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Swiss Pass and other Swiss Train Questions

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I am going to Lausanne for 6 days in July (with day trips planned each day). So I’ve determined, after diligently doing the math and reading all the Swiss train threads, that I want a Swiss Pass.

Question 1 – where to buy the pass. I’ll be coming from Milan. Looks like I have a choice of taking a direct train from Milan ($95) or buying a ticket from Milan to Brig ($50), changing trains and buying the pass at that time. That would save $45 but take about an hour extra time. Correct? Am I missing an option?

Question 2 - One day I’d like to visit Zermatt. The route would be Lausanne to Visp (1 ½ hr) then Visp to Zermatt (about an hour). I realize that’s quite a lot of time on a train for one day (over 5 hours) but I’m hoping it’s mostly scenic. Is any portion of that an official ‘scenic train’? Does any of it need special reservations? My reasoning for doing Zermatt as a day trip is that I’m hoping I can get a good weather day when it’s not cloud covered. Are weather reports that I’d be able to get on-line from Lausanne going to be reliable as to what the weather in Zermatt is like? Any suggestions as to how best to use about five hours in Zermatt? My main goal is just to see gorgeous mountain scenery.

Question 3 – Another day I was thinking of going to Rochers de Naye. I think the train from Montreux up there is part of the Golden Pass Route. Correct? So I think I read you need to reserve tickets in advance. How do you do that? Is it covered by the Swiss Pass? Is Rochers de Naye going to be my best bet for mountain scenery in that area?

I am also planning day trips to Gruyeres and Sion. Any other suggestions? My last trip to Switzerland I spent 5 days in the BO region plus Lucerne and Zurich so I’m looking to do other things this trip.


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