Swiss Pass used to travel to Rome Italy?

We are purchasing swiss passes for 4 consecutive days of travel in Switzerland this summer. On the 4th day we need to get from Interlaken to Rome. What is the best way to make sure we can use our swiss pass for as much of the trip to Rome before we have to purchase tickets?We will not be doing any other travel by train in Italy. Thanks
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 03, 2013 18:16
    Hi Erin,

    Generally, all countries being traveled through would have to be accounted for on the pass you choose.

    With the Swiss Pass, however, you would be able to purchase your tickets on the train between certain cities in Switzerland and Milan (Milan would serve as the connection point for a trip from Switzerland into Italy) at what is known as the 'Passholder 3' rate. The Passholder 3 rate is a special rate that was created to allow passengers in possession of a Swiss Pass to take direct trains between certain cities in Switzerland and Milan at a discounted cost, even though the train would be traveling through Italy.

    A connection from Interlaken to Rome would involve changing trains at least twice along the way, once in Spiez and then once in Milan. Otherwise, the connection from would involve changing trains in Spiez, Brig, and then Milan.

    To ensure you are purchasing the tickets at a Passholder 3 rate for a direct train from Spiez (or Brig) to Milan, you would take the following steps:

    1.) You would do a search for this part of the route under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' and indicate the type of pass you are traveling with when prompted (you would just type 'Swiss Pass').

    2.) You would then locate a direct train from Spiez (or Brig) to Milan and click on 'View' listed with the costs that are shown for your preferred train.

    3.) After you've clicked on 'View', you would then refer to where it says 'Ticket Flexibility'. Underneath 'Ticket Flexibility', you may see 3 options: 'Non Flexible', 'Semi Flexible' and 'Fully Flexible. You would click 'Read More' next to each of these options until you see the fare titled 'Trenitalia International Train Passholder 3'. Generally, the Passholder 3 rate would be found under the 'Semi Flexible' option.

    4.) Be sure the option labeled as 'Trenitalia International Trains Passholder 3' is checked, and then click 'Select' to proceed and add it to your shopping cart.

    The Swiss Pass would cover you entirely on trains from Interlaken to Spiez and Spiez to Brig. For planning purposes, you can just check schedules for these trains by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on the homepage of our website.

    You would then purchase regular tickets for a train from Milan to Rome. You would do this also by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage.

    Generally, trains from Spiez or Brig to Milan, and trains from Milan to Rome can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. If your intended date of departure happens to fall outside of this time frame, you would just enter a date within the next 90 days to get an idea of cost and view schedules when searching these trains on our website.
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