Rail passes for Switzerland and Germany

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Apr 6, 2017 - 3:38 PM

I have been trying for days to figure this out. We arrive in Zurich on August 26th. We hope to start touring by the 28th. We will leave Switzerland about September 2 traveling to Germany. Touring Germany until Sept 9 then back to Zurich to fly out. If anyone has experience with touring two countries I would love to hear from you. The Swiss rail pass seems to be the best for Switzerland but the Euro pass would work for both countries. The Euro seems to require us to buy local city travel whereas the Swiss covers this.

any help would be appreciated

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Apr 6, 2017 - 3:49 PM

Thanks for joining us Pat127!

This really depends on the details of your trip: which day trips do you plan to do in both Switzerland and Germany? How many and how long are the train trips in Germany? Once you have listed that, you can compare passes as explained on this page.

Indeed the Eurail Select Pass is cheaper and covers less. But perhaps it fits your plans nevertheless. Many Swiss towns are walkable so no transport needed within town, but you may need cableways, boat trips, museum entrance, etc. If so, the Swiss Travel Pass saves money. You'll find details here:

Note that many people choose a rail pass for Switzerland plus point to point tickets for trips outside of Switzerland. That might work for you too.

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Apr 6, 2017 - 6:59 PM in reply to Arno

Thank you for the answer. this is our first time in Europe and feeling a little overwhelmed. It looks like your suggestion of the Eurorail would be best.


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