were quite helpful.

I thought I'd let you and others know what I ended up doing. Since EURAIL has a promotion going until June 4, their Global Pass actually turned out to be the best option for me at $1,030 for 2 adults and our under-12 child, for the 15-day Continuous in One Month pass.

Yay, now I can turn my focus to packing! :)

Lucas
Lucas
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Jun 3, 2018 - 4:53 AM in reply to Loriemarsh

Super!

Happy Travels. :)

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