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Steverkessle
Steverkessle
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Nov 15, 2019 - 8:36 PM

We are a 2 adults, one is 16, one 14 years old.

We are plannig out a 3 weeks trip next summer that will start in Austria then Munich, and we would pass through switzerland to end it is france.

In switzerland we are also planing to sleep a night in St. Moritz to do the Glacier Express and sleep in Zermatt after the ride for two nights and then off to France through Montreux and Genaeva.

We where thinking of getting a eurail pass for the sum of our trip since the glacier express is covered in that pass , but when i looked at what to do in Zermatt, Now we want to do the Gornagrats. I'm not so sure the the eurail is are brest option anymore since Gornagrats is not covered nor discounted.

Anyone knows what what would be our best option here, to cut on tha pretty heafty price tag of the Gornagrats specially after Canadian/CHF Conversion?

I tried to see with individual tickets and all with the use of half fare card, but it gets kind of confusing dealing with diferent train cie or distributors.

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Nov 15, 2019 - 9:18 PM in reply to Steverkessle

Hello Steve and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

Gornergrat(CHF98 return) will be only one small part of your full trip so it may not have a great bearing on your overall choice of travel pass.

By far the best way to check timetables, find fares* and buy tickets on-line if required is using the SBB Mobile app (bit.ly/2ICIUHi). In the unlikely event you don’t have a device capable of running the app then you can use the timetable on the SBB website (bit.ly/2HH1U7B). If you are not familiar with using the timetable it will pay to first read the instructions at www.myswissalps.com/ti metable.

* The SBB website shows half-fare prices by default, the mobile app allows you to nominate whether to show full or half-fares (by editing the passenger details in settings) and is also smart enough to offer you the Saver Day Pass (www.myswissalps.com/sa verdaypass) if that offers the best fare. The app also show a platform map (at least at the larger stations) to help you make connections.

Based on your personal itinerary you should read “How to choose the best travel pass” (www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass), download the handy spreadsheet calculator and do the math. The spreadsheet also includes links to the “Where it's valid" page for all available passes. Be sure to check those pages for each pass you are considering. Study the map AND read all the text on those pages to fully understand what is covered by the respective pass.

Also note that you will need seat reservations for the Glacier Express. They are over and above the train fare and are not covered by any pass.

See also www.myswissalps.com/tr aintickets/germany and www.myswissalps.com/tr aintickets/france.

1960man
1960man
2320 posts
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Nov 16, 2019 - 1:20 AM in reply to Steverkessle

Remember that all passes have to be purchased first - before anything is given to you 'free'. If you are travelling through many countries briefly on Eurail it will not be worth buying additional passes just for one ride on one line not covered by Eurail. Therefore I suggest you 'swallow' any cost of a ride on the Gornergrat railway and pay the normal fare. It's my favourite mountain line in Switzerland so highly recommended

Anna
Anna
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Nov 16, 2019 - 10:14 AM in reply to Steverkessle

Hi Steverkessle,

I agree with rockoyster and 1960man. As the Eurail Global Pass does not include discounts to the Gornergrat, you may have to just bite the bullet and pay the full ticket price to go up. Alternatively, pick another mountain :) There's a list of mountains that is covered by the Eurail Global Pass. Be sure to check out the link: www.myswissalps.com/eu railglobalpass/validit y

More useful links for your trip:

Best regards,

Anna

Steverkessle
Steverkessle
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Nov 16, 2019 - 3:38 PM

Thanks all, I did the rough math with the suggested spreadsheet with my desired itinerary.

Prices are for my full party inluding reservations, Gornagrat, and tickets prices..

  1. Full price tickets : 2544 CHF
  2. Eurail 10 days: 2079 CHF
  3. Eurail 7 days/ Swiss pass 4days: 2382 CHF
  4. Eurail 7 days / half fare pass : 2139CHF
Last modified on Nov 16, 2019 - 3:38 PM by Steverkessle
Anna
Anna
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Nov 16, 2019 - 3:56 PM in reply to Steverkessle

Hi Steverkessle,

Brilliant! So, I guess no. 2? :) Please find Eurail Global Pass retailers at www.myswissalps.com/eu railglobalpass/price.

Cheers,

Anna

Last modified on Nov 17, 2019 - 4:06 PM by Annika

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