Swiss Pass Vs Swiss Card

Is Swiss card only valid if you are doing a round trip? If I am reaching Zurich from Venice and leaving for Paris from Interlaken, would that be considered round trip. We are a family of 4 (2 kids 17 and 15) and contemplating if we should go for Swiss Pass or Swiss Card. We will be 4 days in Switzerland. Please advise what would be most economical to buy given that we will be going to Mt. Titlis and Mt.Jungfraugh
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 03, 2013 15:24
    Hi,

    The Swiss Card would not be valid to cover the travel you described. The Swiss Card is a pass that allows for the inbound and outbound transfer between any Swiss airport or bordertown and any single destination in Switzerland. In any case, a trip from Zurich to Venice and then from Interlaken to Paris would not be classified as a roundtrip. A roundtrip is a trip from one location to another and then back to the original location (generally over the same route).

    What you purchase will depend entirely on the specific itinerary you will be doing and the sequence of cities you visit.

    Based on the information you provided, the Swiss Pass is what you would purchase. The Swiss Pass would of course cover the ticket costs for your trains operating within Switzerland, and it would make you eligible to receive the 'Passholder 3' rate on a train from Milan to Zurich (as part of your connection from Venice to Zurich).
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 03, 2013 15:24
    The connection from Venice to Zurich involves at least one train change in Milan along the way. You would purchase a regular ticket for the train from Venice to Milan under 'Find Fares & Schedules' on the homepage of our website. You would then purchase your tickets for a connecting train from Milan to Zurich at 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 from Milan to certain cities in Switzerland at a lesser cost, even though the train would be starting in Italy.

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

    1.) You would do a search for the individual train 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 Milan to Zurich and click on 'Select' listed with the costs that are shown for your departure.

    3.) After you've clicked on 'Select', 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' or possibly the 'Fully 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.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 03, 2013 15:27
    For your trip to Mount Titlis, you would purchase the Mount Titlis pass. You can purchase this pass by clicking here:
    http://www.raileurope.com/activities/... .

    Since you'll be traveling with the Swiss Pass, you would purchase the 'Engelberg-Mt Titlis/Swiss Pass' option of this pass.

    For a trip up to Jungfraujoch, your Swiss Pass would cover you as far as Wengen or Grindelwald. With the Swiss Pass, you would still have to purchase the 'Grindelwald or Wengen-Jungfraujoch/Swiss Pass' option of the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe pass. To purchase this pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/... .
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 03, 2013 15:31
    A connection from Interlaken to Paris involves changing trains once in Basel along the way. You would purchase regular tickets for a train from Basel to Paris by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage and your Swiss Pass would cover you on the train from Interlaken to Basel.

    There was a new direct service from Interlaken to Paris that was just introduced fairly recently, but these trains do not appear to be operating for the time being.
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