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Should I buy a Rail Pass or a Half Fare Card?

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Switzerland Itineraries

Fine tuning my Swiss Itinerary
We are four adults and two children (aged 9 and 11) reaching Zurich at 1.30 on 8th June from New Delhi. We go straight to Lucerne. Plan to do a …

Visiting Switzerland in October
I will be travelling to Europe with my husband from 3 October to 15 October for two weeks. My plan is to travel from Paris to Switzerland on 7 October …

6 day Itinerary for Switzerland
We are planning to visit Switzerland coming September and I've made a rough itinerary as below. Could you kindly help me to fine tune it. …

4-Day Swiss Itinerary
We are planning a visit from 26/06 to 30/06 this year. We are 3 including my 14 year old daughter. Originally we wanted our tour to look …

10-day Swiss travel itinerary
I'm flying into Zurich from India on 17th of this month with my husband and 2 kids (6 yrs. and 12 yrs.) I've made a rough itinerary to make the best …

Visit to Switzerland
I along with my wife and 2 kids aged 7 and 3 are reaching Zürich airport from London at 10.00 am on 5th June. Our return flight is from Geneva to …

Switzerland in March
My family and I (fit mom, husband, and 2 girls ages 7 and 9) are traveling to Switzerland March 15-24 and need help planning this spur of the moment …

Best use of 7 days in Switzerland
Arriving and departing Zurich - Friday to Friday around 1 pm both times. May 4 to 10, 2013 Have 6 nights/7 days. No set plans for length of time …

Lake Constance Area
We Have Four Remaining Days - Best Use of Time and Rail Options. My husband and I will be arriving from the U.S. in late May, 2013 for a return to …

Help with my 4-day Switzerland itinerary
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 …

Swiss Riviera and Montreux
We will end a hiking tour of 7 days in Montreux July 24. Our flight leaves Geneva Friday at noon. My husband and I are trying to decide if we should …

A family trip to Switzerland
My name is Jose Murillo and I'm from Brazil. I'll be visiting Switzerland next May with my wife and two girls (6 and 8). We'll be arriving in Zurich …

7 Day Trip to Switzerland
I and my husband are planning to visit Switzerland from Aug 22 to Aug 29, arrival and depart from Zurich. I already bought a Swiss pass for …

Travel from Montreux to Interlaken by Golden Pass Line
Arriving at Geneva airport and plan to leave for Montreux on the same day with bags, after which we plan to leave for Chillon. Is it a long wait to …

Travelling to Zurich and Lucerne in December
I'm flying into Zurich on the 22nd and I'm wondering what the weather will be like, especially in terms of flight delays? My flight is direct from San …

7 days in Switzerland
We are living in Belgium for the last few years and will be visiting Switzerland next week for first time for 7 days. We will be staying in Interlaken …

Lake Geneva Area for 4 Days
We are 4 people travelling from France to Geneva in September this year and would be very interested in visiting the "not-to-miss things" there …

Family trip of 4 days
My husband, myself and our children (ages 16 and 11) will be visiting Switzerland for a few days. We arrive Sunday afternoon, early June, at Zurich airport. …

Swiss Riviera for 3 Days
We are 3 adults with only 2 nights and 3 days to see as much as we can of Switzerland. We fly into Geneva in August and take a train to Montreux arriving …

4 Day Trip to Switzerland
We plan is to visit Switzerland for 4 days in the beginning of May. We will be 5 adults and 1 child (4 yrs). We will be visiting from Paris. Would …

Swiss Travel Itinerary and Swiss Pass
My spouse and I with our 2 sons aged 18 and 13 years, plan on visiting Switzerland for 6 nights from May 12, 2013. We will be spending 2 nights in …

Family Trip to Switzerland
We are arriving in Zurich on May 23rd morning at 8:00 and departing on May 28th at 12:00 from Basel to Mumbai, India. Travelling with 2 kids(8 …

Help with Switzerland Itinerary
We are two adults (husband & wife) with a 5 year old and 3 months old from India. Our itinerary is as follows: Day 1: Arrive at Zurich around …

Switzerland Itinerary for 5 Days
My spouse and I will travel with our two kids (8 and 11) from the USA to Africa for leisure and safari (Kenya and Tanzania) for 3 weeks (I am having 3 …

12 Day Switzerland Itinerary
I chanced upon your website and liked it so much as you have provided lots of valuable info. I am a Singaporean and will be going to Switzerland from …

Switzerland for four days in February
I wish to travel to Switzerland on February 18th for four days. Do you feel it's a good season to travel? What about the climate and excursions available? …


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Swiss Rail Pass Options

City Transportation Switzerland
I am planning a trip to Switzerland in September and have read so much about the trains. However, I was wondering for example: my flight will land …

Understanding the Half Fare Pass
Traveling with two daughters (11 and 13). We will travel from Basel to Wengen for four days, returning to Basel where we will be for a week. Plan is to …

Swiss Saver Pass or Half Fare Card
I will be travelling to Switzerland with my husband and my 9-year-old-son in April for a total of 12 days. Entry and exit at Zurich airport. …

Eurail Austria Switzerland Pass for 4 days
I plan to buy a Eurail Austria Switzerland pass for 4 days of travel...

