Swiss pass or Interrail pass?

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Teng 72
Teng 72
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May 7, 2014 - 10:52 PM

Hey guys,

I will be traveling to Switzerland this June to visit my friends as well as having sometime to travel alone. However I will need some advice on selecting the passes. I realized that there are 2 different passes. The swiss pass which is relatively more expensive and the interail pass that is relatively cheaper.

My planned itinerary is

Day 1 Zurich
Day 3 Travel from zurich to Lucerne
Day 5 Travel from Lucerne to Interlaken
Day 6 Travel from Interlaken to Bern
Day 7 Travel from Bern to Montreux (subject to change)
Day 9 Travel from Montreux to Basel (subject to change)

Can somebody please advise me if I will be able to travel between these places with the inter rail pass? or do I need a swiss flex pass for this. I will also greatly appreciate if you are able to give me some suggestions on my itinerary! Thanks!

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May 8, 2014 - 9:06 AM

Hi Teng 72,

Welcome to the site! Well, there are a lot more passes than two, and you can find them here. InterRail is not included in that overview, but it's more or less similar to the Eurail Passes. The main difference is that Interrail is for European citizens and Eurail for anyone else.

When comparing the Swiss Pass to Interrail, the main difference is not in the train coverage. All your transfers are covered by both. The Swiss Pass includes much more discounts on mountain trips (cable cars, cogwheel trains, etc.), also includes buses and city transport, and free entrance to museums. That's why it's more expensive. The mountain trips are quite expensive, so it helps a lot to get a discount there. Once you have all the details of your trip, you can choose a pass as explained here. See the Swiss Pass page for what's included, how it works, prices and more. Be sure to take a look at the Swiss Peak Pass as well, as it offers free traveling to several mountains along your route: Brienzer Rothorn and Niesen near Interlaken and Rochers-de-Naye near Montreux.

Further information and hotel suggestions can be found on the pages of Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken, Bern, Montreux and Basel.

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Teng 72
Teng 72
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May 17, 2014 - 10:40 PM in reply to Annika

Hi! thanks for the reply! I will be sure the check them out :)

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