Bernese Oberland pass- Luzern & Lauterbrunnen?

Bernese Oberland pass- Luzern & Lauterbrunnen?

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Aniruddh
Aniruddh
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Jun 17, 2018 - 4:42 AM

Hi,

We are a family of four - traveling with my wife and 2 kids, visiting Switzerland end of this month. We are reaching Luzern by train from Paris. Plan is to stay 5 nights in Switzerland - 3 nights in Luzern, 2 nights in Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. We would likely do a day trip to Bern by train from Luzern. At Luzern, plan to do cog rail to either Mt. Rigi or Mt. Pilatus and do a lake cruise. Then we will travel by train to Wengen. We might do a round trip from Interlaken to Thun on lake if time permits. And then planning to take train back to Paris from Lauterbrunnen. My questions are:

1. For travel within Switzerland, is the best pass the Regional Berner Oberland pass or should I consider Swiss pass or something else? Which of the above trips I noted are fully covered in the Regional Berner Oberland pass, and which ones are discounted?

2. Other than getting the pass, I assume I also need to book specific train reservations using the pass, i.e. I can't just use the pass to board trains, correct? If so, which website should I use?

3. For the travel from Paris to Luzern, and back from Lauterbrunnen to Paris, are there multiple website options that are available to book trains, can you recommend any?

Thanks,

Meenakshi

Lucas
Lucas
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Jun 17, 2018 - 2:00 PM in reply to Aniruddh

Hi Meenakshi and welcome to MySwissAlps!

  1. The Regional Pass - Bernese Oberland (https://www.myswissalp s.com/regionalpassbern eseoberland) is a good option. It will cover your trips between the towns you mention, but not up into some mountains around Lucerne (only Titlis gets 50% off). You can see which routes and mountains are discounted on the link above (then click the "where it's valid" tab).

  2. You can use a rail pass to just board the train yes. No reservations needed on most trains in Switzerland. Board, find a seat and show the rail pass when asked.

  3. Yes, we have a few sites we recommend for tickets to/from Paris here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/traintickets/fra nce/price

Other than the Regional Pass - Bernese Oberland, you could also look at the Swiss Travel Pass for 4 days. It covers almost all of Switzerland and gives discounts on some mountains near Lucerne that the other pass does not. https://www.myswissalp s.com/swisstravelpass

To know which rail pass is the best for your specific itinerary you need to plan out all trips you will make (train, bus, boat, cable car) and compare the prices for regular tickets to the rail pass price (and which routes/mountains are free or discounted). Once you have that information you can read our page here on how to choose the best rail pass. There is a spreadsheet there to help with the math.
https://www.myswissalp s.com/train/ticketspas ses/practical/choosera ilpass

Aniruddh
Aniruddh
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Jun 18, 2018 - 3:10 AM in reply to Lucas

Hi Lucas,

Thanks for your reply. I went with the Swiss Pass rather than the Berner Oberland regional pass, and then bought separate point to point ticket from Paris to Basel. The Swiss Pass was bit more expensive obviously than the regional BO pass but gives lot more flexibility and makes planning easier.

Can you please help me with couple more follow up questions?

1. Do I need to make seat reservations on the Lucerne to Interlaken train (Golden Pass line)? We got 2nd class ticket on the Swiss Pass (not sure if that makes a difference to your answer). If so, can you provide the link for that?

2. Do I need to make any reservations on the any of the mountain trains either at Lucerne (Titlis / Regi / Pilatus) or at Interlaken (Schilthorn)? If so, again can you provide the link for that?

Meenakshi

Lucas
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Jun 18, 2018 - 11:33 AM in reply to Aniruddh

Hi Meenakshi,

  1. No, reservations are not needed. The train starts in Luzern so get there maybe 15/20 minutes early and be the first to board an empty train. Very few reservations are made here except groups from time to time. If you want to reserve you can do so here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/goldenpass/ticke ts (link under more information).
  2. No, no reservations needed on those, except perhaps Schilthorn which can now be booked. Read about that process here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/forum/topic/new-schilthorn-cable-car-reservation-process

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