Sep 11, 2012 - 12:39 PM
The following is what I thought may work best and most economical for us. I appreciate any input you can give me.
6 of us traveling to Zurich 4 arriving on October 5, 2 arriving on Oct 6, 2012. All will have the buy one get one Swiss Pass $260 USD. So for those arriving on the 5th would have 4 consecutive days, Oct 5, 6, 7, 8 totally covered. The 2 arriving on the 6th would go until the 9th covered. Then thinking of purchasing 2 buy one get one 4 day Swiss Flex Pass cost of $298 USD. There would be 4 of us using those. 2 would activate on Oct 9 and 2 would activate on Oct 10. (My understanding is that we would have up to 1 month to use these with 4 full days of travel and all the rest would be 50% last day of trip would need to be a full day). Now on Oct 12 3 of us will head to Austria so that would be a 50% day as far as Feilkrich then on the 16th we will head to Milan and use 50% if we go at all via Switzerland then on Oct 18 we will head to Zurich from Milan so that would be our final full fare as far as passes in Switzerland. I understand we will have to pay for the Austria/Italy sections. (Is it ok for just one to travel on the buy one get one as long as they hold the pass and travel with other 2). Now you notice that 1 of the 4 of us will not head to Austria, she will head on her own to Italy, so for the Oct 9, 10, 11 we would all travel exactly the same, but the separate on the 12th. Can she buy her fares from Switzerland to Italy and then join back up with us to use the final day from Milan to Zurich.
In case you are wondering the 2 missing travelers are leaving our group and heading to Italy on Wed Oct 10. So they would start with the 4 day Swiss Pass and then purchase day tickets for 2 days.
Does all this make sense to you. I just want to get it all taken care of and would like to do it the easiest possible way. Again you have been so helpful and I so appreciate it.
Lastly can we buy both the Swiss Pass and Swiss Saver Pass at the same time and then arrive Zurich and validate just the Swiss Pass, then on October 9th have validated at what ever station we depart from, which will most likely be Brienz as that is the area we are staying.