Zurich-Interlaken-Jungfrau-Zermatt-Geneva

Aloha, my travel plans are to hike and enjoy the scenery in the Interlaken area & Zermatt area (can you also recommend what you think would be the best places to hike around each- jungfrau, wengen, or murren near Interlaken? And I'm clueless what options are around Zermatt). Then end in Geneva. Should I begin from Zurich or from Geneva to get to Interlaken? (which is faster? which is more scenic?) Is there another location that is more "wow-ing" than these two? I have from June 3rd to June 7th. Will the Swiss Travel Pass be sufficient? thank you:)
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 22, 2015 19:47
    Hi.

    Please disregard my previous responses to this question. I didn’t notice that you had also mentioned Zermatt as part of your itinerary, and that changes things a little bit. I apologize for any confusion.

    Since you’ll be going to Zermatt, as well as Interlaken, that would rule out the ‘Swiss Transfer Ticket’. It also wouldn’t be nearly as feasible to do the GoldenPass route in between Zermatt and either Geneva or Zurich.

    Since the ‘Swiss Transfer Ticket’ is ruled out, your best option would instead be to purchase the ‘Swiss Travel Pass’. You would purchase the Swiss Travel Pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html.

    You could still take the GoldenPass route (via Lucerne) to travel between Zurich and Interlaken (the actual GoldenPass route being the segment Lucerne and Interlaken), and you could still take the GoldenPass route (via Montreux and Zweisimmen) to travel between Geneva and Interlaken (the actual GoldenPass route being the segments between Montreux and Interlaken).

    A connection between Interlaken and Zermatt would take just over 2 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes en route; once in Spiez and then once in Visp.

    A connection between Zermatt and Zurich would take just under 3.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Visp along the way.

    A connection between Zermatt and Geneva would take just under 4 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Visp along the way.

    For planning purposes, you can check schedules by clicking on ‘Find Fares & Schedules’ on our homepage and entering a route. The GoldenPass options I mentioned between Interlaken and either Zurich and Geneva; however, aren’t the most direct routes between these locations. Therefore, these options would need to be pieced together when you do your search. For a connection between Zurich and Interlaken, this would involve doing one search for the Zurich-Lucerne segment and another search for the Lucerne-Interlaken segment. For a connection between Geneva and Interlaken, it would involve doing one search for the Geneva-Montreux segment, another search for the Montreux-Zweisimmen segment, and another search for the Zweisimmen-Interlaken segment.

    Of all these trains, reservations would only be recommended on trains between Montreux and Zweisimmen. If you decide to take this train as part of a connection between Geneva and Interlaken, then you would purchase passholder reservations by clicking on ‘Book your Rail Pass Reservations’ on our homepage (instead of ‘Find Fares & Schedules’), entering the cities (Montreux to Zweisimmen or Zweisimmen to Montreux), and indicating that you’ll be traveling with a ‘Swiss Travel Pass’ when prompted. Trains between Montreux and Zweisimmen can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    The Swiss Travel Pass is all you would need to board all of your other trains, as reservations would not be necessary.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 22, 2015 19:48
    With the Swiss Travel Pass, you would be covered as far as Grindelwald or Wengen on the trek up to Jungfraujoch from Interlaken. Considering this, you would purchase the ‘Grindelwald or Wengen to Jungfraujoch for Swiss Travel Pass Holder’ option of the ‘Jungfraujoch Top of Europe’ in order to be covered for the segment between Grindelwald or Wengen and Jungfraujoch.

    Grindelwald and Wengen represent the 2 different routes you can take for travel between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch, as one route goes via Grindelwald and the other via Wengen. Both of these routes involve 2 changes along the way. The option that goes via Grindelwald involves changing in Grindelwald and then Kleine Scheidegg. The option that goes via Wengen involves changing in Lauterbrunnen and then Kleine Scheidegg (Wengen itself is a stop of the train between Lauterbrunnen and Kleine Scheidegg.)

    A one-way between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch only takes about 2.5 hours in duration at the minimum (between Grindelwald or Wengen and Jungfraujoch, it would take only 1.5 hours).

    Reservations are not accepted for any part of the trip between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch. The ‘Jungfraujoch Top of Europe’ is an open voucher that you would use to hop on any of these trains on the journey up to Jungfraujoch and back. The journey with the ‘Jungfraujoch Top of Europe’ (between Grindelwald or Wengen and Jungfraujoch) would just have to be completed within a time period of 24 hours.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 22, 2015 19:48
    For when you’re in Zermatt, the Swiss Travel Pass would enable you to receive a 50% discount on the 'Gornergratbahn' cogwheel railway between Zermatt and Gornergrat.

    In Gornergrat, there is an observatory with spectacular views of the Matterhorn. To receive the 50% discount, you would purchase the 'Zermatt to Gornergrat for Swiss Travel Pass Holder' option of the ‘Gornergrat Mountain Peak’ pass. You would purchase this here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/gornergrat/index.html.

    You can also do the ‘Matterhorn Glacier Paradise’ when you’re in Zermatt, which would involve taking a gondola from Zermatt to Furi, cable car from Furi to Trockener Steg, and then a cable car from Trockener Steg to Klein Matterhorn (the highest cable car in Europe). With the Swiss Travel Pass, you would be able to receive a 50% discount on the gondola and the cable cars. To receive this discount, you would purchase the 'Zermatt to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise for Swiss Travel Pass Holder' option of the ‘Matterhorn Glacier Paradise’. You would purchase this pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/matterhorn-glacier-paradise/index.html.
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