Is the Swiss Pass best option for Zurich, Lucerne, Bern, Montreux, Geneva, & Basel?

We are planning on purchasing the Swiss pass online traveling for 12 days to Zurich, Lucerne, Bern, Montreaux,Geneva, Basel & attractions within, this is our best option right? If we print our tickets, do we need to get it stamp at the beginning and/or everytime we get on, or do we get right in? Each (2) of us will have a large piece of luggage & a carry one, would this be a problem in the trains? this is our first time doing this. Please advise. Thanks
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 01, 2015 15:56
    Thank you for your question, Marilyn.

    For the requested itinerary, you could purchase the Swiss Travel Pass or you could purchase regular point-to-point tickets. It might be the case that regular point-to-point tickets would work out to be a little bit less expensive than the Swiss Travel Pass, but you wouldn't have the additional bonuses that come with the Swiss Travel Pass.

    Different from other single country passes, the Swiss Travel Pass is unique in that it covers the entire Swiss Travel Network (including buses, boats, and public transportation, as well as your trains). The Swiss Travel Pass also allows for entry to over 480 museums around Switzerland.

    You would purchase the Swiss Travel Pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html. To view the bonuses offered, you would click the tab for 'Travel Bonuses' once you have accessed the page for this pass on our website.

    Otherwise, you would purchase regular point-to-point tickets by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage and entering a route. Assuming you'll be traveling to each city in the sequence that you listed them, you would do one search for trains from Zurich to Lucerne, another search for trains from Lucerne to Bern, another search for connections from Bern to Montreux (which involve changing trains in Lausanne en route), another search for trains from Montreux to Geneva, and another search for trains from Geneva to Basel.

    The Swiss Travel Pass is also unique from other rail passes in that it can be issued electronically as an 'e-pass'.

    If you opt to purchase the Swiss Travel Pass and request that it be issued as an 'e-pass', it would be 'pre-validated'. This means you would validate it right at the time of purchase by indicating the first date you plan to use it. Consequently, you would not have to validate it once you're in Europe.

    If you opt to purchase the Swiss Travel Pass and request that it be issued as a paper document, it would only have to be validated (stamped) before you use it board your first train.

    Most trains do not have weight limitations/restrictions, including trains in Switzerland. You would be able to take as many bags as you can carry. A typical amount would be two large items and one smaller item.
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