Zurich Airport-Lucerne (and Mt Pilatus), Lucerne-Geneva (Old Town & the Parcs & Residences Tour), Geneva-Lausanne (boat to castle Chillon), Lausanne-Lucerne, Lucerne-Zurich Airport. Is the Swiss Pass appropriate?

My itinerary: June 8-11 train ZRH airport to lucerne, day trip goldenRT to Mt Pilatus, day trip to Geneva with tram trip to Old Town & Parcs/Ridences (morning with afternoon trip to Lausanne and boat trip to castle Chillon and evening train back to Lucerne, Lucerne to ZRH airport on day 4. Is Swiss pass purchase and use appropriate for this itinerary? Please respond
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 30, 2015 19:24
    Thank you for your question, Marti.

    For the itinerary you laid out, the cost of purchasing a Swiss Travel Pass and the cost of purchasing regular point-to-point ticket would be comparable. It might even be the case that the option of regular tickets for this itinerary would work out to be slightly less expensive than the rail pass. However, the Swiss Travel Pass covers the boat to Chillon Castle on Lake Geneva and also trams in Geneva, whereas regular tickets would not grant you these same bonuses. The Swiss Travel Pass would also enable you to receive a 50% discount on the Mt. Pilatus excursion.

    Considering this, I would just recommend getting the Swiss Travel Pass, though you are certainly welcome to check regular ticket costs, as well.

    You would purchase the Swiss Travel Pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html.

    Otherwise, you can check regular ticket costs for trains by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage and entering a route. Even if you opt to purchase the Swiss Travel Pass, you can use this search engine to view schedules for planning purposes. You can do this for your trains from the Zurich Airport to Lucerne, Lucerne to Geneva, Geneva to Lausanne, Lausanne to Lucerne, and Lucerne back to the Zurich Airport.

    You would purchase the pass for the Mt. Pilatus excursion here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-pilatus/index.html. If you opt to purchase the Swiss Travel Pass, you would purchase the 'Alpnachstad or Kriens to Mt Pilatus for Swiss Travel Pass Holder' option of this pass in order to receive the 50% discount. To begin this excursion, you would first take a steamer on Lake Lucerne from Lucerne to Alpnachstad, where you would connect to the cog railways up the mountain. The Swiss Travel Pass covers the steamer from Lucerne to Alpnachstad, which is another benefit that would not be offered to you otherwise. After ascending the mountain, you would take cable cars down to Kriens. Once you reach Kriens, you would use your Swiss Travel Pass again to board a bus that will take you back to Lucerne.

    If, instead of the Swiss Travel Pass, you opt to purchase regular tickets for your trips, you would purchase the full fare of the Mt. Pilatus pass by choosing the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Alpnachstad or Kriens' option.

    Please note, while the Swiss Travel Pass does provide for the bonuses I mentioned above (the boat to Chillon Castle, trams in Geneva, steamer from Lucerne to Alpnachstad, 50% discount on the Mt. Pilatus excursion between Alpnachstad-Pilatus-Kriens, and the bus from Kriens to Lucerne), it does not cover the 'Parks and Residences' tour/mini-train in Geneva. You would purchase this tour locally.
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