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Aug 6, 2015 - 6:10 PM


I will be arriving into Zurich airport and want to travel directly to Lucerne. I will be staying in Lucerne for 3 days taking day trips to Mt Titlis and Bern. On the 4th day, I will travel back to Zurich in the morning to explore Zurich for the day and then want to take overnight train to Vienna, Austria. I will be staying 4 days in Vienna and taking one day trip to Salzburg. Is there a good rail pass that I can use for all my trips? Thanks

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Aug 7, 2015 - 8:47 AM

Hello jeanhanna212!

A Eurail Austria-Switzerland Pass would cover most of these trips. Only the trip up the Titlis would be 50% off instead of free. Please find details at http://www.myswissalps .com/eurailaustriaswit zerlandpass. However, I doubt if you'll be doing enough traveling in Austria to justify buying one. So cost wise, I think it's better to buy a rail pass for Switzerland and look for a solution for the Austrian part of your trips apart from this. Whether this holds true can be calculated as explained at www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass.

If you want to look for Swiss and Austrian options separately: for your Swiss trips, a Swiss Half Fare Card (http://www.myswissalps .com/swisshalffarecard) is probably the best buy. It gives 50% off of all trips, so you'll have to buy discounted tickets. It's valid up to the Swiss/Austrian border, so you can buy a 50% discounted ticket for the Swiss leg and then have your ticket or pass for Austria take over. Retailers for the Swiss Half Fare Card can be found at http://www.myswissalps .com/swisshalffarecard /price. Since you're from the US, you can best buy through Rail Europe World: www.raileurope-world.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card. Information on tickets for Austria can be found at http://www.myswissalps .com/traintickets/aust ria.

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