Swiss Travel Pass vs Eurail Pass -Switzerland only

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dalej
dalej
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Aug 10, 2017 - 11:56 PM

HI,

My wife and I will be taking a Swiss only vacation, where we land on 06 September and depart 15 September. We will not need a train on 06 September in Zurich, nor on 15 September in Geneva. However, we do plan on utilizing trains, cogwheel trains and gondolas on the 8 consecutive days between 08 September through 14 September. We will spend one nights in Zurich, Lucenre, Interlaken, Zermatt and Geneva.We do not anticipate visiting museums or utilizing buses or boats. We want first class tickets for every train trip. We also would like to visit Mt Pilatus, Schilthorn and the Junfraujoch. My question is, do we need to purchase the more expensive Swiss Rail Pass, or could we get by with a 2 country Eurail pass?

Lucas
Lucas
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Aug 11, 2017 - 6:24 AM in reply to dalej

Hi dalej and welcome to MySwissAlps!

The method of transport isn't as important as the route you will be on. Typically I wouldn't recommend the Eurail Select Pass if you are not traveling in any other country other than Switzerland.

The Swiss Travel Pass offers better route coverage and discounts for travel in Switzerland. That being said, perhaps the Eurail Pass covers all your plans and could save you money on the purchase cost, but only if you limit the trips into the mountains.

The Swiss Travel Pass gets you better discounts (or fully covers the whole trip) to the mountain attractions you listed so you will probably your money back on those by buying the Swiss Travel Pass.

You can use an Excel sheet on our page: How to choose the best rail pass here. That will show you with certainty what is the best pass economically if you can plan all your trips you will make.

Lucas

dalej
dalej
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Aug 11, 2017 - 9:58 PM

Lucas, can you expand on your reply below? Thanks,

Dale

" but only if you limit the trips into the mountains."

Arno
Arno
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Aug 12, 2017 - 10:15 AM

Hi Dale,

What Lucas meant by that is explained in the paragraph following that quote. The Swiss Travel Pass costs more but also you will save more on most mountain trips. If you click to the first two links he gave you, you'll see that this applies to all mountain trips you mentioned too. The more mountain trips you add, the more likely it is that a Eurail pass will end up being more expensive.

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