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 Geneva, 3 nights in Interlaken and 1 night in Zurich.

Please suggest an itinerary which will enable us to visit many of the interesting places, in and around these cities, to make the most of our trip. Kindly include some of the mountain tops like Mt.Titlis, and Jungfrau, since our sons are interested in sporting activities like skiing, ice skating, biking etc.

We intend to purchase 8 days Swiss Saver Passes for my spouse and I,a 8 days Youth Pass for our elder son and a free family card for the younger son. We want to travel between the cities by the Golden Pass railway for which we have to purchase separate tickets. Are there any better and more economical alternatives?

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Swiss Travel Itinerary and Swiss Pass

Hello there,

Unless there's a special personal reason why you've chosen to stay in Geneva for two days, I would rather spend time in Lausanne and the Swiss Riviera. Fare more interesting in my opinion.

I wrote a little something on what you can do in Lausanne here (scroll down the page).

Quick information for Lucerne and Jungfrau Region see here.

May is a little late for skiing, except on glaciers and I only recommend doing it if you are not beginners. You're out of luck as far as outdoor ice skating is concerned. However, Mount Titlis offers exciting outdoor adventures, including snowtubing and sledding in their Glacier Park, but also biking, hiking and trotti experiences.

The Golden Pass train trip from Montreux to Interlaken (and Lucerne) is included in all Swiss Passes. You don't have to buy an extra ticket. You will only have to purchase a seat reservation which is not included in any pass or ticket.

Your itinerary could look something like this:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Geneva and proceed to Lausanne (or if you arrive early in the day, explore Geneva and then travel to Lausanne)

  • Day 2: Explore Lausanne and the Swiss Riviera; Cruise Lake Geneva

  • Day 3: Travel by Golden Pass to Interlaken Ost and if time permits, head up to Harder Kulm for scenic views to Lakes Brienz, Thun and the mighty Bernese Alps

  • Day 4: Go up to Jungfraujoch (roundtrip Interlaken - Grindelwald - Kleine Scheidegg - Jungfraujoch - Kleine Scheidegg - Wengen - Lauterbrunnen - Interlaken. Buy the connecting ticket for Swiss Pass holder directly at the train station before you leave). Be prepared for an alternative day trip since going up to Jungfraujoch is only recommended in good weather. For example, visit Brienz and the Open Air Museum Ballenberg or the Beatus Caves instead, cruise Lake Thun or hike and bike along Lake Brienz

  • Days 5/6: Proceed from Interlaken to Lucerne. Take the cruise from Interlaken to Brienz and the regular train from there to Lucerne (no reservation necessary - same route as Golden Pass). Explore Lucerne; allow at least one full day for Mount Titlis

  • Day 7: It takes 45 minutes to an hour by train from Lucerne to Zürich. So if your flight home is not before late afternoon, you could do a quick city tour in Zürich. Trains between Zürich main station and the airport are very frequent and it takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes depending on the train.

If you decide to travel by public transport, one of the Pass options or Half Fare Card is the best choice. Since you are three paying adults, you could check if car rental would be a more economical way to travel.

Enjoy the journey!


Additional Info:

- A Family trip to Switzerland
- Overview of the Bernese Oberland
- Information on driving in Switzerland

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

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Modification of Itinerary
by: Sadaqat


Can I request you to modify above itinerary to fit within 04 Days. We are four adult and can go a bit extra to see whatever we can in these four days.

We will be arriving GVA on 19Sep at 0700am and plan departure is from ZRH at 0415pm.

Would you suggest to arrive at GVA and depart from ZRH airport considering time? Or shall we maintain either ZRH or GVA for our arrival and departure?


Hello Sadaqat,

Whether it's better to arrive in Geneva or Zürich depends on what you want to see and visit.

Arriving in GVA and departing from ZRH is a good idea if you want - let's say - visit Lausanne, Montreux and maybe the Lavaux vineyards, then take the Golden Pass train to Interlaken and Lucerne. I'd spend the last day in Zürich.

Hope that helps.

want to know mote about the passes
by: khushboo


We are a group of 10 people and want to explore London, Paris and switzerland. We want to visit Jungfraujoch, Mt Titlis and a cruise on Lake Lucerne. We have 2 children aging below 2 yrs. Please tell us about the Swiss Travel Pass and Half Fare Card with ticket or any kind of discounts we can get.

Hello Khushboo,

Here you find all pass option listed, and this is an example how you can figure out the best option for you.

If it turns out that a Half Fare Card is the best option for you, then here some tips for additional savings.

Happy travels,

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