Trip to Italy & Switzerland. Going from Rome or Milan to Wengen. Otherwise, Rome-Florence-Tuscany-Venice-Milan.

We are planning a trip to italy and switzerland! So many options of passes hence getting Clueless about selection of passes. *Which pass should we take to travel from Rome or Milan to Wengen. Is Italian flexi pass a viable option?*Which pass is suitable to travel from one city to another in italy? Rome to Florence to tuscany to Venice OR Milan. *While in Italy is it better to rent a car and roam around intercity or travelling via train? What saves more time, and hassle. We are 2 adults and one infant. Seems like renting and train passes might be same cost wise.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) January 16, 2019 15:32
    Hi Samreen,

    The pass you purchase depends on the countries. If you’ll be traveling in more than 1 country, you would purchase the Eurail Global Pass. If you’ll be traveling in one country, you would just purchase the single country pass for that country.

    A rail pass covers trains running ‘inter-city’ (between different cities) within the country or countries included on the pass.

    Therefore, the Eurail Italy Pass does not cover travel in Switzerland, and the Swiss Travel Pass does not cover trains in Italy.

    Note: There are a couple notable exceptions with regard to the Swiss Travel Pass. One exception is the route from Brig to Locarno via Domodossola. This route passes through Italy, but the Swiss Travel Pass would still be valid. The other exception is the Bernina bus between Lugano and Tirano.

    If you'll just be doing either of the routes you laid out above, then I would just recommend purchasing regular tickets instead of a rail pass. It really just depends on the specifics of what you'll be doing.

    You would purchase tickets by searching a route under 'BOOK TRAIN TICKETS' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

    Milan (or Rome) to Wengen

    Connections from Milan to Wengen take 4 to 4.5 hours in duration and involve at least 3 train changes along the way; once in Spiez, once in Interlaken, and then once in Lauterbrunnen. In certain cases, there will be another train change in Brig in between Milan and Spiez. When checking schedules and purchasing tickets for a trip from Milan to Wengen, you would just have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment (i.e. one search from Milan to Spiez, another search for connecting trains from Spiez to Interlaken, another search for connecting trains from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, and then another search for connecting trains from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen).

    If starting in Rome, you would first just have to take a direct high-speed train up to Milan. Trains from Rome to Milan are high-speed Frecciarossa or Italo trains.

    Generally, trains from Rome to Milan and Milan to Brig or Milan to Spiez can be booked once within 120 days of an intended departure date. Tickets for trains within Switzerland (Brig to Spiez, Spiez to Interlaken, Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, and Lauterbrunnen to Wengen) call can only be booked within 60 days of an intended departure date.

    Trains from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen follow along the scenic Bernese Oberland Railway, and the short trip from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen runs along the Wengernalp Railway.

    If you'll be staying in Wengen, I assume you'd be planning to make the trek up to Jungfraujoch while you're there. If that is the case, you would need to purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Grindelwald or Wengen to Jungfraujoch' (Low-season, Mid-season, or High-season option depending on when you'll be taking the trip) option of a pass called the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe'. For this pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315.

    The 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' would cover you for a round-trip on the Wengernalp Railway from Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg and then the Jungfrau Railway from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch.

    On the 'Jungfrau Railway' segment between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' and have to be made locally at the stations in either Interlaken (Interlaken Ost), Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen.

    Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.

    At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.

    Rome-Florence-Venice-Milan

    For your itinerary that consists solely of travel in Italy, you could purchase the single country Eurail Italy Pass, but regular tickets would work out to be more economical for the cities you mentioned. There are direct high-speed trains between Rome, Florence, Venice, and Milan. Tuscany is a region, and Florence is in Tuscany.

    Once again, you would purchase tickets by searching a route under 'BOOK TRAIN TICKETS' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

    Generally, trains in Italy can be booked once within 120 days of an intended departure date.
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