Mar 21, 2018 - 6:39 PM
I am normally a pretty good researcher when it comes to anything travel related but for some reason I am feeling super overwhelmed when figuring on the best way to approach booking train tickets for my travel in Switzerland (also will take the train on to Venice). I am all about getting the best deal but it seems like there a million different sites to book on (and all of these seem to have potential promotions going on at times so I don't really know if I'm getting the best deal).
Any who, I am traveling with 3 my mom, dad, and sister to Zurich in the beginning of June and we will immediately take the trip into Lucerne (I haven't worried about this leg of the trip too much as it seems fairly simple but I guess I should take it into consideration if we end up doing a Swiss Rail Pass as i assume it would cover this - but I assume we have to take some type of transportation from the airport to the train station?). We have a day and a half in Lucerne and we aren't set on plans but are thinking about doing the Golden Round Trip at Pilatus - Would this be covered with the Swiss Pass?
Then from there we are taking a train to Lauterbrunnen where we are spending another 2 days. I have seen a few comments about this but is the first class/panoramic train part of the Golden Pass worth it? I definitely don't mind spending a bit more money if the views are a bit better. I just wasn't sure how this would affect which Swiss Pass i would need to buy (if we ended up buying one) and if i needed to buy this in advance or not.
I have read that the train will end in Interlaken and then we will have a short trip to Lucerne. We also don't have set plans for our days in Lucerne but I imagine we might want to take the train to Jungfraujoch and back. I don't know much about the activities we will do in Jungfrau but I read that some of these may be free using the Swiss Pass potentially?
From Lauterbrunnen, we will then take the train to Venice. I read there is also a Eurail but I'm just not really sure if that is worth it since the only time we will be taking a train outside of Switzerland is the stretch from the Swiss border to Venice.
There are just so many factors to consider here that I am honestly a bit overwhelmed on where to start. After my initial scan of the Swiss Pass it seems so expensive and I just wanted to check and see if we were even going to get our moneys worth out of that or if it would be cheaper just to book leg by leg. Is there a website that seems to be the cheapest for this overall where I can kind of base my search off of? I just really am not sure where to start.