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msram
msram
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Jun 17, 2022 - 2:59 PM

I propose to travel in to Switzerland from Germany. I am holding a 9 Euro German rail pass (bahn.com).

Can some one suggest to me the nearest German station to which I can reach for travelling to Lucerne?

Anna
Anna
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Jun 17, 2022 - 3:31 PM in reply to msram

Hi msram,

Welcome to MySwissAlps.

You did not mention from which city or part of Germany you are travelling from so it is difficult for me to determine the nearest German border town to Lucerne. In general you'd either be travelling via Basel or St Margrethen.

You can find information about tickets from Germany to Switzerland here: www.myswissalps.com/traintickets/germany

Hope this helps.

Regards,

Anna

Last modified on Jun 17, 2022 - 3:32 PM by Anna
msram
msram
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Jun 17, 2022 - 4:07 PM

Hi Anna! Thank you for your quick reply.

  1. I propose to come from Stuttgart /Freiburg direction and travel to Lucerne
  2. I am informed that one can travel with 9 Euro pass into some Swiss Rail stations too, there seems to be understanding between db and sbb in this regard
  3. I am attaching below an advise from a German Rail expert: As far as I know, you can travel to Basel, but not to Zurich with the 9 Euro Ticket. The RVL (public transportation company near there) writes: "Das 9-Euro-Ticket gilt im gesamten RVL-Gebiet; dazu gehört auch die S-Bahnlinie S6 einschließlich der beiden Bahnhöfe Basel Badischer Bahnhof und Basel SBB. Darüber hinaus gilt das Ticket jedoch nicht im angrenzenden Ausland, das heißt es gilt auf grenzüberschreitenden Linien (z.B. Linie 38, Linie 55) nur im deutschen Teil bis zur Landesgrenze." This means that you should be able to use the train S6 until Basel SBB or Basel Bad Bahnhof. But only to those stations. I don't think you can travel to Zurich, though.

Can the Swiss experts react to the advise in item 3 advise?

Anna
Anna
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Jun 18, 2022 - 8:20 AM in reply to msram

Hi msram,

As far as I know the 9-Euro ticket is only valid in Germany. You can use it to travel up to the nearest Swiss border town. In your case, it's likely Basel SBB. From Basel SBB to Lucerne, you need additional ticket.

For information about point-to-point tickets in Switzerland: www.myswissalps.com/traintickets/switzerland

Regards,

Anna

Arno
Arno
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Jun 19, 2022 - 10:29 AM in reply to msram

Hi msram! As Anna pointed out the 9 euro-ticket is only valid within Germany. This means you can use this ticket to reach Swiss towns at the Swiss-German border, such as Basel, but not towns within Switzerland, such as Zurich. So the answer you got from the German expert makes perfect sense.

Also be aware that the 9 euro-ticket is valid on German regional / local trains only. You can't use it for long-distance trains such as IC, ICE and EC trains.

msram
msram
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Jun 21, 2022 - 12:13 PM in reply to Arno

Thank you team

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