Selecting the right Switzerland travel pass

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Sep 22, 2017 - 10:09 PM

Hello, i know there have been probably hundreds of questions like this and even more articles i can find online, but my specific case is a bit tricky.

I'll do it short - i'm going on a trip to Lucerne and Italy on November and so far here are the things i know i will do or really want to do:

- November 22nd: Land at Zurich Airport and take a train/bus to Lucerne

- November 22nd-24th: Stay at a hotel at the Altstadt (Old town) of Lucerne, get to the top of Mt. Pilatus using only the panorama gondolas and the aerial cableway from Kriens.

* I'm not interested in any of the museums or the Transport museum, all the things i will do are in or really close to Lucerne and i guess i will use the boat rides on the lake once or twice.

- November 24th: Take a train from Lucerne to Milan, there i'm planning on renting a car.

As you can see i'm not doing a lot of inter-city traveling, you can sum it in Zurich - Lucerne - Milano, therefore i'm not sure how the Travel Pass will save me money, on the contrary it can just cost me more then i would pay without it. In addition i'm not interested in the Museums free admission i will get with it, and since i'm not doing any special Round Trip to Mt. Pilatus it won't save me in that part too much either.

So if you were me, would you pay for some of the Passes or i will do better (and cheaper) without it?

Thank you!

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Sep 23, 2017 - 1:22 AM in reply to argamanza

Hi argamanza, and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

My bet is that you would find a Swiss Travel Pass or a Swiss Half-fare Card of marginal value. For example if you buy a Swiss Half-fare Card you have to spend at least CHF240 on full-fare tickets just to break even.

The only way you can be sure is to use the Swiss Timetable ( metable) to figure out full fare costs for your trips and compare that to the costs if you bought and used a pass.

You can get a direct train from Luzern Airport to Luzern. No need for bus (unless you are staying out of the city centre in Luzern).

4957 posts
Sep 23, 2017 - 5:14 AM in reply to argamanza

Forgot to mention that when looking at the timetable the first price you may see offered is "from CHFnn. mm". Please note that this is the price assuming you have a Half-Fare card. You need to double that to arrive at the full-fare cost.

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Sep 23, 2017 - 6:51 AM

Hi Argamanza,

I agree with Rockoyster. You won't be 100% sure until you do the math, but regular tickets could make sense here, or at best a Tell-Pass: llpasswinter

You can search for tickets to Milan here: aintickets/italy

Last modified on Sep 23, 2017 - 6:51 AM by Arno
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new member
Sep 23, 2017 - 9:05 PM

Thank you, that's what i thought.

I'll do the math to make sure.

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