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Help with my 4-day Switzerland itinerary

by Carol
(Manila, Philippines)

Help! Which is the best ticket for my Switzerland itinerary?

Day 1 - Zurich-Lucerne (upon arrival, I will be doing a Lucerne city tour by hopping on to buses or trams)

Day 2 - Lucerne - Mt. Titlis - Lucerne (where else can I go after Mt. Titlis?)

Day 3 - Lucerne -Grindelwald - Jungfraujoch (Top of Europe)

Day 4 - Grindelwald - Geneva Airport


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4-Day Switzerland itinerary




Hello Carol,

Please check my help page to figure out if a Swiss Pass or Half Fare Card is right for you. Although I suspect without even checking that a Half Fare Card would be the way to go.

Lucerne is easily discovered on foot. You can do that on your own or with a guided tour. The Tourism Office is located right in the train station. Get the free visitors card there or at the hotel and you receive discounts on many attractions and the classic guided walking tour would cost you only CHF 2.

There's a neat app available for a self-guided city tour.

I'd say Titlis is almost enough excitement for a day. The train ride to Engelberg - from where you take the mountain ride up to the Titlis - takes about 50 minutes each way. There are so many fun things to do, for example: a thrilling cliff walk on the highest suspension bridge, snowtubing in the Glacier park (even in summer, depending on the weather until August or September), a funTrotti bike return trip from Gerschnialp station to Engelberg, or various hiking trails will keep you busy for most of the day.

Area map of Lake Lucerne and Mount Titlis

If time permits, touring Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee) is a must. There are many options to choose from… just plain and simple hop on a regular boat or take one of the culinary round trip cruises.

The mountain ride from Engelberg up to the Titlis is not included in any pass. And neither is the trip from Grindelwald (and Wengen) up to Jungfraujoch. But both allow for discounted fares for holders of any rail pass, including half fare card.

Tip: if you choose Interlaken Ost instead of Grindelwald as a base, you could take the roundtrip Grindelwald - Jungfraujoch - back via Wengen and Lauterbrunnen to Interlaken (stunning views from Wengen). There are special ticket offers available - all can be purchased at the train station right before you leave. I can't stress enough to take the trip up to Jungfrau only if the weather is good, so don't buy any tickets in advance (there are enough 'bad weather options ' to choose from in the Bernese Oberland) . If you travel in summer there are either the Good Morning/Good Afternoon Tickets or the "Connecting Jungfrau Ticket", for the latter, you either would use up a Swiss Pass travel day for the rest of the journey or buy a 50% discounted ticket with the half fare card.

view from Wengen to Lauterbrunnen
View from Wengen to Lauterbrunnen and its Staubbachfälle (water falls)


Enjoy your whirlwind tour through Switzerland.

Fida



PS: Please do share a few photos of your Swiss experience. I'd be delighted to hear from you.

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Thankful!
by: Carol

Wow!!! Thank you for the information & tips!!!! It will help a lot :) Looking forward to visiting your beautiful country ✈✈✈

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by: Anonymous

You are welcome Carole :)

What I forgot to mention is that there's, next to the Free Visitors Card also a so-called Lucerne Card, which offers free public transport along with other discounts. However, the Lucerne Card is not free and how much you could profit from it really depends on how much time you spend in Lucerne.

If you have time, the Gletschergarten is a fun place to visit, and with the free Visitors Card you'd pay CHF 10 instead of CHF 6 with the Lucerne Card. It's only about a 15 minute walk from the train station.

Enjoy your trip!
Fida


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