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Jun 26, 2011 - 2:59 PM
We are a retired couple who plan to visit Switzerland, Austria, Germany, (possibly Netherlands) and France from mid Sept. to Oct.1st. We have specific places that we want to see in all of the countries and plan to stay in the Bern area in Switzerland. I would like some suggestions to determine what is the best mode of transportation. We plan to travel mainly by train and prefer not to rent a vehicle. I am finding the train options very confusing as to whether it would be better to buy a Swiss pass for the time we are in Switzerland and then individual passes to the other destinations or whether it would be better to buy a eurorail pass. We would like to spend about 4 days in Switzerland and would like to take in some of the day excursions or can we see what we would like using the Swiss pass without the day excursions and using the half price for cable cars etc. For example can we take a train to Grindlewald and then take the cable car from there? Any suggestions would be gratefully received.
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Jul 3, 2011 - 5:57 AM

Hello DJ,

Welcome here, and sorry for the late reply! The general rule to pick a pass is the add the fares of regular tickets and compare that to pass prices. It is explained for Switzerland here. For your 4 days in Switzerland, it sounds like either a 4-day Swiss Saver Pass or a Swiss Half Fare Card would be suitable. The first one is the best if you make the most out of these days: i.e. traveling quite a lot and having the freedom of doing an extra free train or boat trip if you feel like it. The second option is better for regional trips.

I'm not sure what you mean with "day excursions". Are you referring to organised tours? You can visit any (tourist) site on your own as well. For Grindelwald for example, you can just use your pass to travel to Grindelwald and get a discounted cable car ticket on the spot.

The best mode of transportation is usually the train, or sometimes bus or boat. The timetable helps you to plan your trips.

I hope this helps!

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