May 21, 2010 - 9:23 AM
Hi Alvin, if you will be exploring Switzerland for 4 days (including your inbound and outbound trip) and intend to do quite some traveling, a 4 day Swiss Saver Pass may be convenient for you. With the Swiss Pass, most regular trains, buses and boats are for free, so you can board many of them without buying a ticket first. Mountain railways and cable cars do require you to purchase a (discounted) ticket before boarding. You could review the map on the Swiss Pass page I mentioned before: this shows exactly which parts are for free and which parts are discounted with a Swiss Pass. With the Swiss Card, you should indeed buy half fare tickets for all train, bus, boat and mountain transportation trips (except for your inbound and outbound journey, as these are for free). Once you have in mind what trips you will be making, you can calculate which pass is most economical following the instructions in our r ail FAQ. Prices of regular train and bus trips can be found in the online timetable.
If you'll be staying in Switzerland for 4 days, I'd recommend to choose two resorts at the most. You could spend a few nights in the Interlaken region for your trip to the Jungfraujoch and a few nights elsewhere, although the Interlaken region offers more than enough for a 4 day stay as well. You could visit the Jungfraujoch in one day and consider other interesting trips on the other days. Should you consider to spend some nights elsewhere, Lucerne and its surroundings would be a good choice. Lucerne is situated along the shores of an impressive lake and is close to famous viewing points such as Pilatus, Rigi and Titlis.
The Swiss Pass and Swiss Card aren't for sale in London or Paris. You can purchase the Swiss Pass and Swiss Card online in advance and have it delivered to your home address. Just get to the page of the pass and select your country of residence in the order options list. An advantage of an online purchase is that you'll already have your Swiss Pass/Swiss Card at hand during your inbound trip. You can start using it rightaway for the Swiss part of this trip, without having to get off the train to buy your pass. Swiss rail passes are also for sale at larger, manned railway stations in Switzerland.
Last modified on Nov 1, 2018 - 4:17 PM by Arno