Swiss Pass Promotions

Swiss Pass Promotions change every year. If there are any, I list them on this page.

2 for 1 Swiss Pass
I will be travelling from Geneva to Luzern on 13th - 16th April. May I know whether there is 2 for 1 Swiss Pass promotion like 2012? …

2 for 1 Swiss Saver Pass promotion
I'll be holidaying in Switzerland for 10 days with 3 of my friends this September. Saw from the internet that there is a 2 for 1 promotion for …

15 Days Swiss Pass
Have read with confusion on many websites on whether we can purchase the 15 days Saver Swiss pass upon arrival at Zurich airport. I've checked in the …

Swiss Saver Pass or Half Fare Card
I will be travelling to Switzerland with my wife in August 2012 for a total of 8 days. We will stay for 4 days in Luzern and for 4 days in Interlaken. …

Travel from Zurich to Geneva
Please can somebody tell me if I have to pay for a ticket from Zürich to Geneva when I purchase the Swiss pass for 8 days or is it included? I will …

Swiss Half Fare Card or Swiss Pass
I am planning a trip to Switzerland with my family (2 seniors, 2 adults, 1 youth) this June! As I'm utterly confused by the different types of passes and cards …

To Purchase a Swiss Pass or not?
I am trying to decide if I need to purchase a Swiss Pass (which type) for travel between Zurich - Grindelwald. I will be staying in Grindelwald for 2 …

Swiss Passes or Point to Point Tickets with local city fare card
I will be travelling and spending 10 days in Switzerland in the following sequence...

Train from Luzern to Milano, Italy
I would like to travel by train from Luzern, Switzerland to Milan, Italy. How can I check price and timetable? And where can I buy the ticket? …

Swiss Card versus Half Fare Card
I don't really understand the difference between the two options. The Swiss Card seems awfully expensive compared to the Half Fare Card. I will arrive …

Swiss Rail Travel
My husband and I plan to visit Switzerland in June for 16 days. My Swiss rail travel itinerary is: Day 1: Arrive at Zürich airport, take train …

Best Swiss Pass or Card Option
We are 4 adults, 2 senior citizens and 2 kids below 12 (family outing). This is my itinerary...

To buy Swiss Saver pass or not?
Me and my husband plan to go to Switzerland this February and the itinerary as such...

Is buying a Swiss Pass the best option?
I will be travelling to Switzerland from Germany (Mannheim) in December, specifically Zurich and Zermatt for skiing. I am wondering whether I should …

Swiss Pass or Swiss Card
We will travel by car from Prague via Austria to Cannobio, Italy, and explore the Ticino from there. Generally we will travel around by car but our …

Swiss Half Fare Card
My wife and I are from Australia and are hiring a car in Austria and will be travelling by car in Switzerland late August for approx. 14 days. …

Transportation for four days in Switzerland
My friends and I will be visiting Switzerland for 4 days this coming August. There are four of us - all undergraduates (21-23 years old). We plan to …

Swiss Saver Pass 4 Days
Travelling to Switzerland this September. Arriving 8am on September 19 and taking the Bernina Express on September 23. We are planning to get the "2for1" …


Answers to…
Miscellaneous questions

Airport departure tax
Many thanks for your kind advice and the informative link provided by you on "Switzerland Travel Advice". Forgot to check with you …

Self Catering Bern Accommodations
I travel frequently to Berne, and I am tired of staying in Hotels. I tried to find self-catering apartments but I am not finding anything. There are all …

Car Rental in Switzerland
I plan to be in Zürich the 29th of September for 2 nights. I want to visit Laufenburg where my father was born. My concern is the time of …

Foreign Currencies
Need to know whether US and Euro dollars are accepted in Switzerland? And are there money changers at Zurich airport or any of the …

Swisscom SIM Card
By chance, do you know if I can purchase a "SwissCom Natel Easy be Free" SIM card right in Geneva airport? There is conflicting information on the internet …

Baggage transfer while hiking in Switzerland
My husband and I are going to hike the Haute Route in September. We land in Geneva and will transport to Chamonix for the start of the hike. We would …

Fined for minor car accident
I was fined by police after a minor car accident in Switzerland. Collision with a van at under 10 kph. No damage to the van but my lights broke so towed …

Factory Outlets in Switzerland
Michelle here. I wanted to know if you could recommend any factory outlets in Switzerland? I know about the Fox Factory but would be interested …

Electrical Adapter and Converter
I live in America. I will be visiting Switzerland in a month and I have a question regarding the electrical adapter and/or converter that I need to purchase …

Jodlerfest Davos 2014
My wife is from Switzerland and we go there often. This year at her insistence, we went to the Jodlerfest in Interlaken. None of her family in Switzerland …

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