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shell
shell
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May 1, 2017 - 12:32 PM

Hi, would love some input as I am going around in circles? We have a month of European travel with some time in Switzerland and can't work out which travel pass is the best option. Planning on 2nd class travel.

We will have 4-5 weeks in Lausanne with some local travel by trains/boats so thinking of getting a half fare card for this time?

We then have 2 weeks in Italy before returning to Switzerland as follows and thinking of a swiss travel pass flex for 4 days and using it day 1, 2, 3 & 6 and maybe a half fare card for days 4 & 5?

Day 1 Milan to Zermatt

Day 2 Glacier Express Zermatt to St Moritz

Day 3 St Moritz to Locarno (Bernina Express to Lugano then local/regional trains OR all regional trains for entire trip - trying to work out if the number of train changes are too difficult with 2nd option)

Day 4 Local trips around Locarno using boats/trains

Day 5 Local trips around Locarno on bus to Sonogno

Day 6 Locarno to Zurich to fly out to Prague then travel onwards through to Krakow, Vienna, Budapest over the following 2 weeks.

thanks for any advice as to swiss travel pass based on above plans.

kind regards

Michelle

Lucas
Lucas
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May 1, 2017 - 2:03 PM in reply to shell

Hi Michelle and welcome to MySwissAlps!

So is that 4-5 weeks in Lausanne or days?

Note that the Swiss Travel Pass Flex is expensive and buying an
additional Swiss Half Fare Card usually requires a long holiday to make that
combination worth it. In this case one 8-day Swiss Travel Pass would be
cheaper and simpler. CHF 418 (Flex 4 days + SHFC) vs CHF 376 (STP 8
days).

Lucas

Last modified on May 3, 2017 - 8:10 AM by Lucas
shell
shell
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May 17, 2017 - 11:17 AM

Hi Lucas,

it is likely all of July and first week of August in Lausanne (my husband will be working there), then 2 weeks in Italy before returning to Switzerland; as follows

Day 1 Milan to Zermatt

Day 2 Glacier Express Zermatt to St Moritz

Day 3 St Moritz to Locarno (Bernina Express to Lugano then local/regional trains OR all regional trains for entire trip - trying to work out if the number of train changes are too difficult with 2nd option)

Day 4 Local trips around Locarno using boats/trains

Day 5 Local trips around Locarno on bus to Sonogno

Day 6 Locarno to Zurich to fly out to Prague then travel onwards through to Krakow, Vienna, Budapest over the following 2 weeks.

. Hence thinking the Half Fare card for at least July but then possibly half fare card again as an 8 day pass would only be used for 6 days, the flex card seems too expensive. The other thought was 3 day Swiss Travel for days 1-3 and just pay full price for Locarno to Zurich & bus in Sonogno. I have discovered the boats on the lake at Locarno aren't covered as they are mainly considered to be in Italy.

any advice appreciated,

thanks

Arno
Arno
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May 17, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Hi Michelle,

I agree that the Swiss Half Fare Card seems to be a good option for the first month. You can buy an some additional 1-day travel passes if you think you will make some very long trips during that time.

For the last 6 days you will have to do the math to be sure. The same approach may work, but using an 8-day Swiss Travel Pass for 6 days can still be economical. Many people do not use all days on the pass.

I recommend the Bernina Express train and bus combination on day 3. Alternatively you can take a regional Italian train from Tirano to Milan/Monza and switch for Lugano there. But that's another route (less scenic as far as I know), with one more train change, and it won't be covered by any of the Swiss rail passes (apart from the last leg within Switzerland).

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