Oct 6, 2012 - 8:46 AM
I am from Singapore and planning a trip to Switzerland with my wife from 1 Dec for about 2 weeks.
So far, I am looking to visit Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken, Zermat and Lausanne, and will probably stay at each place for minimum 2-3 nights and travel between these places via train. At some of these places, I will also likely be taking the mountain gondolas and boat trips.
I am unsure whether the Swiss Pass with unlimited travel is right for me, since I am not travelling everyday. And on days where I travel, it is usually a single train trip to my next destination. Right now, I am considering either the Swiss half-fare card, or the Swiss flexi-pass. Would really appreciate your advice on this :-)
Also, after 2 weeks in Switzerland, we are looking at moving on to Austria to visit Salzburg and Vienna for another week. Will that mean we have to take the Austria-Switzerland Pass instead? Again, my worry is whether this is the best deal since we won't be travelling everyday and don't really need the unlimited rides.
Also, do we usually have to make advance reservation for tickets on the normal trains? Or is it quite safe for us to purchase these on the day of travel? I know that for the scenic trains (e.g. Glacier Express), these need advance reservation in order to be assured of a seat. But I am not sure about regular trains between the various cities/towns.
Thanks for your advice!