4 days Florence-Lucerne-Paris - best rail pass?

4 days Florence-Lucerne-Paris - best rail pass?

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Shebone
Shebone
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Aug 1, 2017 - 3:25 AM

I'm having trouble figuring out which, if any, pass makes the most sense for me to buy. We're a family of 4 with one 17 and one 15 year old. Here's our 4 day Swiss itinerary (subject to weather):

Day 1: Taking a train from Florence Italy to Lucerne.

Day 2: Roundtrip to Pilatus, Rigi, or Stanserhorn (haven't decided which)

Day 3: Roundtrip to Titlis.

Day 4: ??? (unplanned, maybe lake cruise)

Day 5: Taking a train to Paris.

I'd like to fit in a lake cruise at some point, and hope to have time to explore Lucerne. If anyone wants to weigh in on that itinerary, please feel free. I'm thinking a half price pass might make sense, but am not really sure. Can anyone let me know what I should get? Thank you!

Lucas
Lucas
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Aug 1, 2017 - 6:55 AM in reply to Shebone

Hi Shebone and welcome to MySwissAlps!

Yes, I would look at either the Swiss Half Fare Card or the Swiss Travel Pass (3 or 4 days).

You can see which mountains these passes cover here: Validity of Swiss Travel Pass, Validity of Swiss Half Fare Card.

The Swiss Travel Pass covers Mt. Pilatus and Mt. Rigi. So with the Swiss Travel Pass you won't have to buy any tickets when you are in Switzerland except a trip to Mt. Titlis (50% off the ticket from Engelberg to Mt. Titlis - so it is more convenient that way).

Both rail passes only cover routes in Switzerland. So you will have to buy tickets from Florence to the Swiss border (Chiasso) and the Swiss border (Basel) to Paris as well.

The only way to know what the most cost-effective rail pass is, is to do the math on your planned routes/trips and compare with each pass. We have a web page on choosing the best rail pass that includes and Excel document to help you.

Lucas

Shebone
Shebone
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Aug 1, 2017 - 2:37 PM in reply to Lucas

Thanks, Lucas. Between your email and the website, I think I'm beginning to get things figured out. It looks like the Half Fare pass is the safest bet. If we get bad weather and do as much, we should at least break even.

Lucas
Lucas
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Aug 1, 2017 - 4:01 PM in reply to Shebone

Yes, it gives you some flexibility (you don't need to do something every day just to use a pass you paid for) but you still have to buy tickets each time (for some that is just fine though).

In the end, you are right, it is a safe bet.

Cheers!
Lucas

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