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what rail pass to purchase?

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what rail pass to purchase?

Hi, We are a family of 2 adults and 3 children aged 12 and twins aged 10. We are planning to catch a train from Zurich to Wengen in January and two weeks later from Wengen to Rome, I am very confused by which train pass I should purchase and would really appreciate any advice, thank you.

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1. Re: what rail pass to purchase?

No railpass at all. There is a common misconception that railpasses are either necessary or will save you money, and usually neither is the case.

If you know when you want to travel, you can probably book your trains well in advance and get cheap tickets, although you will be limited to the specific booked train.

Others will be able to advise better on the specifics.

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2. Re: what rail pass to purchase?

Zurich to Wengen is just local Intercity trains. Check schedules and prices at www.sbb.ch

Wengen to Rome involves a lot of train changes. Perhaps it is easier to back track to Zurich and catch the direct Zurich to Milan train, and then Milan to Rome using Trenitalia.

Typical prices : (booking 90 days ahead)

Zurich to Milan (SparPreis, discounted ticket) 28CHF (about € 22)

Milan to Rome (using www.trenitalia.com to book, discounted ticket) € 29

Passes are a waste of money for your trips.

See smh.com.au/travel/the-cheap-new-way-to-use-e…

Edited: 17 November 2013, 08:14
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3. Re: what rail pass to purchase?

The fastest and simplest way from Wengen to Rome by train is normally with changes at Lauterbrunnen, Interlaken Ost, Spiez and Milano Centrale.

Wengen to Spiez is by local trains with no reservations nor advance reductions. For Spiez to Milan (Milano Centrale), there can be significant advance reductions available from http://www.sbb.ch/en/home.html

For Milano Centrale to Roma Termini, for significant reductions book in advance on www.trenitalia.com - click the UK flag for English, and enter your 'hour' of departure e.g. enter '13' for 13.00.

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4. Re: what rail pass to purchase?

Thank you all so much for your replies, just one more question.....my husband would like to travel via the most scenic route to Rome, any suggestions?

Thanks

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5. Re: what rail pass to purchase?

There is no sensible route which is more scenic than that routes already suggested, which take from seven hours with from four changes. More scenic routes will required long diversions onto slow and minor train lines.

For example, routes from Wengen to Rome via the scenic Bernina pass line take from sixteen hours with from eight changes of train. And of course, the more changes of train, the more chance of missing connections. A journey like this would be best undertaken over two or more days.

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6. Re: what rail pass to purchase?

And of course, the more changes of train, the more chance of missing connections.>>>> in Switzerland we found every thing is timed to perfection!!

A journey like this would be best undertaken over two or more days.>>>> agree here

It all depends on how much time you are wanting to spend to get to Rome

We did this one and it was exceptionally scenic, especially Bolzano to St Moritz...you get to travel on the little yellow postal buses as well. https:/…venice-interlaken-paris-uk

Luggage was a bit of a pain though, okay if travelling light. It wouldn't be hard to massage it to get to Rome

Up to the Jungfrau from Interlaken was wonderful also

Edited: 19 November 2013, 08:37
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