Urgent ! How to choose the Swiss pass & itinerary

Urgent ! How to choose the Swiss pass & itinerary

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Viwon
Viwon
4 posts
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Nov 14, 2016 - 12:12 PM

Dear friend ,

I m first time travel in Switzerland with my partner in next year March 2017 in winter time . possible to guide me or assist me please ! I m very appreciate for every writer who reply my request !

Possible to read thru my itinerary and find the most budget way ?

Day 1 - Reach Zurich airport at ‍1:00pm , walk around in Zurich maybe Rhine fall , stay hotel nearby Zurich HB

Day 2 - early check out and go to Lucern check in hotel nearby the train station to engelberg. Travel to engelberg once check in hotel in Lucern and go mount titlis via cable car , back in Lucern

Day 3 - early check out travel to interlaken ost , sight seeing trummelbruc ,village boningen / wengen walk around in interlaken

Day 4 - early check out and go for jungfraujoch via grindelweld , back to the base airport wait for tomorrow flight

It is too hard or rush for me ? Someone who can help me please ! Thank you so much for all of you valuable comment

twiggy321
twiggy321
90 posts
active member
Nov 14, 2016 - 8:13 PM

When you arrive in Zurich you may have time to do the free walking tour of Zurich see the link below

www.freewalk.ch/zurich /tours.php they are various tours all are free but a tip is advisable give what you think it is worth)

The train from Zurich to the Rhinefalls is relatively short I haven't visited but if you have time bearing in mind that although you arrive at 1pm you have not accounted for baggage clearance etc and getting into Zurich from the airport

Whilst visiting the Rhinefalls it is a shame to miss the area and try to get to Schaffhausen You can take a train from the Zurich main station towards Schaffhausen (about a 20 minute ride). At Schaffhausen, switch to the train to Winterthur. Get off the train at Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall (2nd stop). The whole train ride takes about 30 minutes including changing trains and everything is clearly marked. The cost of the entire train ride is covered if you purchase a Zurich Card.

At the falls, follow the footpath to the ticket office. There are stairs to climb on the footpath and also once you enter the viewing area. There is a lift that you can use to get to one part of the viewing area. You will need to buy a ticket to access the falls. It costs CHF 5 per person (about $5). Walk through the visitor center (shops and restaurant) and scan your ticket at the turnstile. You can only scan it once so make sure you enter right as you scan it.

The views are well worth the $5 charge. If you don't want to pay you can get off the Winterthur train at Neuhausen (1st stop). You will then cross over the bridge in front of the station, and follow the signs to the falls (20 minute walk). I didn't go this way so I can't comment on the walk and if there are stairs.

I haven't done but plan this in my trip next year to do a boat trip out to the rock on the Rhine Falls, type Rheinfalls into google and you will find the website with all the info. TripAdvisor is also good for things in the area. Try to get to Munot (Schaffhausen) which is free (small castle) which is free and gives a fantastic view of the area ( haven't done myself) but info

2. Travelling from Luzern to Interlaken Ost I'm not sure if you are going to do the Golden Panorama Train if so bear in mind this is a lovely train journey but takes a while.

if yo give me some more idea on your plans - ie is your accommodation definitely booked are you restricted to those areas I can help more

Hope this helps a little

Viwon
Viwon
4 posts
new member
Nov 14, 2016 - 8:56 PM in reply to twiggy321

Dear twiggy321 thank you for time consuming reply my forum , I haven book my hotel yet mostly will nearby the train station. would you advice ?

By the way, if I wish to go for golden panorama train seem that not enough time for me right ? Moreover, I am not sure should I buy the Swiss pass or half pass.

Thank you so much for reply

Arno
Arno
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Nov 15, 2016 - 6:04 AM in reply to Viwon

Hi Viwon,

Welcome to MySwissAlps! You can find hotels near train stations on myswissalps.com/hotels /railstations or any of our town pages: myswissalps.com/myswis salps.com/wheretogo/to wns.

You definitely do not need a Swiss Pass as that's for Swiss citizens only. You may need a Swiss Travel Pass or a Swiss Half Fare Card, but you can only make a choice once you have an itinerary. Please see myswissalps.com/train/ ticketspasses.

Viwon
Viwon
4 posts
new member
Nov 15, 2016 - 9:09 AM in reply to Arno

Hi Arno,

Apprecited your reply. From your point of view for my itinerary it is perfect for short trip to view the scenery in Switzerland ?

If I direct to Lucern that didn't go thru any activity in Zurich it is waste ?

I m so concern for me budget too, and I have check for the Swiss travel pass that include all in one but I didn't go for museum or boat trip seem high price for me. I m appreciate and thank for your time consuming to reply my itineray

Arno
Arno
9764 posts
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moderator
Nov 15, 2016 - 12:48 PM in reply to Viwon

Hi Viwon,

You will for sure see some wonderful regions of Switzerland. In the end, it all depends on the weather of the day (not rain or fog hopefully), and whether you'd like to spend more time in the outdoors or in trains. That's a personal decision. I would skip Zurich for such a short visit, but again that's a personal decision.

Once you have a fixed plan, this page helps you to pick the cheapest pass.

Viwon
Viwon
4 posts
new member
Nov 15, 2016 - 1:05 PM in reply to Arno

Hi Arno ,

Yes ! Hope the weather will be good when I arrival πŸ˜….Actually I would like to spend more in the outdoor or train but as I notice if spend on train will be costly for this short trip so need to choose balance for both

thank you so much for your expert advice appreciate it πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»Are you stay in Switzerland ? So maybe we can catch up hahah

Arno
Arno
9764 posts
expert &
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Nov 15, 2016 - 1:33 PM in reply to Viwon

Hi Viwon,

The Swiss Half Fare Card might be a good choice. It's not too expensive to buy, and it gets you 50% off nearly all tickets. So you can decide what to do when you're there and know what the weather will be like. You will almost break even on the Jungfraujoch trip alone.

To print the card, you can visit www.swissrailways.com/ en. After filling out your address, they will show the delivery options. Pick "Online Ticket" from the bottom of the list. They will e-mail the card (no delivery fees) within 3 working days.

I'd recommend to spend your few days to see Switzerland rather than meeting me ;-)

Last modified on Nov 15, 2016 - 1:34 PM by Arno

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