Eurail Global Pass enough for Lauterbrunnen visit?

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squid2019
squid2019
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Jul 13, 2019 - 5:04 PM

Hello,

If I get the Eurail Global Pass, for a 3 days trip in Lauterbrunnen & surrounding areas, would it be worthwhile to also get the Swiss Travel Pass? My itinerary is as follow.

2 Sept - London to Paris

3 - 5 Sept - Paris with potential day trips to Versailles and Lyon

6 Sept - Paris to Lauterbrunnen

7 - 9 Sept - Lauterbrunnen with potential day trips to Gimmewald and Wengen

10 Sept - Lauterbrunnen to Rome

11 - 13 Sept - Rome with potential day trip to Florence

14 Sept - Rome to London

Thank you!!

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Jul 13, 2019 - 11:05 PM in reply to squid2019

Hello squid2019 and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

Probably not but it depends entirely on what you plan to do in the Jungfrau Region. A Jungfrau Travel Pass is another option.

You should read “How to choose the best travel pass” (www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass), download the handy spreadsheet calculator and do the math. The spreadsheet also includes links to all the available passes. Be sure to check the “Where it’s valid” tab for each pass you consider.

Steph
Steph
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Jul 14, 2019 - 1:05 PM in reply to squid2019

Hello Squid2019,

I would also say that adding a Swiss Travel Pass to the Eurail Global Pass doesn't make a lot of sense. You could, however, look into the Jungfrau Travel Pass or the Regional Pass Bernese Oberland as an alternative, more regional pass to add.
- www.myswissalps.com/ju ngfrautravelpass
- www.myswissalps.com/re gionalpassberneseoberl and

To see which areas of your stay in Lauterbrunnen area are covered already by your Eurail Global Pass, use below link:
- www.myswissalps.com/eu railglobalpass/validit y

Using the spreadsheet provided in Rockoyster's link you might find out that one pass alone is enough.

Best,
Steph

squid2019
squid2019
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Jul 14, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Thank you for the welcome! I spent another day researching today, pulled the train tickets for different options i.e., point to point, combo with Swiss travel pass, Half fare card, supersaver tickets, Saver pass and euro pass. In the end, for all the international and high speed trains it seems that the euro pass is quite economical. I was quite surprised how expensive the point to point tickets are, I wonder if it’s because Sept is still high season?

In any case, I settled with Europass global for 5 days travel. I figured because I still have very loose plans for the 3 days in Lauterbrunnen, I could consider the Saver Pass (it varies between CHF52 (weekday) to CHF70 (weekend). Any thoughts on this?

I haven’t checked the Jungfrau pass or the Bernese Oberland pass. Thank you for the suggestions, I will most definitely check that!

PS: I plan to take the Bernese Express as part of my Europass benefit if possible :)

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Jul 14, 2019 - 9:33 PM in reply to squid2019

Swiss full-fare point to point tickets are expensive, they don’t go up and down depending on the season.

The Saver Day Pass (www.myswissalps.com/sa verdaypass and bit.ly/2rkekat) is available 60 days out from travel and get more expensive closer to the time of travel. They don’t generally help you with cable cars or railways that don’t connect population centres (eg no benefit for Jungfraujoch).

squid2019
squid2019
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Jul 15, 2019 - 12:45 AM in reply to rockoyster

Hi Rockoyster,

I see, thank you for the clarifications. I read about the Jungfrau pass last night and actually it would take me to most of the places I was thinking to go, cheaper in total comparing to the Savers pass.

I’ll have a bit more read in case I have more questions. Thank you!!

Arno
Arno
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Jul 15, 2019 - 8:50 AM

Hi Squid2019,

In general, point to point tickets for trains in Europe can be quite cheap if purchased well in advance (2 to 4 months). You might be right that early September is still a popular season, which will influence prices too. There are many websites selling tickets. You'll find them via www.myswissalps.com/tr avel/toswitzerland/tra in/tickets (click the country, then the Price tab).

If the Eurail Global Pass works out cheapest for you, then the Swiss Half Fare Card can be a good add-on. Or, if it's only about the Jungfrau region, the Jungfrau Travel Pass could work as you said. More details are here:

Last modified on Jul 15, 2019 - 8:51 AM by Arno

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