I'm planning a trip for mid September where I would train from Paris to Zermatt and spend 2-3 days there to see the Matterhorn. I'd like to ride as much of the Glacial Express as I can but need to ultimately end up in Venice. It seems to me that beyond Andermatt I'd have to backtrack to find my way to Venice. Is this correct?
thanks for the help!
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A scenic route would be Zermatt to St. Moritz by the Glacier Express, then the next day the Bernina route to Tirano, and proceed by Italian trains to Venice. The timetable provides all schedules.
Thanks for pointing out the Bernina route. I'm surprised that the GEX doesn't just go to Tirano... I was also able to find the italian rail schedules for Tirano to Venice.
All schedules, for Italy as well, are in the timetable I referred to in my previous post. If you need tickets you can find them here.
To confirm, if I got a Eurail pass for 3 countries including Switzerland, I don't need a Swiss travel pass?
Also, this Eurail pass is for transit between cities but not inter-city metro's?
Indeed you do not need both. It's a matter of picking the best one for your plans. Eurail passes do not include transport within cities, buses, and limited mountain transport. Most Swiss towns are small enough to get around on foot. You can compare the coverage maps here:
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