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Swiss Pass Transfer

Hi!

We are a group of 5 adults from India, travelling to Paris -

Brugge -Amsterdam-Switzerland-Barcelona in the month of May 2018. We solicit

your expert advice on our travel plan and the Pass that we should be using

while at Switzerland. We plan to buy 4 days Swiss pass. This is our tentative itinerary

of Switzerland:

26th May –

Amsterdam to Geneva by early morning flight.

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Geneva to Lucerne by morning train. (Does Swiss

Travel Pass cover this jourmey)

27th May – Lucerne to Mt. Titlis & return by

evening. Same day we plan to move from

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Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen by late-afternoon train.

28th May – Lauterbrunnen to Jungfraujoch early

morning & return so that we leave

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Lauterbrunnen to Zermatt by early-evening train.

29th May – Zermatt to Geneva by late morning

train.

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Geneva city tour & Night Stay

30th May – Geneva to Barcelona by early morning

flight.

Q.1. Please suggest the best suited Swiss Pass for this

itinerary.

Q.2. Would the train journeys from a) Geneva to Lucerne, b) Lucerne

to Lauterbrunnen, c) Lauterbrunnen to Zermatt and d) Zermatt to Geneva be covered

by the Swiss Travel Pass? Or are these Scenic Train Journeys for which we need

to pre-book seats?

Q.3. What would be the approximate tour duration for Mt.

Titlis from Lucerne and Jungfraujoch from Lauterbrunnen?

Q4. Is buying tickets from Rail Europe cheaper than SCB site?

Q5. How will we get the tickets if we book on these sites?

Q6. As we will move from Paris to Brugge, we understand that

there is no direct train and so is it necessary to book both the tickets (Paris

to Brussels and Brussels to Brugge) together or can we book separately? What if

2nd train (Brussels to Brugge) is missed due to any delay of the

train from Paris to Brussels?

Q7. What is the best way to go to Geithoorn from Brugge, if

we plan a nightstay?

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Rail Europe Posted 1 year ago

Hello Mohammad,

Thanks for the question.

As per your Itinerary you can purchase Swiss Travel Pass and you can select the validity 4 days continuous as your travel dates in Switzerland are from 26th May to 29th May.

To purchase the Pass click "Here".

For your travel to Paris - Brugge - Amsterdam, you can purchase point to point tickets as below:

PARIS NORD - BRUGGE with 1 connection at BRUXELLES MIDI - 2h 40m

BRUGGE - AMSTERDAM CS with 1 connection at BRUXELLES MIDI - 3h 11m

You can refer to the below details:

- Geneva to Lucerne - Seat reservation not required.

- Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen - You will need to break and book as below:

Lucerne to Interlaken - Golden Pass Line which is a scenic train - Seat reservation not mandatory on this route but recommended as it is a scenic train.

Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen - Seat reservation not required

- Lauterbrunnen to Zermatt - You will need to break and book as below:

Lauterbrunnen to Interlaken - Seat reservation not required

Interlaken to Zermatt - Seat reservation not required

- Zermatt to Geneva - Seat reservation not required

We cannot comment on any other website. You can purchase the Pass and tickets on our website.

There are 3 printing options on the website i.e. Paper Ticket , Print @ Home and Print @ station and different sectors have different printing options which is set by the managing railways.

The printing option for Swiss Travel Pass continuous is Print @ Home where you will receive the Pass in your email id within 72 hours. You will need to print the Pass on an A4 size paper and carry for your travel.

You can check the printing options for the tickets on our website once you reach the Shopping Cart page.

As Paris to Brugge is via Brussels, you do not have to break and book each sector separately as there are trains with 1 connection on the website which you can book directly. The same applies to Brugge to Amsterdam sector.

Please note that generally, connecting time of 15 minutes is required for you to board your next train provided that you have minimum luggage. The published schedule allows enough time for connecting trains.

As there are no trains to Giethoorn, the closest train station is Meppel.

- Brugge to Meppel via Brussels and Amsterdam - 4h 32m.

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, boats and trams. 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 tickets, please visit our website.

You would need to 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. You need to select the fare which is preferable to you and then add it to Cart. Once added, you need to mention the names of the passengers to make the payment on the next page.

Hope this helps!!!

Best Regards,

Leora, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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Hello Leora!

