Rail pass help - Geneva/Zermatt/Montreux/Paris

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Feb 24, 2018 - 3:25 AM

Hi all - we are traveling to Switzerland/France in about a month and I can't navigate the train passes!

We land in Geneva and will travel from Geneva to Zermatt on 3/27/ Stay in Zermatt until 4/3

Leave Zermatt and travel to Montreux for a night, so Zermatt to Montreux on 4/3.

Leave Montreux on 4/4 and travel to paris through Geneva.

We have 2 adults and 3 kids aged 14, 12 and 8.

Any advice would be appreciated!!

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Feb 24, 2018 - 4:07 AM in reply to krissylub

Hello krissy,

A Eurail Select Pass (www.myswissalps.com/eu railselectpass) may suit if you are doing more than just the Geneva to Paris trip in French trains.

Otherwise I'm guessing a Swiss Half Fare Card (www.myswissalps.com/sw isshalffarecard), maybe for only 1 adult, would be your best bet if for no other reason than it is the cheapest way to get your kids travel for free with the accompanying Swiss Family Card (www.myswissalps.com/sw issfamilycard).

The accepted wisdom is that a clearly mapped out itinerary is the basis of for deciding which pass (if any) suits. Based on your itinerary you need to do the sums based on the cost of all your planned trips on trains, boats, cable cars etc. You can use the Swiss Train Timetable (www.myswissalps.com/ti metable) to work out the fares for any trip. When you go to buy a ticket the fare you see on the right hand side of the page will normally be the half-fare price. Double it to get full fare.

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Feb 24, 2018 - 10:05 AM in reply to krissylub

Hi Krissy,

Be sure to use our page here on how to choose the best rail pass. Once you, as Rockoyster mentioned, do the sums for all your planned train, cable car, bus and boat trips here.

There is a handy excel spreadsheet to help you on our page there as well.

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new member
Feb 24, 2018 - 12:48 PM

Thank you for the guidance! Going to map it all out now :)

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