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new member
Jun 9, 2016 - 8:27 AM

Hi All,

I'll be travelling with my husband and spending about a week each in Switzerland and Italy.

Please help us recommend which is the best or most economical pass to get for our visit to Switzerland.

28 July - Travel from Zurich Airport to Lucern (3 nights)

31 July - Travel from Lucern to Lauterbrunnen (3 nights)

3 Aug - Travel from Lauterbrunnen to Milan (3 nights)

6 Aug - Travel from Milan to Rome (3 nights)

We would like to see the famous Swiss Alps. We are interested to hike, take the cable car/mountain lifts etc, visit other smaller villages like Grindelwald and if the weather permits, a trip to Jungfraujoch as well.

Thank you so much!

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expert &
Jun 9, 2016 - 8:50 AM

Welcome to MySwissAlps!

An 8-day Swiss Travel Pass would work really well. A Swiss Half Fare Card is an alternative to consider if you don't mind you have to buy tickets for each trip. Please see the below pages for videos about the passes, further details, and how to choose between both options:

In Italy you will most likely need point to point tickets, and possibly city passes (I don't know about those): myswissalps.com/ traintickets/italy.

Does this help to make a choice?

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new member
Jun 10, 2016 - 7:06 AM in reply to Arno

Hi Arno,

Thanks for the recommendation. Looks like an 8-day Swiss Travel Pass is a suitable choice to save the hassle of purchasing tickets for each trip. Should we purchase it online or once we arrive Zurich Airport? Is there a price difference?

Since the Swiss Travel Pass includes free transportation for buses, trains and boats, does this mean that even with the different train lines/buses companies/boats companies ( www.luzern.com/en/publ ic-transportation), it's still free? Just would like to confirm!

Also, I'm a bit confused on how to calculate the fares from Lauterbrunnen to Jungfraujoch. Is it more economical to go to Grindelwald - Jungfraujoch or Interlaken - Jungfraujoch? This is assuming that I have the Swiss Travel Pass.

Thank you!

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expert &
Jun 10, 2016 - 7:34 AM in reply to farragoo

Hi farragoo,

If you click to the Price tab in the first link Arno gave you, you will see an overview of all purchase options. As you can see there's no price difference between online and local purchase. But buying online makes sense. It's easy and it saves you the time of going to a ticket office, possibly waiting in line, and waiting for the passes to be issued. Just print your pass at home and you can board your first train straight upon arrival. Here's how to do it: visit www.swissrailways.com/ en. After filling out your address, they will show the delivery options. Pick "Online Ticket" from the bottom of the list. They will e-mail the pass within 3 business days (no delivery fees), so you can print it at home.

You don't have to worry about transportation companies. If you visit Arno's link, then click "Where it's valid", you can download a map with all covered routes and towns. If a route is covered, any train is covered. Train types and companies are not relevant. All buses and trams in Lucerne are covered.

The shortest and cheapest route from Lauterbrunnen to Jungfraujoch is through Wengen. There is no need to travel back to Interlaken. A round trip via Grindelwald would be nice though, but you can also include the Kleine Scheidegg - Grindelwald section on another day. All details are on the Jungfraujoch page.

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