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Jun 18, 2018 - 11:41 AM


We are 4 adults and 1 child. We are flying in and out of Zurich from Berlin, Germany.

This is our plan:

Day 1: Morning arrive Zurich and transfer to Lucerne. What should we do here? We will be having half a day.

I was thinking of Pilatus, but we are doing Mt. Titlis also (see day 2).

Day 2: Mt. Titlis

(For day 1 and 2, we will stay in Lucerne)

Day 3: Go to Interlaken and do Jungfrau.

Day 4: Go to Schilthorn.

(For day 3 and day 4 we are planning to stay at Grindelwald, but should we stay in some other place where we can use our Swiss travel passes). We would like to avoid staying in Interlaken but somewhere near so as to easily visit these places.

Day 5: Go to Rhinefalls via Zurich. Late night, leave from Zurich.

Queries :

1. Please let me know if this plan can be achieved.

2. I did not see a choice for 5 day Swiss travel pass. So how can i purchase the tickets for 5 days ? Or do i have to purchase 4 day Swiss Travel Pass + 1 day Zurich Pass?

3. Should i buy the excursion tickets before had or on the same day at the location?

4. We would definitely like to see Mt.Titlis, Jungfrau and Schilthorn. But can we squeeze in a boat ride somewhere?

5. Would Swiss Travel Pass work for Rhine falls and travelling inside Zurich as well?

6. We plan to take 4 Swiss Travel Passes, is that enough? What exactly would be needed for the child (3 yr old)

Kindly share your thoughts.

Thanks in Advance!

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Jun 18, 2018 - 5:06 PM in reply to SMGuitarist

Hi SMGuitarist and welcome to MySwissAlps!

  1. Yes, very doable. Use the Swiss railways timetable to confirm travel times: https://www.myswissalp s.com/timetable
  2. Correct, 3 or 4 or 8 days are your options. You can either buy point to point tickets on Day 1 or 5 or a Saver Day Pass instead: https://www.myswissalp s.com/onedaytravelpass /details
  3. Either is fine. Be sure that you are getting the Swiss Travel Pass discount when available. IE you can buy tickets to Jungfraujoch here with the discount applied. https://www.myswissalp s.com/jungfraujoch/pac kages but do be careful about locking yourself into travel to a mountain on one particular day (if the weather is bad you won't love the views at the top). But some people like the trip regardless and go anyway.
  4. Yes, Lake Lucerne looks like it would work on day 1: https://www.myswissalp s.com/boatlakelucerne
  5. Yes. See where the Swiss Travel Pass is valid here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/swisstravelpass/ validity
  6. The 3 year old needs no ticket or rail pass - 5 and under travel free
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new member
Jun 19, 2018 - 9:22 AM

Thank you so much for the reply.

My only confusion right now is whether to buy the tickets for the below now only or can it be done at the location?

1. Interlaken to Kleine Scheidegg via Lauterbrunnen; Interlaken to Kleine Scheidegg via Grindelwald; - I believe these are covered in the swiss pass. Finally the cogwheel train to Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch (Tickets need to be bought for this)

2. Boat ride at lake lucerne - Includes in swiss pass.

3. Journey to Schilthorn - Also includes for swiss pass holder

4. Journey to Mt.Titlis: Cable car from Engelberg to Mount Titlis - Tickets need to be bought.

If I plan to buy tickets at the location itself (i.e at Kleine Scheidegg and at Engelberg) , can i avail the 50% discount there (as i would like to keep the sightseeing days and location flexible) ?

(I mean, do they provide 50% discount even at the location or only for online bookings?)

Thanks in Advance.

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new member
Jun 19, 2018 - 9:34 AM

Also, i know that the trains journeys are free but would we need to do a pre-reservation as we have a child?

I did not find such an option in SBB website (for only reservation).

10496 posts
top member
Jun 19, 2018 - 6:23 PM in reply to SMGuitarist

Tickets need to be bought for the trip to Jungfraujoch from either Wengen or Grindelwald to Jungfraujoch (not from Kleine Scheidegg). Tickets are 25% off with your Swiss Travel Pass https://www.myswissalp s.com/swisstravelpass/ validity.

If you prefer to buy at the location, this is fine and just show your Swiss Travel Pass to get applicable discount.

Reservations for trains are extremely rare in Switzerland. You only need to make reservations for the panoramic express trains: https://www.myswissalp s.com/activities/sceni ctrips/train

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