Thank you so much for the detailed information. We have a few more queries though.

1. Do we have to book tickets from the website even if we buy the Swiss Travel Pass?

2. From where can the seats be reserved for the Scenic train journeys?

3. How do we book the tickets for Mt.Titlis and Jungfraujoch?

Thanks and Regards,

Md. Irfan.

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Hello Md. Irfan,

Thanks for your reply.

1. If you are referring to purchasing point to point tickets to Paris - Brugge - Amsterdam, you will need to purchase tickets for this sector on the website and Swiss Travel Pass.

2. Seat reservations for scenic trains can be booked on our website itself.

To visit our website, click "Here".

You can follow the seat reservation procedure for scenic trains as below which is for pass seat reservation:

Kindly note that pass seats can be reserved by clicking on "I have a rail Pass" on the home page of our website under "Book Train tickets" & then select the name of the pass and 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". Once you do so, you would find the schedules along with the fares.

3. The route to Jungfraujoch is as follows:

Interlaken – Grindelwald/ Lauterbrunnen – Jungfraujoch.

Interlaken – Grindelwald/ Lauterbrunnen : Free with the Swiss Pass

Grindelwald/ Lauterbrunnen– Jungfraujoch : Mountain Train/Cable Car ride, has to be booked locally. You will get a discount with the Swiss Travel Pass.

The route to Mt Titlis is as follows:

Lucerne – Engelberg – Titlis

Lucerne – Engelberg : Free with the Swiss Pass.

Engelberg to Mt Titlis – cable car ride. You will have to book this sector locally. With a Swiss Pass you will get discounts on mountain excursions.

Hope this helps!!!

Kind Regards,

Leora, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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Hi Leora!

Thanks for all the help.

We have a few questions regarding the City Passes that we should use during our travel.

1. Which is a better option for Paris - Paris Pass or Paris Lib? We are staying there for 4 days and wish to see most of the city's attractions including Palace of Versailles.

2. Is there a City Card/Pass available for Brugge? Where can we get some information about it?

2. We plan to travel to Zaanse Schans, Volendam, Marken, Den Hague and Delft from Amsterdam. While at Amsterdam, we wish to visit sites that are covered both by the Holland Pass and the IAmsterdam City Card. Which one should we get so that our entry as well as travel within Amsterdam and region can be covered?

3. How do you suggest we travel from Barcelona to Costa Brava for a day trip? We plan to visit just one or two of the beaches and spend the day there and return the same day to Barcelona. Our place of accommodation is 20 mins to airport and not in city centre.

4. Please suggest alternative passes, if any, which will cover both our travel and entry to sites and regions.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks & Regards

Irfan

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Hello Irfan,

Thanks for your reply.

For your travel within Paris, you can purchase Paris Pass which has a validity of 4 days.

To purchase Paris Pass click "Here".

As we do not sell Paris Lib, we cannot comment on it. You will need to check the same locally.

We do not sell Brugge city Pass hence we cannot comment on it.

We do have Benelux Pass on our website which consists of Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg. With this Pass you can travel by train from one city to another city. Local transport is not included. You can check under Benefits section on the Pass page for additional benefits with a Pass.

For your travel to Zaanse Schans, Volendam, Marken from Amsterdam, you will need to travel by local transport from Amsterdam which has to be checked locally.

There are trains to Den Hague and Delft from Amsterdam which you can book on the website.

You can check Benelux Pass and compare the cost of Pass with seat reservations and point to point tickets.

We do not have a separate Eurail Amsterdam Pass on the website. We also do not have IAmsterdam City Card. You will need to check the same locally.

The closest train station to Costa Brava is Figueres. You will need to travel by local transport from Figueres to Costa Brava which has to be checked locally.

You can purchase point to point tickets from Barcelona to Figueres as below:

- Barcelona to Figueres - Regional train - 2h 10m.

In order to book tickets, please visit our website, you would need to 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. You need to select the fare which is preferable to you and then add it to Cart. Once added, you need to mention the names of the passengers to make the payment on the next page.

With a Pass - Keep in mind that seat reservations would be mandatory for all High-Speed, Night, Scenic and Border Crossing trains. But, you will receive pass holder/discounted fares for these journeys with the pass. With a Pass you can travel on regional/intercity trains within a country.

Hope this helps!!!

Kind Regards,

Leora, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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