Tell Pass or Swiss Travel Pass Luzern, Interlaken

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Mar 7, 2017 - 6:46 AM


I will be travelling to Switzerland from 2 May 2017 - 9 May 2017. I need some help as to which pass (swiss pass or tell pass -summer) is more suitable for my trip. (on a budget trip)

2 May - stay a night in Zurich

3 May - will travel from Zurich to Lucerne & stay there for 3 nights

4 May - will travel from Lucerne to Interlaken & stay there for 4 nights

9 May - will take train back to Zurich Airport from Interlaken for our flight back to London.

During our stay from 3 May to 8 May, we will be exploring lake Lucerne, Mount Pilatus, Mount Titlis, Mount Rigi & will be trying out paragliding in Interlaken. What other places can we explore within our stay in Lucerne & Interlaken, any suggestion?

How's the weather during my stay there? Is there a need to prepare winter clothes when we go up the mountain?

Looking forward to your reply. Thanks

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Mar 7, 2017 - 8:14 AM in reply to Joanne82

Hi Joanne82,

It really depends on what your train routes will be and how much travel you will be doing outside of the Tell Pass area of validity. The Pass does not cover travel from Zurich to Luzern and any mountain trips you will be making from Interlaken (it will get you to Interlaken however).

So while the Tell Pass is cheaper you will still have to pay to get to Luzern (German spelling) as well as to Jungfraujoch, Schilthorn etc.

It would be best to read through our page on How to choose the best rail pass. There is an excel page to help do the math. In the end it may be more economical to get the Swiss Travel Pass depending on all your planned train trips. Be sure to read through the areas of validity on the STP as well - it offers discounts on some portions of the route to Jungfraujoch for example (its not fully covered).

The weather is always hard to predict. It should be quite pleasant in the main towns and cities at lower elevations. It will still be cold and there will be snow at some mountain tops.


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