I'm pretty new here and never travelled to Europe so I have no idea how to whole Swiss or Eurail pass works. I've been trying to do my research on the subject but there's a whole bunch of information and I need the most budget efficient plan that I can't seem to find anywhere. I'm traveling with 2 other people - 2 adults 30+ and 1 youth 21.
Anyway, I'm planning a trip in February (2023) and will, hopefully, be in able to visit France, England, and Switzerland between Feb 1-16 - and my itinerary is:
Feb 1-5 - stay in Paris
Feb 5-8 - go to London
Feb 8 - travel from England to Paris to Zurich
Feb 8-10 - stay in Zurich with trip to Lucerne on Feb 9 (8am-7pm) and go back to Zurich same day
Feb 10 - travel to Grindelwald from Zurich and stay from Feb 10-12
Feb 12 - travel to Montreux from Grindelwald and stay from Feb 12-14
Feb 14 - travel back to Paris from Montreux
Feb 14-16 - final days in Paris before flight to the US
I also was planning on taking, during Feb 11, the Glacier Express or some other panoramic/scenic train (preferrable the Glacier Express but it depends on which option will be cheaper). I found that most scenic trains are free with a Swiss Travel Pass - except that Glacier Express needs an add cost for reservation. I would also like to get the most out of it so if for example I get some free/discounted museums/boats that’d be great.
My question, thus, is which option would be best for my plan - Swiss Travel Pass with additional fares for between England/Paris/Zurich OR the Global Pass with additional full fares for stuff like Glacier Express or similar? I can't find the major differences between the Swiss Travel Pass and the Eurail Global Pass online and am looking for whichever is cheaper and will have the most helpful benefits available. I know that Eurail is for 33 countries but I can’t find what it covers in Switzerland specifically, for example. In France, I will only be in Paris and for England, London only. Switzerland is the only active place where I want to cover that many cities.
I’m also not sure how to travel best between France and England and from England to Switzerland (with Paris layover, I assume is most time efficient).
I appreciate any and all help!! If there are any questions, please let me know and I will answer ASAP!
Best answer by BrendanDBView original