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What is the difference between a Swiss Pass & a Swiss E-Pass? We want to ride the GoldenPass on our way.

My son and I are traveling from Italy to Murren. Arriving Murren June 24 and then departing for Germany on June 28. We would like to ride the Golden Pass from Murren to Lucerne on our way to Germany.

I want to purchase a Swiss pass but I do not know what the difference is between a Swiss pass and a Swiss epass. Is the Swiss pass or epass the best purchase or would we be better off purchasing the regional pass?

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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 15, 2015 14:39
    Thank you for your question.

    The best option to cover an itinerary would depend on the specifics of the itinerary itself and various other factors. If you would like assistance determining the best option for an itinerary such as this one, you would call us at 1-800-622-8600.

    The Swiss Travel Pass and the Swiss Travel 'E-Pass' are both just rail passes to cover travel in Switzerland. These passes would not cover travel in Italy or Germany. The regular Swiss Travel Pass is issued as a physical document that would have to be shipped to you, while the Swiss Travel E-Pass is issued electronically and would be printed at home.

    The electronic version would also have to be 'pre-validated', which means you would have to choose your 'first date of validity' at the time of purchase. The first date of validity just refers to the first day you plan to use the pass. Note: An order for the electronic version would not be processed and issued until 60 days from the date you choose as your first date of validity.

    In contrast, the non-electronic version would not be 'pre-validated'; it would just have to be validated for first use at any point within 6 months from the date is purchased. You would validate this pass at the station before boarding your first train.

    The electronic version is also only offered in 'consecutive' form, whereas the non-electronic version is offered in both 'consecutive' and 'flexi' form. A 'flexipass' allows for a set number of travel days, which must be completed within a time frame (that time frame being 1 month in the case of the Swiss Travel Pass).

    In contrast, the 'consecutive' passes allow for unlimited train travel within a set time frame. For instance, if you were to purchase the 8 day consecutive version of the Swiss Travel Pass, then you would be entitled to unlimited travel within that time frame of 8 days.

    You would purchase either of these versions of the Swiss Travel Pass by clicking here:

    Please note, Mürren is not a stop of the GoldenPass scenic route. The full route of the GoldenPass runs between Montreux and Lucerne. The connection on the GoldenPass between Montreux and Lucerne involves 2 train changes en route; once in Zweisimmen and then once in Interlaken. The closest point to Mürren along this route is Interlaken, which is about 50 minutes away by train. A connection from Mürren to Interlaken involves changing trains once in Lauterbrunnen along the way.

    Schedules for trains from Mürren to Lauterbrunnen are not able to be viewed on our website, but the ride only takes about 20 minutes and the trains depart once every 30 minutes. You can check schedules for trains from Lauterbrunnen to Interlaken by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our website and entering the cities. You can view schedules for the GoldenPass here as well; you would just have to do a separate search for each segment (i.e. one search for trains from Montreux to Zweisimmen, another search for connecting trains from Zweisimmen to Interlaken, and another search for connecting trains from Interlaken to Lucerne). If you just want to go straight from Mürren to Lucerne, then you would only do the one segment of the GoldenPass from Interlaken to Lucerne.

    If it happens that you end up purchasing a Swiss Travel Pass (or Swiss Travel E-Pass), then ticket costs for the full route of the GoldenPass would be covered. However, it would be highly recommended that reservations be purchased for the segment between Montreux and Zweisimmen. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, entering the cities, and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with when you're prompted (i.e. the Swiss Travel Pass). These trains can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    For the segment between Zweisimmen and Lucerne (via Interlaken), the rail pass is all you would need to board. The Swiss Travel Pass (and Swiss Travel E-Pass) would also be valid to cover trains from Mürren to Lauterbrunnen and Lauterbrunnen to Interlaken.
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