Which rail pass for 4 days Interlaken, then Basel

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Feb 27, 2018 - 5:20 AM

Here's our possible travel pattern for two families (2 adults, 3 kids aged 15, 15 and 9) and (2 adults, 2 kids, 15 and 9)

day 1 - Paris to interlaken

day 2 - interlaken to jungfraujoch

day 3 - interlaken to geneva and back or Mt. titlis

day 4 - interlaken to lucerne to basel

what travel pass should we get?

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Feb 27, 2018 - 6:20 AM in reply to dadofThree

Hello dadofThree,

No easy answer Dad. You need to do some homework.

A clearly mapped out itinerary is the basis for deciding which pass (if any) suits. Based on your itinerary you need to do the sums based on the cost of all your planned trips on trains, boats, cable cars etc. You can use the Swiss Train Timetable (www.myswissalps.com/ti metable) to work out the fares for any trip. When you go to buy a ticket the fare you see on the right hand side of the page will normally be the half-fare price. Double it to get full fare. With A Swiss Travel Pass it is free provided it is shown as free on the Area of Validity map ( PDF downloadable from www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass/validity).

You should read “How to choose the best travel pass” (www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass).

The Swiss Travel Pass or the Swiss Half Fare Card both have the added advantage of being able to get a Swiss Family Card (www.myswissalps.com/sw issfamilycard) for free. Your "Three" will be able to travel free. Any the Swiss Travel Pass will cover you once you reach the the Swiss border from Paris (presumably in your case Basel?).

With an STP the cable car from Engelberg is 50% discount. Jungfraujoch is 25% off above Wengen or Grindelwald (the red dotted lines with the ① notation next to them on the validity map shown above).

I don't know where you are going after Basel but a Eurail Pass may work if you are doing more travel in France. It just won't help up in the Swiss Alps off the main rail routes.

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Mar 5, 2018 - 9:20 PM in reply to rockoyster

Thank you. the itinerary that i have pasted is the one i have in mind. Post day 4 we will fly out of Basel. Let me figure out the sum of cost of travel for these locations as you suggested.

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