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Jul 10, 2022 - 3:09 PM

My husband and I will be staying in a Lucerne for a month beginning on 08/01. I'm planning to buy a 15 day Swiss Flex Pass so we can see as much of Switzerland as possible. I just have a few questions:

1) Is there any advantage to buying a half fare pass in addition to the flex pass, or are most of the associated discounts included with the flex pass.

2) We will be traveling from Lucerne to Lyon, France on 08/30. What is the best itinerary for getting from Lucerne to Lyon? Should I buy a Point to Point pass or can the flex pass be used?

3) Do you suggest buying the flex pass from the train station when we get to Lucerne or should I purchase prior to arrival?

4) Can I purchase point to point tickets at the airport in Zurich to get to Lucerne when we arrive?

Thanks so much for your help. I fell in love with Switzerland after a brief visit on a tour and can't wait to get back to Lucerne. I am a travel agent so I want to explore as much as I can while I am there.

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Jul 10, 2022 - 3:32 PM in reply to Shar

Hello Shar, great that you get to stay in Lucerne for a while! You can find activity suggestions at https://www.myswissalps.com/lucerne and https://www.myswissalps.com/lucerne/activities.

As for your questions:

1. The Swiss Travel Pass Flex covers a lot. You can check its validity in detail here: https://www.myswissalps.com/swisstravelpassflex/validity. An additional Swiss Half Fare Card (https://www.myswissalps.com/swisshalffarecard) isn't helpful for the travel days of your Swiss Travel Pass Flex. But it can be useful if you want to make trips on non-travel days, because the Swiss Travel Pass Flex doesn't offer any discounts on those days: https://www.myswissalps.com/swisstravelpassflex.

So you can best list the trips you'd like to make on non-travel days. If their normal, non-discounted prices add up to CHF 240 (2nd class, per person) you'll reach the break-even point. This page explains how to find standard prices: https://www.myswissalps.com/timetable. More calculation tips are here: https://www.myswissalps.com/train/ticketspasses/practical/chooserailpass.

2. You can travel to Lyon via Bern and Geneva. You'll find details in the timetable I linked to. Your Swiss Travel Pass Flex covers the ride up to Geneva. You'll need additional tickets for Geneva-Lyon: https://www.myswissalps.com/traintickets/france.

3. It's better to purchase your Swiss Travel Pass Flex in advance. The reasons are explained here www.myswissalps.com/train/ticketspasses/practical/wheretobuy. You'll find trusted resellers at www.myswissalps.com/swisstravelpassflex/price.

4. Yes, that's no problem. You can learn more about point-to-point tickets here: https://www.myswissalps.com/traintickets/switzerland.

I hope this answers your questions!

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new member
Jul 10, 2022 - 5:54 PM in reply to Arno

Thanks so much for your quick response. This information is perfect. Looking forward to our visit.

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Jul 10, 2022 - 9:10 PM in reply to Shar

There is a direct Inter Regio express (route IR15) train every hour (on the hour from 06.00) from Luzern to Geneva via Sursee, Bern and Lausanne. At Geneve, change to the French sector (platform 7/8) and take one of the regular (2 hourly, 1 hourly at peak times) SNCF trains Geneve - Lyon

I used both services last month - see my pictures: 8276 is my Lyon - Geneva train on arrival at Geneve platform 8; 9883 is a Luzern train in the suburbs of Geneva

Last modified on Jul 10, 2022 - 9:14 PM by 1960man
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Jul 10, 2022 - 10:53 PM in reply to 1960man

Awesome. Thank you.


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