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Swiss rail connections

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A bit of information for anyone skiing in Switzerland, or thinking of it. For a few years now we have flown from Liverpool to Geneva for skiing trips. Often to Switzerland, where the best way of getting to Zermatt for example and a number of other resorts is by train, from the station which is directly under the airport. We have always used the 'Swiss transfer' ticket. This enabled transfer in one journey, to your resort and back again. Anywhere in Switzerland for circa £95 second class. Sadly this has been discontinued as of early this year, ( we used this in March for the last time).
I looked at rather expensive tickets online with SBB. I then phoned the Swiss travel service in London for advice. This was that currently, (hinting perhaps at changes?) the most economical tickets are the Saver day passes. Each person would need to buy one for the journey to the resort, and another for the return. These can currently be purchased 60 days in advance, and at such timings the best prices are 70CHF second and 88CHF first class. In other words 140 and 176CHF respectively return. Circa £116 and £146.

If your journey is to for example Zermatt as ours will be, with a 4 hour rail journey, these are decent enough prices, especially the first class with extra room, and a less frantic change to the cog in Visp.

Hope this is of use. snowHead
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@twoodwar Yes, really useful, thanks. We used to use the Swiss Transfer Ticket a lot, but recently found that hiring a car worked out cheaper overall. Which is a shame, because I actually prefer using the train/télépherique, especially on the journey back to GVA from the resort (it's always me doing the driving and I find the bus/train much less stressful than the rush hour 'round Lac Lémain, filling-up, and concern that a nutter car hire guy will scratch the car and then charge me).
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I used the rail to get to Saas this summer. Excellent service of course but the pricing is a bit painful. When a hire car is cheaper for a whole week than return tickets for two it feels like something is mispriced...
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jedster wrote:
I used the rail to get to Saas this summer. Excellent service of course but the pricing is a bit painful. When a hire car is cheaper for a whole week than return tickets for two it feels like something is mispriced...


Crazy isn’t it? The Swiss day pass is very good but it needs you to be more on the ball than the old transfer ticket. We travel to Zermatt (well, Täsch) and as a rule of thumb: one person = cheaper train; two people = broadly the same; three people = cheaper to hire a car. We have our own parking so if you have to pay for parking that might be different.
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@jedster, a car to Zermatt requires a garage at cost, and then the train anyhow up from Tasch, so the price to me is ok,ish. Particularly v the trains in the UK!
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@JohnMo, posts crossed!
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Could the three day Interrail Switzerland pass at £128 for an adult turn out to be better value.
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Not at £116 for 2 passes, plus you can travel when you want and have a weeks as opposed to a 3 day holiday?
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@twoodwar, The Interrail Switzerland pass website states you can use the pass "on 3 days of your choice during a set period of 1 month. Travel on back-to-back, consecutive days, or spread them out during the months. It's up to you. On each day, ride on as many trains as you like between midnight and midnight". The adult price is £133 (or in my case as a senior £119). https://www.interrail.eu/en/interrail-passes/one-country-pass/switzerland
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Fair do's @Alastair Pink, I had not realised that. A simple transfer as I would need though, would still be best served by a saver day pass. I would effectively waste a journey and pay £17 extra. At least people can take a view though, which was the intention of my post.
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@Alastair Pink, Thanks for that. Have you used the Interrail Swiss Pass yourself?

Is it like the transfer ticket in that you can fill in the first travel date as you board the train? This allows for delayed flights etc. Does it get round booking day tickets via SBB that ties one to specific days and or train times.
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@cad99uk, I used the Interrail Switzerland ticket for a holiday last year, the only trains you have to book a seat on are special ones like the Glacier Express which I think cost 30CH, write in the journey you are doing, for instance going from Geneva airport to Zermatt you put in Geneva to Visp then Visp to Zermatt I shall try and find my old ticket to let you know how many journeys we did over the week. It does not cover any of the resort trains or lifts.

@twoodwar, I should have pointed out that it was three days over the month.
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@cad99uk, I've not used the InterrailSwiss Pass myself, previously I've always used the (no longer available) Swiss Transfer ticket. I take twoodwar's point that if you're just doing a simple transfer to resort then 2 saver day passes will be cheaper, but the interrail 3 days of your choice means that if you want to during your stay you could have a day out by train to somewhere else.
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@Alastair Pink, I was just looking at the cheapest option to the now defunct Swiss transfer ticket. The Swiss travel centre's advice to the cheapest current option was the intention. A lot of other useful options have been brought up, which is great.
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My son will be travelling from GVA to Zermatt, one way, next February, on a Saturday. The Saver Day Pass looks like his best option, but I notice the prices seem to vary -at the moment between 49CHF and 70CHF for dates 60 days away. Either way, cheaper than the CHF102 single ticket price. Probably a daft question, but I assume you don't need to nominate a particular train?
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you have a choice of any train on the day the ticket is for @caughtanedge,
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