What is best option for family of 5 from Como, Italy to Interlaken, 4 nights, then on to Paris?

I'm trying to figure out the best rail option for our family. We have 3 kids traveling from Lake Como into Interlaken area this July. We will spend 4 nights there and want to travel around train/tram/boat. On day 5 we want to take the train to Paris. Would love to get idea on the best pass or tickets to buy. We have a car in Italy, and at first were going to take the car into Switzerland, but it looks more fun to travel by train. Would love to get idea on the best pass or tickets to buy! Thank you
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) February 20, 2015 22:57
    Thank you for your question, Angela.

    You would purchase tickets and check schedules under 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage.

    A connection from Como to Interlaken would involve changing trains at least 2 train changes en route; once in Milan and then once in Spiez. In some cases, there may be another train change in Brig in between Milan and Spiez. When purchasing tickets and checking schedules for this route, you would just break up your search once in Milan and then once in Spiez. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Como to Milan, another search for the part of the connection from Milan to Spiez, and then another search for connecting trains from Spiez to Interlaken.

    A connection from Interlaken to Paris involves changing trains once in Basel along the way. For this route, you can just do one search from Interlaken all the way to Paris when purchasing tickets and checking schedules on our site. The trains from Basel to Paris are high-speed 'TGV Lyria' trains.

    The trains that comprise of your itinerary can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. Since your intended travel happens to fall outside of this time frame, you would just enter a more imminent date, some time within the next 90 days, to get an idea of the ticket costs and view schedules when searching these routes on our site.

    For your time in Interlaken, you might want to consider purchasing either the 'Swiss Half Fare Card' or the 'Jungfrau VIP Pass'. The Swiss Half Fare Card would entitle you to receive a 50% discount on any travels you do in the region. The Jungfrau VIP Pass would be valid to cover any travel in the Jungfraujoch region between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch over the course of 3 days. This would include travel on the routes between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch via Grindelwald or via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. Other stations this pass covers include Zweilütschinen, Wilderswil, Kleine Scheidegg, Eigergletscher, and Jungfraujoch.
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  • Thanks Jeff! What about Milan to Lucern then Interlaken? We have option of dropping the car in Milan. I also thought there may be a train from Bern to Paris. I appreciate your help. Angela
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) February 23, 2015 15:57
    You're welcome, Angela.

    You would check and ticket costs under 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage.

    There is a direct train from Milan to Lucerne; however, most connections from Milan to Lucerne would involve changing trains once along the way in either Arth Goldau, Zug, or Olten.

    There are then direct trains from Lucerne to Interlaken. The trains from Lucerne to Interlaken operate along a scenic route called the 'GoldenPass' line.

    There are direct 'TGV Lyria' trains from Bern to Paris.

    These trains also can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. Since your intended travel falls outside of this time frame, you would just use an earlier date, some time within the next 90 days, to get an idea of the ticket costs and view schedules when searching these trains on our site.
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