What should I buy for a trip from Rome to Interlaken if I purchase the Swiss Travel Pass?

I will most likely be purchasing an 8 day Swiss Rail pass for 2 seniors. Approx. July 20, we will depart Rome for Interlaken. Do you recommend an alternative to just buying a one way ticket from Rome to Interlaken to cut back on expense?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 03, 2016 19:09
    Hi Joanne,

    A connection from Rome to Interlaken would take at least 6.5 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes en route; once in Milan and then once in Spiez.

    If you'll have a Swiss Travel Pass for your travels in Switzerland, your best option would just be to purchase regular tickets for your trains from Rome to Milan and Milan to Spiez. The Swiss Travel Pass would even enable you to purchase tickets for a train from Milan to Spiez at a discounted rate called the 'Passholder 3' (even though its journey starts in Italy).

    You would purchase tickets for the segment from Rome to Milan by entering the cities ('Rome' to 'Milan') on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and not mentioning that you'll be traveling with any type of pass. The trains from Rome to Milan are high-speed Le Frecce trains (Frecciarossa or Frecciabianca) and high-speed Italo trains.

    To receive the 'Passholder 3' rate for a train from Milan to Spiez, you would still just enter the cities for this segment ('Milan' to 'Spiez'), but this time you would indicate that you'll be traveling with the 'Swiss Travel Pass'.

    You can ensure that it's the 'Passholder 3' rate you're being quoted by clicking on the 'View' button under the cost that displays and then referring to the 'Ticket Flexibility' options in the box that expands out below. For the 'Passholder 3' rate, you would just want to be sure that the 'Semi Flexible' option is checked. Underneath 'Semi Flexible', you would click 'Read More' and the name of the fare would read 'Trenitalia Pass 3'.

    For your train from Spiez to Interlaken, the Swiss Travel Pass would take over. On a train from Spiez to Interlaken, the Swiss Travel Pass is all you'd need to board. For planning, you can still check schedules for this segment on our site, but these trains depart frequently throughout the day (3 times every hour) and the ride only takes 20 to 25 minutes.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 03, 2016 19:14
    If you're planning to make the trek up Jungfraujoch while you're in Interlaken, it would be important to note that the Swiss Travel Pass would only be valid as far as Grindelwald or Wengen. With that said, the Swiss Travel Pass does allow for a 25% discount on the segment from Grindelwald to Jungfraujoch (and return) and the segment from Wengen to Jungfraujoch (and return). Grindelwald and Wengen represent the two different routes you can take between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch; Interlaken being the starting point for the Jungfraujoch trek.

    The route through Grindelwald would look like this:

    -Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
    -Train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’
    -Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)

    With regard to this route, the Swiss Travel Pass would only be valid to cover you on the train Interlaken and Grindelwald.

    The route through Lauterbrunnen/Wengen would look like this:

    -Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
    -Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’ (Wengen is a stop along this rail line)
    -Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)

    With regard to this route, the Swiss Travel Pass would only be valid to cover you between Interlaken and Wengen.

    To receive the 25% discount between Grindelwald or Wengen and Jungfraujoch, you would purchase the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey from Grindelwald or Wengen - For Use Only With Swiss Travel Pass' of a pass called the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe'.

    You would purchase the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/jungfraujoch/index.html.

    Reservations are not accepted for any part of this trip. The 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' is an open voucher that you would use to hop on any of these trains on the journey up to Jungfraujoch and back. It is only valid for a period of 24 hours, so your round-trip would just have to be completed within that time frame.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) December 29, 2016 16:36
      Update:

      With regard to the excursion up to Jungfraujoch, reservations are now possible for the Jungfrau Railway segment between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch. In fact, as a supplement to the ‘Jungfraujoch Top of Europe’, reservations are now highly recommended on the Kleine Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch segment for travel between the months of May and October. The Kleine-Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch reservations can be purchased locally at the preceding stations in Interlaken, Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen; as well as the nearby station of Mürren.

      Reservations are still not accepted for the segments between Interlaken and Kleine Scheidegg, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the route via Lauterbrunnen. Therefore, the ‘Jungfraujoch Top of Europe’ would be all you’d need to board for these segments.
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  • Hi Jeff I am confused concerning your explanation about the one day pass to top of europe. I have a Swiss travel pass with half fare discount. With this I can book the one day pass to Jungfraujoch from Interlaken as one of the choice for the pass and return to Interlaken. I dont have to use a day on my Swiss Travel Pass, am I right because it states that journey begins at Interlaken where I am staying.
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  • Thanks Jeff for your clarification on this matter. Looking forward to our first trip to the countries of Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
    Rail Europe is a great help in planning our trip by myself.
    Best regards.
    Zenaida
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