Swiss Trip - Montreux to Gstaad, Gstaad to Lucerne, Lucerne to Zurich - Would like to take the Golden Pass - does it run from Montreux-Gstaad-Lucerne?

6 of us are traveling for 6 days is Switzerland--Montreux 2 nights, a wedding in Gstaad for 2 nights, Lucerne for 2 nights then on to Zurich for a flight to Prague. I am struggling with what, if any train passes I should purchase and am wondering if you can help. Swiss passes are only good for 4 or 8 days--I really need 3 days, then nothing for wedding day then 3 days. Can I organize something like that or am I stuck--what do you recommend? Also I would like to take the Golden Pass line--does it run from Montreux to Gstaad.--and then Gstaad to Lucerne? Do I need a pass to book.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 31, 2015 19:47
    Hi Kathleen.

    There is a 3 day (flexi) option of the 'Swiss Travel Pass'. Regular tickets may work out to be slightly less expensive than the pass; however, the pass would offer you additional bonuses that would likely make it the better option for you.

    These bonuses include 50% discounts or full coverage on various mountain excursions not otherwise covered, some of which you're likely already planning on doing during your time in Lucerne (i.e. Mt Pilatus, Mt Titlis, and Mt Rigi).

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

    The GoldenPass is a scenic route from Montreux to Lucerne that involves changing trains in Zweisimmen and Interlaken along the way. Gstaad is a stop along this route, specifically of the GoldenPass train from Montreux to Zweisimmen. Therefore, if you take a train from Montreux to Gstaad, it would follow the GoldenPass route. To continue on the route, you would take a train from Gstaad to Zweisimmen, where you would switch to another train that would take you to Interlaken. In Interlaken, you would switch to a train that would take you to Lucerne. From Lucerne, there are then direct trains up to Zurich.

    The 'Swiss Travel Pass' covers the ticket costs for all of these trains. For planning purposes, you can view their schedules by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and entering the route. When you go to view the schedules, you would do separate searches for the following:

    - Montreux to Gstaad (GoldenPass route)

    - Gstaad to Zweisimmen (GoldenPass route)

    - Zweisimmen to Interlaken (GoldenPass route)

    - Interlaken to Lucerne (GoldenPass route)

    - Lucerne to Zurich

    If you plan on doing these trips over the course of 3 separate days as you described, you would purchase the '3 Travel Days within 1 Month (Shipped via UPS)' option of the 'Swiss Travel Pass'. With this pass, you would have 3 separate days of rail travel to completed over the time frame of a month.



    Of the trains comprising of your itinerary, reservations would only be recommended on the GoldenPass train from Montreux to Gstaad. To purchase the reservations, you would click on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' (instead of 'Find Fares & Schedules') on our homepage, enter the cities (i.e. 'Montreux' to 'Gstaad'), and indicate the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with (i.e. the 'Swiss Travel Pass').

    Since you wouldn't be purchasing actual reservations for any of your other trains, it would just be sufficient to click 'Find Fares & Schedules' (instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations') on our homepage when you do these searches, and you would not indicate that you'll be traveling with any type of rail pass.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 31, 2015 20:11
    Mount Pilatus (with a 'Swiss Travel Pass')

    The 'Swiss Travel Pass' would enable you to receive a 50% discount on the Mt Pilatus excursion from Lucerne. Please note, this would require the use of a 'travel day' on your pass. Therefore, if you plan on making this excursion on a day that you're not already planning on traveling, then you would have to purchase your 'Swiss Travel Pass' to include an additional 'travel day' (i.e. the '4 Travel Days within 1 Month' option of the 'Swiss Travel Pass', as opposed to the '3 Travel Days within 1 Month' option).

    To receive the 50% discount on the Mt Pilatus excursion, you would purchase the 'Alpnachstad or Kriens to Mt Pilatus for Swiss Travel Pass Holder' option of the 'Mount Pilatus' pass. This would be purchased here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/mount-pilatus/index.html.



    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' actually fully 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 would take you back to Lucerne.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 31, 2015 20:19
    Mount Titlis (with a 'Swiss Travel Pass')

    The 'Swiss Travel Pass' would also enable you to receive a 50% discount on excursion to Mt Titlis from Lucerne. Like the Mt Pilatus excursion, this would require the use of a 'travel day' on your pass, so you would want to be sure to account for that when you decide the number of 'travel days' to purchase your 'Swiss Travel Pass' for.

    To receive the 50% discount on the Mt Titlis excursion, you would purchase the 'Engelberg to Mt Titlis for Swiss Travel Pass Holder' option of the 'Mount Titlis' pass. You would purchase this pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/....



    The trek up Mount Titlis is by cable car. These do not have set schedules, as they operate continuously throughout the day. The first cable car is from Engelberg to Trübsee, the second cable car is from Trübsee to Stand, and the third cable car is from Stand to Titlis.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 31, 2015 20:39
    Mount Rigi (with a 'Swiss Travel Pass')

    The 'Swiss Travel Pass' actually covers the entire excursion to Mt Rigi from Lucerne. Like the Mt Pilatus and Mt Titlis excursions, this would require the use of a 'travel day' on your pass, so you would want to be sure to account for that when you decide on the number of 'travel days' to purchase your 'Swiss Travel Pass' for.

    There are 2 different routes; one via Arth Goldau and the other via Vitznau. Considering this, I would recommend making your ascent via one of these routes and then descending via the other.

    Therefore, you could start the journey by taking a train from Lucerne to Arth Goldau. From Arth Goldau, you would take the 'Arth-Rigi-Bahn' up to Rigi Kulm.

    For your descent, you would then take the 'Vitznau-Rigi-Bahn' cog railway from Rigi Kulm down to Vitznau. In Vitznau, you would use your pass to board the boat across Lake Lucerne back to Lucerne.

    You can check schedules for trains from Lucerne to Arth Goldau by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and entering the route.

    Schedules for the 'Arth-Rigi-Bahn' from Arth Goldau to Rigi Kulm and the 'Vitznau-Rigi-Bahn' from Rigi Kulm to Vitznau are not able to be viewed on our site, but these depart hourly throughout the day.
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  • Hi .. Is Rail Europe travel pass accepted on Swiss rail network including the excursion journeys like jungfrau
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