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Suheilv
Suheilv
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Jun 15, 2018 - 4:01 PM

Hello. My Name is Suheil and i will be traveling to Switzerland in November. i will be there for about 6 days and i am looking to buy the Swiss travel pass. i will be flying from Paris to Switzerland and i would like to know which airport will be my best option to arrive. i am looking to stay either in Bern or Lucerne. i was looking at the airports in Basel and Zurich. will i be able to ride the train/buss from one of those Airports to any destination?

1960man
1960man
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Jun 15, 2018 - 11:52 PM in reply to Suheilv

Most people travelling Paris - Switzerland now travel by high speed train:

There are several routes:

Paris - Geneva

Paris - Lausanne

Paris - Bern

Paris - Basel - Zürich

Slowpoke
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Jun 16, 2018 - 12:10 AM in reply to Suheilv

Hi Suheily-

Welcome to My Swiss Alps.

<<"i will be flying from Paris to Switzerland and i would like to know which airport will be my best option to arrive. i am looking to stay either in Bern or Lucerne. i was looking at the airports in Basel and Zurich. will i be able to ride the train/buss from one of those Airports to any destination?">>

Yes.

Zürich is usually a better option, unless you have plans in the Northeast of Switzerland..

I'd travel by train, myself.

www.myswissalps.com/tr avel/inswitzerland

November is in between seasons for many tourist activities.

Did you have specific plans for certain sights or regions?

Slowpoke

Lucas
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Jun 16, 2018 - 6:56 AM in reply to Suheilv

Hi Suheily,

You can use the Swiss railways timetable to find your transport options from the airport to other destinations - see what works best for you: https://www.myswissalp s.com/timetable

Arno
Arno
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Jun 17, 2018 - 8:17 AM

Hello Suheilv,

I second 1960man's advice: take the train from Paris to Switzerland. It's more comfortable, quicker and probably cheaper. Also you can pick the shortest routes to your final destination in that case. No need to go through Zurich, for example.

www.myswissalps.com/tr aintickets/france

Enjoy the ride!

Suheilv
Suheilv
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Jun 17, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Thank you Arno

by looking at airplane tickets they are between $40-$60 USD. i heard the train takes long. any idea how long from Paris to Switzerland? i dont want to waste a whole day traveling by train, that is why i was considering flying there.

Suheilv
Suheilv
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Jun 17, 2018 - 4:38 PM in reply to Slowpoke

slowpoke

i am planing to visit, Bern and lucerne as main destinations. i have other things in mind, but so far those two. i am buying the travel swiss pass as transportation in Switzerland.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Jun 17, 2018 - 4:45 PM in reply to Suheilv

Hi Suheily -

<<"i heard the train takes long. any idea how long from Paris to Switzerland? i dont want to waste a whole day traveling by train, that is why i was considering flying there.">>

Lucas gave you the answer already. It works for other countries, too.

More than likely, the train stops at Bern on the way to Zürich.

<<"You can use the Swiss railways timetable to find your transport options from the airport to other destinations - see what works best for you: https://www.myswissalp s.com/timetable >>

Don't forget to add in time to travel to/from airports. And, if your destination is Bern, you have travel time from Zrich to Bern. Maybe there is service at Bern-Belp airport....?

Slowpoke

Suheilv
Suheilv
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Jun 17, 2018 - 4:51 PM in reply to Slowpoke

thank you. i will look into this.

Suheilv
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Jun 17, 2018 - 5:09 PM in reply to Lucas

Thank You Lucas

Lucas
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Jun 17, 2018 - 5:39 PM in reply to Suheilv

Plane vs. train between Paris and Basel is very similar when you take into account travel to/from the airport as well as arriving early for airport check in etc. etc. :)

Suheilv
Suheilv
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Jun 18, 2018 - 11:51 AM in reply to Lucas

makes sense. Thanks Lucas. just trying to find my way around as a first time visitor.

Lucas
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Jun 18, 2018 - 12:00 PM in reply to Suheilv

Of course. no worries.

I don't start thinking about flying until train trips get longer than 5 hours or so.

Suheilv
Suheilv
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Jun 18, 2018 - 12:15 PM in reply to Lucas

thank you. as i do my search i see that the train ride is not long.

Arno
Arno
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Jun 18, 2018 - 1:25 PM in reply to Suheilv

Hi Suheilv,

The link I gave you earlier explains all about the train trip: how long it takes, where to buy tickets, etc. It's the preferred mode of travel for trips like that, and eco-friendly as well. Book early for the best prices (as low as €29 sometimes).

Last modified on Jun 18, 2018 - 1:25 PM by Arno
Suheilv
Suheilv
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Jun 18, 2018 - 1:39 PM in reply to Arno

thank you Arno. i did look over everything and have a better idea on where to start now. very helpful.

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