How to use Swiss Travel Pass, reservations needed?

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May 24, 2017 - 5:37 PM

Good day all. I would like to just make a couple clarifications and request advice for our upcoming trip to Switzerland June 15th-20th. We are a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 teens, and have purchased our Swiss Travel Passes. We were able to take advantage of the recent special and purchased the 4+1 day for our trip. Here is how our main travel looks a this point;

1. Travel from Paris to Basel early am on June 15th. Once we arrive in Basel we plan on exploring for 2-3 hours and than purchasing tickets to Luzern at the counter and arrive in Luzern early afternoon.

2. Once in Luzern we plan on having our Swiss Travel Passes start on June 16th and will use them to explore Pilatus, Rigi and possibly Titlus We will be leaving Luzern on the morning of June 18th and plan for travel to Interlaken.

3. We will spend June 18th and 19th in Interlaken and plan on exploring Harder Kulm, Jungfraujoch and possibly Schynige Platte if time allows

4. We plan on leaving Interlaken early am on June 20th for travel to the Geneva Airport to fly out later that afternoon.

I believe that starting on June 16th our Swiss travel passes; including the family pass, will cover the majority of our travel cost. We are planning for additional cost at Titlus and Jungfraujoch for the adults. My biggest question/concerns are do we need to make any seat reservations for the above routes/plans or will we be safe to simply show up at the rail stations and board with our Swiss Travel passes and passports in hand? Does the above plan sound appropriate and good use of our time and money utilizing our Swiss Travel Passes??

Thank you for any advice and help :)

Charles B.

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May 25, 2017 - 1:50 PM

Hi Charles B.!

This all sounds like a good plan. Yes, you'll be making good use of your Swiss Travel Passes if you intend to visit Pilatus, Rigi and Schynige Platte; all of them are fully covered. Additional costs are indeed involved for Titlis and Jungfraujoch, that's correct. In case of bad weather the Swiss Travel Pass allows great flexibility; you can easily travel to other areas with better weather, visit museums or make boat trips as you like.

No, seat reservations aren't necessary. You can just board with your Swiss Travel Pass and (if needed, e.g. in case of the Jungfraujoch) additional tickets. That's all. In case you'd like to use the Golden Pass train on your way from Interlaken to Geneva Airport: seat reservations are optional here. Please refer to your previous topic too.

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