3 Saver Day Passes or a 3 day Swiss Travel Pass

3 Saver Day Passes or a 3 day Swiss Travel Pass

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Rakeshrup
Rakeshrup
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Jun 21, 2018 - 9:09 AM

Hi

I am travelling to Switzerland in August 2018 with my wife. I would be in Luzern from 25th Aug to 28th Aug. After going thru the web sites and forum, I have decided to buy 2 nos. 3 day rail pass. On the last day, it is just travel to Zurich so I would buy train tickets at 15 CHF per person.

Can someone tell me the best site to buy Swiss rail pass for 3 days with best discount.

I read in forum today that:

If you stay 3 days or longer, a rail pass often works better than day passes. For example, 3 Saver Day Passes would cost you CHF 156, if you manage to buy them well in advance. With a 3-day Swiss Travel Pass of CHF 216 you will get the same benefits, plus discounts on mountain transport, plus free access to most museums, plus free traveling for your children. If you stay longer, rail passes become even more attractive.

But I cannot find Swiss rail pass in 156 CHF. Can someone guide please?

Regards

Rakesh

Lucas
Lucas
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Jun 21, 2018 - 3:58 PM in reply to Rakeshrup

Hi Rakesh and welcome to MySwissAlps!

The 156chf price is for three, 1 day Saver Day Passes (if you buy them far enough ahead - there fluctuate in price). https://www.myswissalp s.com/onedaytravelpass /details

I'd suggest you would be better off buying one, 3 day Swiss Travel Pass each, as there are more discounts to mountains and museums etc. You can buy it here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/swisstravelpass/ price

Arno
Arno
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Jun 21, 2018 - 5:24 PM

A Saver Day Pass won't get you to most of the mountains, so indeed the Swiss Travel Pass is the way to go in most cases. You can find discounts here: www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass/promotio ns.

manashpoddar
manashpoddar
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Jun 21, 2018 - 7:07 PM

I will visit switzerland for 5 days from 28th August. I plan to base myself at Frutigen and visit Schilthorn, Lucerne, Interlaken/Spiez/Thun area and also plan to take the Glacier express and Bernina express. I am in doubt, whether to go for a 4-day Swiss travel pass or Day Saver passes for 4 days. Please help. Also, it would be a great help if someone could spell out the major differences between the two vis a vis Network coverage.

Thanks in advance.

Lucas
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Jun 22, 2018 - 6:14 AM in reply to manashpoddar

Hi Manashpoddar,

Please click on the links from my post to Rakesh. You'll find details on each pass and links for PDF maps of their coverage areas.

To know which rail pass is the best for your specific itinerary you need to plan out all trips you will make (train, bus, boat, cable car) and compare the prices for regular tickets to the rail pass price (and which routes/mountains are free or discounted). Once you have that information you can read our page here on how to choose the best rail pass. There is a spreadsheet there to help with the math.
https://www.myswissalp s.com/train/ticketspas ses/practical/choosera ilpass

manashpoddar
manashpoddar
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Jun 22, 2018 - 5:23 PM in reply to Lucas

I learn that the Saver day pass is not refundable. But is the Swiss Travel Pass refundable?

Annika
Annika
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Jun 22, 2018 - 5:57 PM

Hi manashpoddar, the rules for refunds depend on the reseller you buy your pass from: https://www.myswissalp s.com/swisstravelpass/ price. Most allow at least a partial refund of 85% of the pass price. For a trip lasting 4-5 days, I'm pretty sure a Swiss Travel Pass is much more convenient than Saver Day Passes. Note that Saver Day Passes don't cover most of your mountain trips, whereas the Swiss Travel Pass does provide discounts. Schilthorn, which on your list too, is even entirely for free: https://www.myswissalp s.com/schilthorn/ticke ts, https://www.myswissalp s.com/swisstravelpass/ validity.

Last modified on Jun 22, 2018 - 6:12 PM by Arno
manashpoddar
manashpoddar
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Jun 23, 2018 - 2:35 AM in reply to Annika

Hi Annika ! Thanks a lot. I think I would go for the STP. As I wish to take the Glacier express and Bernina express, is it possible to buy reservations/supplements for these trains without first buying the STP?

Lucas
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Jun 23, 2018 - 6:16 AM in reply to manashpoddar

Hi Manash,

You don't need the Swiss Travel Pass before making reservations no.

https://www.myswissalp s.com/glacierexpress/p ackages
https://www.myswissalp s.com/berninaexpress/p ackages

Rakeshrup
Rakeshrup
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Jun 25, 2018 - 8:19 AM in reply to Lucas

Thanks Lucas for your reply.

I understand the difference.

I would buy one pass for each of us : 3 day consecutive swiss rail pass.

Thanks again.

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