Swiss Travel Pass Flex ~ 1st Class or 2nd Class?

Swiss Travel Pass Flex ~ 1st Class or 2nd Class?

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cecily113
cecily113
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Jun 24, 2017 - 3:24 PM

Dear all

1. I am going to buy Swiss Travel Pass Flex 15 days for our trip in Summer. I shall travel with my son who is 8 years old. It's because only two of us for the whole trip, Is 1st class more safe? or 2nd class already very ok in terms of safety?

2. If I have the 2nd class pass, when I upgrade the Golden Pass Line to 1st Class, is my son who have family card also entitled to 1st class without paying the upgrade charge?

Thank you!!

Arno
Arno
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Jun 24, 2017 - 3:28 PM

Hi Cecily113,

1. There's no difference safety wise. First class is more comfortable than second though: myswissalps.com/train/ practical/2nd1stclass.

2. Yes, he will travel along for free in any class. No upgrade required for him.

Point of sale can be found here: myswissalps.com/swisst ravelpassflex/price

Enjoy your trips!

Last modified on Jun 24, 2017 - 4:42 PM by Annika
cecily113
cecily113
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Jun 24, 2017 - 3:35 PM in reply to Arno

Hi Arno

Thank you for your prompt reply! I can't find the upgrade charge at SBB website when I input the exact date of travel. Any tricky here?

Besides, I sent an enquiry to SBB 5 days ago regarding the closing time of specific station's luggage department, still no reply yet. Do you have any idea how to check the info and contact email so that I can ask directly?

Thank you!!

Arno
Arno
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Jun 24, 2017 - 4:13 PM

You're welcome!

The upgrade for the Zweisimmen - Montreux leg costs CHF 12.50. It's the same price on any date. Note that SBB does not operate the Golden Pass line. Which station are you interested in?

cecily113
cecily113
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Jun 27, 2017 - 12:12 AM in reply to Arno

Dear Arno

Thank you for your information! CHF12.5 is good deal compare with the difference between 1st and 2nd class travel pass. I shall upgrade either Zweisimmen > Montbovon or Montbovon > Montreux. Do you recommend upgrade for Classic train or Panoramic train? Which route do you think its worth for upgrade? If SBB does not operate Golden Pass Line, this is still free of charge by using Swiss Travel Pass Flex, right? Thank you.

Arno
Arno
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Jun 27, 2017 - 9:53 AM in reply to cecily113

Hi Cecily113,

Yes, this ride is still free. There are many train operators in Switzerland. All that matters is the map. If the route is a solid or dashed line on the map, it is free. A dotted line is discounted.

The Classic and Panoramic train are both very nice in their own way. I would pick the one that suited my plans time wise. Both segments are worth it, but Montbovon to Montreux includes the curvy descend down to Lake Geneva which is quite special.

cecily113
cecily113
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Jun 27, 2017 - 4:36 PM in reply to Arno

Dear Arno

Thanks for your info!! Actually I will take both routes, just not sure upgrade which route would be better or maybe upgrade both?

Just to ensure that I can buy Half Fare Card in Luzern station right? I find the card is not a printed version by home computer so I don't understand why a photocopy can be as back up?

Arno
Arno
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Jun 27, 2017 - 5:47 PM

Hi Cecily113,

Which route to upgrade is up to you I'm afraid :-)

You can print the Swiss Half Fare Card at home by going to www.swissrailways.com/ en. Click to the Swiss Half Fare Card and select the start date and number of passengers. After filling out your address, they will show the delivery options. Pick "Online Ticket" from the bottom of the list. They will e-mail the card within 1-3 business days (often less than one day), so you can print it at home. This is the best way as you can skip the staffed ticket office in Luzern, and you will have a backup to print again if needed. A photocopy of a card is not a valid travel document.

Last modified on Jun 27, 2017 - 5:48 PM by Arno

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