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Oct 12, 2019 - 10:45 PM

Finding the Swiss travel pass to be pretty expensive! What is best option if I am traveling from Geneva airport to Zermatt on Dec.12 , where we will ski for 5 days and then depart to Chamonix, France on Dec. 17 and ski there for 5 days.

Point to point? Although I can’t find Chamonix as a final destination to plug in point to point on this site? Might do a couple of small side trips but not enough to warrant the cost of 8 day rail pass I think? And admittedly can’t quite figure out the flex pass. Thanks

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Oct 13, 2019 - 2:59 PM

Hello Gcat,

Welcome to MySwissAlps!

Since you will be spending your 5 days in Switzerland skiing, it does not make any sense economically to purchase the Swiss Travel Pass.

The Swiss Travel Pass Flex is different pass from Swiss Travel Pass. The main difference from the Swiss Travel Pass Flex is you pick the days you want to travel. The Swiss Travel Pass is consecutive travel days. Here is a detailed info link of the Swiss Travel Pass Flex:

www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpassflex

With the Swiss Travel Pass Flex, it will allow you to cross the border to travel to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (France).

I hope that clears it up!

Best regards,


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Oct 13, 2019 - 11:13 PM

I think you are not gong to find anything better than point to point as is usually the case with trips for ski-ing.

Can't really be definitive unless I have an idea of your proposed 'side trips'

Chamonix is in France so the train journey involves the French-Swiss joint venture Mont Blanc Express from Martigny to Chamonix.

Unfortunately not every holiday journey can be discounted however much we all might like it to be so.

Last modified on Oct 13, 2019 - 11:14 PM by 1960man
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Oct 14, 2019 - 5:04 AM in reply to Gcat

Hi Gcat!

If you want to be absolutely sure which rail pass or ticket combination is best, you should calculate your options as explained at www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass. One option to consider would be getting a Swiss Half Fare Card, providing a 50% discount on all of your trips, including the Swiss leg of your trip to Chamonix (as far as Le Châtelard): www.myswissalps.com/sw isshalffarecard. Mountain railways and cable cars in the Zermatt area are included too: www.myswissalps.com/sw isshalffarecard/validi ty. Additional discounted Saver Day Passes may help to save money for the longer and more expensive transfers such as Geneva-Zermatt. If bought well in advance, Saver Day Passes can be cheaper than regular discounted tickets: www.myswissalps.com/sa verdaypass.

Saver Day Passes for your inbound and outbound trip, combined with a ski pass for Zermatt, may work too: www.matterhornparadise .ch/en/Book/Online-tickets.

By the way, if you use the advanced SBB timetable at the right of www.myswissalps.com/ti metable, you should be able to find all connections to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Does that work for you? Prices may not be available for the full route, as part of is in France. The SBB therefore depend on the French railways for complete and up to date price information.

Last modified on Oct 14, 2019 - 5:04 AM by Annika

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