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Help needed on Paris Swiss itinerary and Swiss Travel Pass.

Hi there,

Need your help and advice on our Paris Swiss itinerary and Swiss Travel Pass..

I am traveling to Paris and Swiss for a 15 day trip. Large Family of seven - 2 adults, 4 children under 11 and 1 infant. Planning first week in Paris and next week in Swiss. Need guidance on multiple areas:

1. Flight landing in Geneva on 22nd June 2017 (because flights to Paris are very expensive) . Planning to take TGV Lyria to Paris. Will it be useful to buy Swiss Travel Pass for TGV? If yes, how many - Are 2 STP flexi for 8 days in a month enough? I understand children can travel free with our 2 passes. Will activate the pass for 1 day. Will keep the remaining 7 days for my Swiss itinerary.

Or is it better to take easyjet flight?

2. 4 days stay within Paris city and 3 days stay near Disney land. Is this good or shall i stay all 7 days in one hotel? I understand there are some laser shows in the evening at Disney which kids will love; hence want to stay closer to Disneyland. Also, will it make sense to rent a car on these days at Disney just in case we are late at Disney? Or is Paris Pass enough? Also do I have to buy Paris pass for all in the family or only adults?

3. Next stop from Paris to Swiss - Considering my family, is it worth staying in Zurich for 2 days and then 2 in Lucerne? or shall i direct make my hub in Lucerne for 3/4 days and visit the nearby attractions with day trips like Rhine Falls, mount titlis, choc factory etc. ?

4. Was planning to make 2 days in Wengen to cover Jungfraujoch and surrounding area. Is there a way to still take the Golden Pass train or is it too long?

5. Then 2 days to Montreux where we viist the Rochers De Naye in the morning and the Chillon Castle in the evening. Then proceed to Geneva for our flight back.

6. I am planning to reactivate my remaining 7 days of Swiss Travel Pass once I am back in Swiss from Paris.

Appreciate all your valuable inputs and support.

Regards,

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Rail Europe Posted 2 years ago

Hello Shuaib,

Thanks for the question.

As per your Itinerary it is best to purchase Swiss Travel Pass for your travel in Switzerland. You can select the validity in your Pass depending on your Itinerary and travel plan.

Children below 4 years can travel for free hence you do not have to include them in the booking. Children from the age 4 – 15 years have to be added under “Child in family card” and is applicable if children are accompanied by at least one parent having a Swiss Travel Pass.

To purchase Swiss Travel Pass click “Here”.

For your travel in Paris, you can purchase Paris Pass. Kindly note, with a Paris Pass, you can travel only in Paris. The closest train station to Disneyland is Marne la Valle and you will need to purchase point to point ticket from Paris to Marne la Valle as it is not included in the Pass.

You will need to purchase Paris Pass for 4 to 11 years old as Child rate applies for children in that age group. Children below 4 years can travel for free.

To purchase Paris Pass click “Here”.

With a Swiss Travel Pass you will avail passholder fares from Paris to Interlaken/Zurich/Bern/Lausanne only on direct TGV Lyria train for which you will need to purchase seat reservations with a Pass. Kindly note, 1 day will be counted on your Pass.

As you wish to travel from Geneva to Paris, there are no passholder fares on this route. Hence you can travel from Lausanne to Paris only on direct TGV Lyria train.

We cannot comment on the destinations to be visited or any other mode of transport.

Swiss Travel Pass Details –

Children below 16 years are free if accompanied by at least one parent having a Swiss Pass. We issue a Swiss family card for children.

With a Swiss Travel Pass you can travel free within Switzerland on the STS (Swiss Travel System) network on trains, buses and boats. Also with a Swiss Pass you would get discounts on mountain excursions within Switzerland. These discounts can only be availed locally by showing your Swiss Pass to the ticketing office in Switzerland.

With a Swiss Travel Pass you can travel free on intercity trains within Switzerland. You will require compulsory seat reservations on Scenic trains.

In order to book seat reservations, please visit our website.

The pass seats can be reserved by clicking on “Seat Reservations” & feed in the Departure city and the Arrival city along with the travel date and preferred time & the number of passengers (Senior, adults, youth and children), and then click on “search tickets”. Once you do so, you would find the schedules along with the fares.

Please click on the “Fare Details” tab to view details regarding the type of fare, type of seat, whether a reservation is included or not and the After Sales Policy.

Hope this helps!!!

Best Regards,

Leora, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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Hi Leora,

Thank you very much for your response.

I am trying to purchase TGV Lyria ticket from en.voyages-sncf.com

Which discount option should i select to use my STP? It does not show the option for STP

Also if I have to use TGV Lyria from Lausanne, do you suggest to buy a separate ticket from Geneva airport to Lausanne?

Just to be safe (in case of flight delay), do you suggest go to Lausanne station and buy the TGV Lyria ticket using my STP?

How many STP do I need to buy (as stated earlier we are seven - 2 adults, 4 children and 1 baby)? How many children can I add in one STP?

Also, Is STP available for Print at Home?

Appreciate all your support and help.

Thank you in advance.

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Hello Shuaib,

Thanks for your reply.

As that is a completely different website, we cannot comment on it. Also, for discount on the website, you can click on Deals which is on the homepage of the website.

With a Swiss Travel Pass you can travel free on intercity trains within Switzerland. You will require compulsory seat reservations on Scenic trains. As Geneva Airport to Lausanne is via intercity train, you do not have to purchase seat reservations for this route as you can travel free with your Pass. Kindly note, 1 day will be counted on your Pass. A travel day is from 12:00 am to 23:59 pm during which you can take as many trips you wish.

We suggest that you allow at least 2 hours from your scheduled arrival into the airport to make your rail connection. This will allow time for any delays, to clear customs, gather your luggage and make your way to the rail platform. However, if you wish to purchase seat reservations locally from the train station you can which are subject to availability.

With a Swiss Travel pass, children below 16 years can travel free when accompanied by a Parent having Swiss Travel Pass. You can add upto 5 children with 1 Adult Pass. You will need to select 2 Adults and 4 children and children have to be entered under “Child in Family card”. As children below 4 years travel for free, you do not have to include infant in the Pass.

There are 2 printing options for Swiss Travel Pass:

- Continuous Pass is Print @ Home and you will receive the Pass in your email within 72 hours. You will then need to print the Pass on an A4 size paper and carry for your travel.

- Flexible Pass is Paper Ticket. Once the Pass is booked on the website it will be shipped to your address and you will receive the Pass within 8 business days.

Hope this helps!!!

Best Regards,

Leora, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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