Apr 13, 2017 - 4:55 PM
We plan to be in Switzerland during May 3rd week. Will depart from Zurich to Paris on May 25th.
TGV Lyra has direct service from Zurich to Paris (about 4hrs30mins journey). The prices for online booking of 4 tickets (including wife and 2 kids) are quite steep. Obviously, can't blame anyone - we made our plans little late!
It would help to know, are there any other economical options? We will have Swiss Rail Pass, will this help in reducing the cost. We couldn't see any option on the online booking site offering discounts for Swiss Rail Pass holders.
A friend advised to travel upto Geneva (using Rail pass) and from there take Easyjet flight to Paris. Easyjet prices would be about one-fourth of TGV direct fare. But then, to do this, we will have to include Geneva in our itinerary (which would actually eat into the time we wanted to spend in Zurich). Moreover, Easyjet would fly to Paris Orly airport instead of CDG. This will call for figuring out the connectivity from Paris Orly to Novotel Center Eiffel Hotel (which shouldn't be difficult, if it needs to be done).
Another option which is coming to mind as I write this. If we have a rail pass for Paris, in addition to the swiss rail pass, do we actually need to buy the tickets of TGV. Should not the combine Paris and Swiss rail pass cover Zurich to Paris. In Paris, we would be going to Disneyland (thats the only place I think we would use rails in Paris).
Any suggestions will be of help.