Train Frankfurt - Lucerne on Swiss Travel Pass

Train Frankfurt - Lucerne on Swiss Travel Pass

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Sofie
Sofie
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Mar 29, 2018 - 6:22 AM

Hi

I read somewhere that if I have the STP I only need to buy the portion from Frankfurt to a border town as the portion from the border to Lucerne will be covered by the pass.

How do I buy this portion?

thank you

Sofie

rockoyster
rockoyster
3397 posts
expert
Mar 29, 2018 - 8:54 AM in reply to Sofie

Hello Sofie and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

The STP will cover you from the Swiss border at Basel. You don't need to buy tickets for routes covered by the STP.

BUT if you buy a ticket from Frankfurt to Lucerne using the Deutsche Bahn website (www.bahn.com/en/view/i ndex.shtml) you can most likely get a cheap Saver Fare the whole way and start your STP a day later.

Lucas
Lucas
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Mar 29, 2018 - 9:00 AM in reply to Sofie

Hi Sofie,

If you don't find any good prices for the whole trip, you can buy a ticket from Frankfurt to Basel with on of the retailers we recommend here.

Sofie
Sofie
5 posts
new member
Apr 2, 2018 - 12:00 AM

hi Rockoyster & Lucas

Thanks so much for your response. I was having problems looking for the trips and finally managed to get the information.

I will get the 8 days STP to cover my trip from June 17-26 & buy the Frankfurt to Lucerne.

I'm planning this trip and doing all the bookings for myself and my sisters. There's a discount for North American residents (I'm Canadian) which I qualify for. Can I apply the discount for the 3 passes or do I have to buy them separately?

Thank you

Sofie

rockoyster
rockoyster
3397 posts
expert
Apr 2, 2018 - 12:03 AM in reply to Sofie

Hello Sofie,

Not sure what discount you are referring to. What site are you buying from?

Sofie
Sofie
5 posts
new member
Apr 2, 2018 - 12:18 AM in reply to rockoyster

Hi.

Raileurope.ca site. Attached is a screen shot of the offer

Please login to see the attached documents
rockoyster
rockoyster
3397 posts
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Apr 2, 2018 - 12:22 AM in reply to Sofie

If it is like other recent Rail Europe offers then it is based on the total purchase cost so discount should be calculated on the total tickets purchased.

I note the discount applies only to 1st Class passes which are quite a bit more expensive than the much more commonly used 2nd class pass.

rockoyster
rockoyster
3397 posts
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Apr 2, 2018 - 12:23 AM in reply to Sofie
Sofie
Sofie
5 posts
new member
Apr 2, 2018 - 12:51 AM in reply to rockoyster

Does 2nd class allow me to book reservations in the panoramic cars for the scenic trains?

I thought I read somewhere that only 1st class are allowed to. I guess I'm getting confused reading all the posts & replies.

Thanks

rockoyster
rockoyster
3397 posts
expert
Apr 2, 2018 - 1:55 AM in reply to Sofie

Hello Sofie,

You can make reservations in 1st or 2nd Class irrespective of which pass if any you have. You don't need to have already bought the pass to make reservations.

If you have a 2nd class Swiss Travel Pass and want to travel 1st class on any specific journey you can buy a Class upgrade which costs half the difference between 1st and 2nd Class full fares.

Alpenrose666
Alpenrose666
2136 posts
top member
Apr 2, 2018 - 3:17 AM in reply to Sofie

Hi Sofie,

>> Does 2nd class allow me to book reservations in the panoramic cars for the scenic trains?

Carriages on the Glacier Express and Bernina Express, as well as the Golden Pass panoramic trains between Zweisimmen and Montreux, have panoramic windows in second class as well as first class.

In the Gotthard Panorama Express, only first-class carriages have panoramic windows.

Alpenrose

Sofie
Sofie
5 posts
new member
Apr 2, 2018 - 3:50 AM in reply to rockoyster

Hi Rockoyster

You are right. A 2nd class pass is good enough. I can upgrade on the panoramic trains to first class.

Thanks a lot for helping me some monies.

Sofie

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