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Travel from venice to interlaken with swiss pass

1. Does a swiss pass or italy pass cover trip from venice to spiez?
2. Does the 5 minute train transfers when switching trains during a stop give you enough time to not miss the train?
3. Does a swiss pass cover bus fare from interlaken up into the mountains for hiking and other activities?
4. Any cheaper or shorter train travel between venice to interlaken besides venice to spiez and then spiez to interlaken?
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  • 1) As long as travel only took place in Italy and Switzerland, the entire journey from Venice to Spiez would be covered using both the Swiss pass and the Italy pass together.

    2) A five-minute connection time is usually adequate, however there is always a possibility of a train being delayed. If you would like ensure enough time for a transfer, please book each train individually. This will allow you to choose the times and give enough times for connections.

    3) The Swiss pass may cover the bus routes from Interlaken. A destination city would need to be provided to verify that the bus is part of the postal bus system.

    4) The shortest route with the fewest amount of transfers is via Milan and Spiez.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 23, 2012 22:09
    Hi John,

    A typical connection from Venice to Interlaken would involve at least 2 train changes along the way in any of the following combinations of cities:

    - Milan and Spiez
    - Brig and Spiez
    - Milan, Brig and Spiez

    If you will just be traveling with a Swiss Pass (as opposed to purchasing both a Swiss Pass and a Eurail Italy Pass), you would be able to purchase your tickets on the direct trains from Milan to either Spiez or Brig 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 from Milan to certain cities in Switzerland at a lesser cost, even though the train would be starting in Italy, which is not covered by a Swiss Pass.

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

    1.) You would do a search for the individual train under 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' and indicate the type of pass you are traveling with when prompted (in your case, you would just type 'Swiss Pass').

    2.) You would then locate a direct train and click on 'Select' listed with the costs that are shown for your preferred train.

    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 'Fully Flexible' option.

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

    In some instances, for this kind of search, you may see an incorrect error message that states the following:

    "This train requires the passholder to purchase a seat reservation; however the passholder fares are unavailable or sold out at this time. This schedule is informational only. Please reserve your train at a train station in Europe."

    You can disregard this error message as it is very possible that the train is not "unavailable or sold out" as it states, and I would then recommend that you call us at 1-800-622-8600 to verify the fare's availability and book your tickets.

    We hope to have the issue with this incorrect error message fixed as soon as possible, and we're sorry for any confusion.

    The Swiss Pass would then cover you on the trains that connect from either Spiez or Brig on to Interlaken. These trains don't accept reservations, so the Swiss Pass is all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can check schedules for such routes by entering the cities under 'Check Fares and Schedules' on our homepage and clicking the option to 'Check Schedules'.

    Since you'll be in Interlaken, you might also want to consider purchasing the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' pass for Swiss Pass holders, which would cover you up to the peak of Jungfraujoch. You would purchase this pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/...

    Since you would be traveling with a Swiss Pass, you would purchase the 'Grindelwald or Wengen-Jungfraujoch/Swiss Pass' option of the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe pass.
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