Rail pass for 2 days Zurich/Lucerne or rent a car?

Rail pass for 2 days Zurich/Lucerne or rent a car?

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Wati67
Wati67
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Oct 12, 2017 - 11:53 PM

Hi my husband and I will be traveling to Switzerland from 19/10 to 28/10. We bought the 8 days Swiss travel pass starting from arrival day n will end on 26/10. We still have 2 more days and will be at Lucerne and Zurich respectively. We will be doing a day trip to Bern while in Lucerne. What is the best and most cost effective pass that we should get for the 2 days? Or will driving be a good alternative?
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Wati

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Lucas
Lucas
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Oct 13, 2017 - 9:27 AM in reply to Wati67

Hi wati67,
If your only plan is to travel to Bern from Lucerne and then take a train to Zurich I don't think any rail pass would be worthwhile. Renting a car would certainly be an expensive option.

I would just buy a point to point train ticket for those two trips. You can buy them online or at the train station.

Look for supersaver tickets as well with the timetable (shown with a % sign). You can't get refunds if you miss the specific train but they can be quite cheap when available.

Wati67
Wati67
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Oct 14, 2017 - 6:41 AM in reply to Lucas

Thanks for the reply. But I find the point to point tickets are quite expensive. From lucerne to Bern and back to Lucerne for 2 of us can cost up to CHF 180 with the city to city tickets and super saver is not available. And this haven’t include train from Lucerne to Zurich yet and we are carrying our luggages with us. That’s why I thought if we were to rent car for the 2 days wouldn’t it be better? On 28/10 we are going Zurich for day trip as our flight is at night 2215 hrs. What can you advise ?

Arno
Arno
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Oct 14, 2017 - 3:15 PM in reply to Wati67

Hi Wati67,

The tickets cost CHF 72 per person without any discounts. I found plenty of Supersaver tickets for the 27th ad 28th in the timetable. You will have to click quite a lot to get to them, but they are there (perhaps not for your preferred time though).

Personally I would not drive, especially not to a city like Bern. The train is much more comfortable. No parking hassle and costs.

Wati67
Wati67
6 posts
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Oct 15, 2017 - 12:30 AM in reply to Arno

Thanks for your reply. Yes I’ve found some Super saver tickets for the 2 days and I agree train would be a better choice. However does this single train tickets cover trams or buses as well ? Or do we have to buy separate tickets for trams?

Arno
Arno
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Oct 15, 2017 - 7:29 AM in reply to Wati67

You're welcome! The tickets cover the trains only. The city center of Bern is easy to explore on foot. Unless you can't walk much, that's what I would recommend. If you do need a public transport ticket you can buy it on the spot. The same applies to Lucerne.

Last modified on Oct 15, 2017 - 7:29 AM by Arno
Wati67
Wati67
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Oct 15, 2017 - 8:43 AM in reply to Arno

Thank you for the help. Looking forward for this coming trip.

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