Aug 17, 2016 - 4:53 PM
Hi Farooq, welcome to MySwissAlps!
You do not need a Swiss Pass. That's a product for Swiss residents. You need a Swiss Travel Pass. Whether a Swiss Half Fare Card is better or even another pass depends on your travel plans. You can list them and do the math as explained here.
The SBB website is basically for Swiss residents. It does not list the tourist passes, although GA is identical to the Swiss Travel Pass and that selection should work for Italy. But, if you will have a Swiss Travel Pass, you only need tickets from Rome to the border (Domodossola) as the pass covers the rest of the trip. You can buy those tickets from the websites listed here. Prices at www.captaintrain.com, for example, start at just € 100 for two, which is much cheaper than what you quoted. But you will have to check for your travel date and time. Booking early usually gets you the best fares.
Be sure to buy your Swiss Travel Pass online as well to prevent loosing time at the border: myswissalps.com/ swisstravelpass/ price.
Does this help you out?
Last modified on Aug 7, 2018 - 1:21 PM by Arno