Best pass for France-Switzerland-Austria and back

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Bernie Dimla
Bernie Dimla
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Mar 24, 2019 - 5:30 AM


We're planning to travel to Paris, Switzerland (Geneva, Montreaux, Lucerne) and then on to Austria (Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna) then back to Paris before returning home.

In Switzerland, we intend to go to Chamonix Mount Blanc; Interlaken Ost, Jungfraujoch (I am still doing my research for day trips). The trip from Montreaux to Lucerne is via Golden Pass.

My question: Given the amount of travelling we will be doing, would Rail Europe be cheaper than Swiss Rail? If we purchase Swiss Rail pass, can we use this travelling between Paris and Austria?

Thanks for the tips in advance!

Regards, Bernie

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Mar 24, 2019 - 6:15 AM in reply to Bernie Dimla

Hi Bernie,

Welcome to MySwissAlps. A nice trip you're planning!

I do believe that the international rail pass could be the best option for you, however the detailed math is up to you I'm afraid.

To look into the international rail pass you mention use this link. It has a validity section, providing you with detailed information about it's validity.
- railglobalpass

Do the same for the Swiss rail passes available, you might consider the Swiss Travel Pass.
- issrailpasses
- isstravelpass

Also make sure you look at these links:
- aintickets/france
- aintickets/austria

For planning support regarding travelling times use our timetable link, a very helpful tool for planning:
- metable

Get back to us for further input.


Bernie Dimla
Bernie Dimla
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Mar 24, 2019 - 9:08 AM in reply to Steph

Thanks for the quick response, Steph!

I am pretty sure I will ask more questions as I go about my research.


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