Rome to Interlaken area - fly or take train?

Rome to Interlaken area - fly or take train?

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visiutsi
visiutsi
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Jun 24, 2017 - 5:35 AM

We just booked round-trip tickets to Rome and back for next week!:) We would like to visit Switzerland for 4-5 days. Could you please advise what's the best way to get to Interlaken area (I think we'll stay in Wengen) from Rome and back to Rome. Should we fly into Zurich? Or take a train?

Also, would you recommend purchasing train pass for the time we'll be in Switzerland? Or some kind of half fare card (seen it on some older forums)? Any recommendations are very appreciated!

Thank you,

Olga

Annika
Annika
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Jun 24, 2017 - 4:24 PM in reply to visiutsi

Hi Olga, thanks for joining MySwissAlps!

I'd take a train from Rome to Wengen. It's about a 7 to 8 hour journey with some pretty scenic legs, and I think you won't win that much time by flying to Zurich and then heading for Wengen by train. All details can be found in the timetable.

Yes, a rail pass nearly always make sense. Which pass is best depends on your specific plans. If you want to make sure you'd best make calculations as explained here. Here are some options to look into:

  • the Swiss Half Fare Card, which provides 50% off of your trips in Switzerland. This includes the Swiss legs (Domodossola-Wengen) of your trips from and to Rome. You'd need additional full-fare tickets Rome-Domodossola and back. Please review this page for tickets to and from Italy: myswissalps.com/traint ickets/italy;
  • the Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland, which provides excellent coverage in the Wengen area and the rest of the Bernese Oberland. You'd need additional full-fare tickets Rome-Brig and back, as the Regional-Pass is valid from/to Brig;
  • the Jungfrau Travel Pass, which is mainly interesting if you plan to focus on the immediate surroundings of Wengen. You'd need additional full-fare tickets Rome-Interlake and back.

Mind to decide and order soon. Many passes are available as e-tickets, which is the most convenient option. But e-ticket orders too can take a few days' processing time. And in case of physical tickets, they need to be sent to your home address before your departure.

Does this get you started?

Last modified on Jun 24, 2017 - 4:26 PM by Annika
visiutsi
visiutsi
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Jun 25, 2017 - 3:38 AM in reply to Annika

Thank you so much!!!

visiutsi
visiutsi
5 posts
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Jun 25, 2017 - 7:18 PM in reply to Annika

Thank you again for your response. One more question. Should we purchase Swiss Pass or Euro Rail pass? Would it cover more?

Thank you,

Olga

Arno
Arno
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Jun 25, 2017 - 8:29 PM in reply to visiutsi

Hi Olga,

You can compare those passes on the below pages. I you wish you can compare them in detail by doing the calculations as Annika suggested.

Last modified on Jun 25, 2017 - 8:29 PM by Arno

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