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Swiss Trains

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Swiss Trains

Can anyone help with suggestions as to an appropiate rail pass.

Our itinery is as follows:

-Train from Paris to Lauterbrunnen and stay 4 nights

- While in Lauterbrunnen will do the Jungfrau and Schilthorn

- Train from Lauterbrunnen to Salzburg

I understand that the trip up to the Jungfrau is very expensive. Is there any sort of Swiss Rail pass which will give us a discount on the jungfrau trip and also the other train journeys too and from Lauterbrunnen.

Any information greatly appreciated

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1. Re: Swiss Trains

Stop thinking 'railpass' - which is often a gold-plated and unnecessary solution peddled by travel agents.

Start thinking 'budget-airline-on-rails'.

Go to www.tgv-lyria.com and book Paris to Zurich from €25. Pay, print, travel.

Buy a separate Zurich-Lauterbrunnen ticket either at the station in Zurich or online at www.sbb.ch, fixed price, no reservation necessary for this bit, take any train, they run hourly.

Go to www.oebb.at and buy a Lauterbrunnen to Salzburg ticket from €39, pay, print, travel.

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2. Re: Swiss Trains

Seat 61, what would be the sense of the enormous detour you are suggesting? the normal way would be Paris-Basel-Lauterbrunnen.

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3. Re: Swiss Trains

@Johnj11 Your date of travel? Intercity tickets in Switzerland can only be booked online about 1 month prior. There is no need for pre-booking, as these are unreserved.

In terms of railpass, perhaps you may want to consider some sort of Swiss pass, if you are travelling a lot in Switzerland, for example

www.myswissalps.com/swissflexipass.asp… (cost of € 388 for 2 persons for up to 3 days)

If you have a pass then your Basel to Lauterbrunnen sector would be covered by the pass. The pass also gives 25% discount for Jungfrau trains.

Paris to Basel, book with en.voyages-sncf.com, prices start at € 39 per person

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4. Re: Swiss Trains

John, you have a bit of a choice here for the Switzerland bit. You can buy a Swiss pass for a set number of days that gives you unlimited free travel on all state run transport, including ferries and trains, and admission to a large number of museums and similar places. This will cover you all the way to Lauterbrunnen, and also up to both Wengen and Murren: all free once you have the pass. Downside is that the trip up to Jungrraujoch is expensive and with this pass you only get a 25% discount on the trip up from either Wengen or Grindelwald. Your pass covers you up to either of those villages.

Then there's the half fare card, which offers exactly that. Half price on all trains in Switzerland, including the mountain transport such as the Jungfraujoch trip.

Trouble is, you have to do the math to work out which is best for you. There are countless threads on this very topic over on the Switzerland forums (tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g188045-i336-Switz…) Have a read in there and you'll get a pretty good idea on which way to jump.

Don't even consider a Eurail or Rail Europe solution. There's absolutely no value in them for your trip.

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5. Re: Swiss Trains

Yes, sorry, quite right, should have said Basel!

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