travel within switzerland

Hi, I am visiting Switzerland in May this year for 7 days with my husband and 3 year old son. We will reaching Zurich in the morning and go straight to Lucerne (3 nights), Interlaken(2 nights), Zermatt (1 nights) and then travel to Geneva(1night) for our morning train to Venice. Please advise if we should take 2 swiss passes for our travel within switzerland or book individual trains. Also if we take swiss passes, then can we travel on any train that runs between these cities without incurring any additional cost. Thanks, AVR
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 11, 2013 16:49
    Hi AVR,

    For the requested travel, I would recommend purchasing the Swiss Pass, as opposed to regular point-to-point tickets. The Swiss Pass would cover the ticket costs for all of your trips within Switzerland. You would just purchase reservations for the Golden Pass scenic route between Lucerne and Interlaken. The other trains you'll be taking in Switzerland don't accept reservations, so the Swiss Pass is all you would need to board.

    After you add the pass to your shopping cart, you would click 'Continue Shopping' to add your reservations from Lucerne to Interlaken. On the next screen, you would then click 'Buy a Reservation' under where it says 'Reservations for Pass Holders' (to check reservation costs and schedules beforehand, you would click on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.)

    A connection from Geneva to Venice involves changing trains once in Milan along the way. With the Swiss Pass, you would be able to purchase your tickets on the train from Geneva to Milan 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 (including Geneva) and Milan at a discounted cost, even though the train would be traveling through Italy.

    To ensure you are purchasing the tickets at a Passholder 3 rate for a direct train from Geneva to Milan, 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 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' 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. If you don't see 'Trenitalia International Trains Passholder 3' and instead it just says 'Trenitalia International Trains Adult', then I would recommend that you call us at 1-800-622-8600 to verify the availability of the fare, as there may be an error on our website that prevents these specific rates from being displayed.

    You would then purchase regular tickets for the part of the connection from Milan to Venice. To book a regular ticket for a train from Milan to Venice, you would click on 'Continue Shopping' from your shopping cart and then 'Let's Get Booking' under where it says 'I have an itinerary'. This would enable you to purchase regular point-to-point tickets, as opposed to just reservations, since your rail pass will not cover this part of your trip (if starting on our homepage, you would purchase regular tickets by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules', as opposed to 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations'.)

    The Golden Pass from Lucerne to Interlaken, trains from Geneva to Milan, and trains from Milan to Venice can all only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. If your intended travel falls 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 the route on our website.
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  • Thank you Jeff for such a detailed reply. I will buy the swiss pass and follow the steps as advised by you. Regarding, train from Geneva to Venice, unfortunately I have already booked my tickets and cannot avail the discounts that the swiss pass would allow.
    Thanks,
    AVR
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  • Thank you Jeff for such a detailed reply. I will buy the swiss pass and follow the steps as advised by you. Regarding, train from Geneva to Venice, unfortunately I have already booked my tickets and cannot avail the discounts that the swiss pass would allow.
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    AVR
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  • I bought Eurail Pass for 3 countries (Germany, Austria and Switzerland), does this Eurail Pass cover the following transport in Switzerland?
    1. S33 from Schaffhausen to Winterthur
    2. S3 / S8 from Schaffhausen to Stein am Rhein
    3. S29 from Stein am Rhein to Zurich
    4. the bus in Luzern
    5. Inter-Region (IR) trains from Geneva rail station to Geneva Airport
    and is there any discount for Eurail pass holder to purchase transport ticket from Engelberg to Mt Titlis?

    thanks

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
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  • Is my 4 day Swiss Pass valid on the narrow guage railroad from Lucerne to Meirengin and Meirengen to Latterbrunnen
    ? Also on the bus to the Hasilbergs?

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    RR from Meirengen.
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    What do I need to do if I purchase a Swiss Pass and then want to go from Zurich to Innsbruck?
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