Jun 28, 2013 - 12:45 AM
Well, 2nd class is pretty comfortable too, but you are traveling in high season, so if you appreciate a bit more space then 1st class is a good option. The reason I ask is that the Eurail Austria - Switzerland Pass is only available for 1st class (except for youth), so that pass would be an option. Prices can be found here. It covers all regular trains for free, and Pilatus and Rigi are discounted. The issue in your case is that everything south of Interlaken is also discounted, not free. So whether this is the best option price wise can be calculated.
You're doing quite some traveling in the Bernese Oberland, so I recommend to combine the Swiss Card plus the Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland. The Swiss Card would normally not be economical to you because of the short trip (Zurich Airport - Lucerne) on your first day, but Swiss Card holders get a discount on the Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland, which makes it more attractive to combine these passes. The Swiss Card includes your transfers from Zurich Airport to Luzern and from Wengen to the Swiss/Austrian border, so you don't need further tickets for these legs. It also provides discounts on your trips around Lucerne. In addition you would use the 4-day Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland from August 3 to 6. It essentially includes ticketless traveling for about everything you have planned (Jungfrau is discounted). Both passes are available for 2nd class and 1st class, so you still have that option. You can get both passes from the Swiss Railways website. Alternatively, you can order along the Swiss Card with the Austria Pass here. I don't know about all options for Austria by the way. I assume you want the Austria Pass for that country, but point to point tickets are an option too. You can get these from the same website here.
As for available gondolas: go to the Regional-Pass page I just linked to and download the network map from there.
You can find good hotels in Lucerne here.
I hope this helped you out!
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