Recommendations on family Swiss rail pass and cost

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May 16, 2017 - 10:39 AM

We, my husband, our 2 year old son and myself, are looking to travel to Switzerland in late August into early September. We land in Zurich and we want to travel to Lugano for 3 nigths , Matterhorn, Montreux, Intaerlaken Region for three nights, a day trip to Bern, and then 2 nights in Lucern. We were thinking of the Swiss Pass, but we didn't know if we should purchase a 15 day pass or one for every other day. We also don't know if this potential itinerary is to much for our son. We have traveled with him, and he enjoys traveleing. We found the prices of the Rail pass to be around $900 for the 15 days? We would apprecaite any suggetions. Related to the rail passes or our itinerary.

Thank you in advance,


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May 16, 2017 - 6:23 PM

Hi Ritu, welcome to MySwissAlps!

The Swiss Pass is a product for Swiss residents only, so that's not what you need. As a tourist you need a Swiss Travel Pass. There are no 1-day Swiss Travel Passes, so you would need one for your entire stay. Through the Swiss Railways shop, the 15-day pass costs CHF 458 per adult and your son goes free. It costs $472 through the website and again your son goes free.

You can pay less though if you decide quickly, because there currently is this promotion which gets you a 10-day pass for the price of an 8-day pass. That might fit your plans, and it only costs $388 per adult and your son is again free of charge. Please see l-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html.

All purchase options are listed on ravelpass/price.

Your itinerary is pretty ambitious. The Matterhorn (Zermatt), Montreux and Interlaken are not in the same region so day trips will take quite long from one base. But changing base too many times takes a lot of time too. I'd recommend to pick two or three base towns and do day trips within the region. Our top menu will help you pick towns and activities.

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