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Swiss Pass & Itineraary

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Swiss Pass & Itineraary

Our Itinerary is as follows but are flexible upon your valuable suggestions :

Day 1 : Arrive at Zurich Airport and overnight stay there

Day 2 : Train to Lucerne

Day 3 : Move to Interlaken

Day 4 : Zurich city

1. Is the Swiss Pass worth buying as we are traveling on a budget and will not have much time to visit all the places ?

2. Which are the must-see places in whole of Switzerland which can be explored in 4 days time ?


Howick, South Africa
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1. Re: Swiss Pass & Itineraary

Unless your plane lands very late in the evening, it's only about one and a half hours by train direct from the basement of the airport to Luzern - better to have two nights somewhere.

I'd suggest two nights around Interlaken unless you have a pressing reason for more time in Luzern. Luzern is a lovely city but the mountains of the Bernese Oberland (Jungfraujoch etc.) are a lot more majestic.

You could even have two days in each Luzern / Interlaken depending on your flight time from Zurich on your last day - see www.sbb.ch/en to find train times. Unless you have a need to tour Zurich city?

"Must see" depends on your preferences: lakes / mountains / scenic rail journeys / museums / historic buildings. What are your preferences, perhaps we can give more specific advice.

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2. Re: Swiss Pass & Itineraary

Thanks for the info,

Our list comprises of the following,please elaborate if we have missed something provided time and weather conditions are favorable for this schedule :



Lake Lucerne

The Rhine Falls Neuhausen

Staubbach waterfalls Lauterbrunnen

Blausee (Blue Lake) Kandersteg


Swiss panoramic train

Swiss Chocolate Factory

Conny-Land in Lipperswil

However,we might have to miss some on this crucial 4 day trip .....please suggest

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3. Re: Swiss Pass & Itineraary

Also, what about the Swiss Pass,we will be traveling together and our flight will reach by 9:00 pm in Zurich .

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4. Re: Swiss Pass & Itineraary

The standard answer to the Swiss Pass is do the maths. check out the times and prices on www.rail.ch. One alternative option is to buy the Half Price Pass at 99SFr valid for a month and apply that to the fares. The advantage of the Swiss Pass is that you have unlimited travel and maximum flexibility within the area of validity.

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5. Re: Swiss Pass & Itineraary

You're trying to see too much. Arriving first day at 9 PM and flying out on day 4 only really leaves two full days in Switzerland. Also, trying to get two centres in four nights means much packing, check in / check out of hotels. And, you have to stop sometime to eat!

My suggestion would be overnight on arrival near airport (9 PM plus airport formalities is too late to get anywhere else). Decide on just one centre -(I'd go for Interlaken area).

Spend afternoon of day 2 on lake cruise or via funicular / cable car up Harder or Schynege Platte or Schilthorn or Staubbach waterfalls. Or stop off at Luzern or Alpnaschtad on your way there and go via boat and/or cog railway up Mt Pilatus before carrying on by train to Interlaken. That also means you're on the panoramic train you wanted. (Check timetable to make sure.)

Day 3 up Jungfraujoch could take all day if you break journey in Lauterbrunnen / Wengen / Kleine Scheidegg to explore (or back down via Grindenwalt).

Day 4: pack and check out of hotel before going back to Zurich airport via whatever route you choose seeing whatever you've got time for before flight.

And, the half-fare card is probably the best for your needs.

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