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Jul 10, 2022 - 2:39 PM

Hi everyone,

if I am traveling to Swiss from Italy as per below itinerary:

1- from Milan to Lugano by train.

2- from Lugano to Lucerne via Gotthard panorama express route.

3- from Lucerne to Basel by train.

4- from Basel to Paris via TGV high speed train.

Those are all the trains we are going to use during our stay in Swiss and we are a family (my wife, myself and 2 kids 13 and 9 years old)

question is :

is it deserved to get Swiss family pass for those train trips?, can we use Swiss pass in the TGV high speed train from Basel to Paris? and you have any other tips or comments on that to add?

thanks in advance :)

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expert &
Jul 10, 2022 - 3:18 PM in reply to Ghandr

Hello Ghandr!

The Swiss Family Card is available as a free add-on to the Swiss Travel Pass, Swiss Travel Pass Flex or Swiss Half Fare Card: see https://www.myswissalps.com/swissfamilycard. So the adults would have to use one of those 3 passes to get the Swiss Family Card.

Whether a pass is worth it, and which one, depends on the rest of your plans. Will you be making day trips from Lugano and Lucerne? If so: yes, you'll surely save money with a pass. If your plans are more or less the similar to the ones described in your previous thread (www.myswissalps.com/forum/topic/suggestions-to-spend-one-day-from-lucerne-base), a 3-day Swiss Travel Pass or a Swiss Half Fare Card makes sense.

If you want to make sure what's most economical, you should list all of your plans and start calculating: https://www.myswissalps.com/train/ticketspasses/practical/chooserailpass.

The Swiss Travel Pass is valid in Switzerland only: https://www.myswissalps.com/swisstravelpass/validity. You'll need additional tickets for Basel-Paris: https://www.myswissalps.com/swisstravelpass/validity.

Does this help you out?

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new member
Jul 10, 2022 - 3:23 PM in reply to Arno

Many thanks Arno for the reply,

This time I will be with family and I will not have any other tours or trip via train rather than what I described in the first post today!

that’s why I asked if it worth or not ?

many thanks again for your usual fruitful comments

15694 posts
expert &
Jul 12, 2022 - 9:34 AM in reply to Ghandr

I see Gandhr. If those are the only trips, the below combination is probably best. You can use the calculation method I linked in my previous answer to check if this is indeed most economical for you:

  1. Milan-Lugano: normal tickets: https://www.myswissalps.com/traintickets/italy
  2. Lugano-Lucerne:
    1. Saver Day Passes for the adults: https://www.myswissalps.com/saverdaypass. If bought well in advance, a Saver Day Pass can be cheaper than a normal train ticket: https://www.myswissalps.com/saverdaypass/price.
    2. You can get Junior Travelcards for the children: www.myswissalps.com/juniortravelcard.
    3. If you plan to use the Gotthard Panorama Express, you'll need additional seat reservations and upgrade tickets for 1st class (assuming you have 2nd class Saver Day Passes): https://www.myswissalps.com/gotthardpanoramaexpress. If you take regular trains, no additional costs are involved. The differences are explained at https://www.myswissalps.com/gotthardpanoramaexpress
  3. Lucerne-Basel: normal tickets or, if available, Supersaver tickets: www.myswissalps.com/traintickets/switzerland. The Junior Travelcard for the children will still be valid.
  4. Basel-Paris: normal tickets: www.myswissalps.com/traintickets/france

Does that help you out?

Last modified on Jul 12, 2022 - 9:35 AM by Arno


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