Apr 16, 2010 - 2:00 AM
Is your Eurail Saver Pass valid on all days? Or do you have a Flexi variant of the pass
with a limited number of traveling days? If it's valid on all days, most train trips are already included, and some mountains trains and lifts are discounted. You wouldn't need a Swiss Saver Pass or Swiss Saver Flexi Pass in that case.
Assuming that your Eurail Pass will only be used for the inbound and outbound trip to Switzerland, a Swiss Saver Pass
is the most convenient option. It is indeed a single pass which is valid for the four of you. You can just board any regular train, bus or boat without the need for any further tickets. Mountain transportation (funiculars, lifts, cog trains, etc.) is discounted, so you do need to purchase tickets in those cases. The Swiss Saver Pass that would fit your trip is valid for 4 or 8 consecutive days. A 4-day pass would leave you with 3 days without free or discounted traveling.
A Swiss Saver Flexi Pass
includes free traveling for 3, 4, 5 or 6 non consecutive days within a maximum of one month. On those days, it works exactly as a Swiss Saver Pass. You get discounted traveling on the remaining days. It is important to know that its validity starts on the first day of free traveling and ends on the last day of free traveling. You could use that to your advantage and save two free Eurail days for the inbound and outbound trip, but it depends on where you would be traveling from/to if that's actually economical. An example: a 4 day Swiss Saver Flexi Pass could be used for a free travel day on Monday (e.g. inbound), Wednesday, Friday and Sunday (e.g. outbound). Discounted traveling would apply on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Some current prices per person and for 2nd class traveling:
- 4 day Swiss Saver Pass: CHF 221
- 8 day Swiss Saver Pass: CHF 320
- 4 day Swiss Saver Flexi Pass: CHF 257
Prices in your currency can be found through the ordering links on the respective pass web pages.
I hope this helps a bit. Feel free to post additional questions!
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:35 PM by Arno