Half Fare Card or Swiss Pass?

Jun 13th, 2008, 09:46 AM
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For example a 3-day Swiss Flexipass, 2nd class, one adult costs 249 CHF on swiss-pass.ch - the Swiss Railways site and costs $210 in the U.S. thru Rail Europe

249 CHF = about $270 ($1.05 = 1 CHF at official rate - using $1.10 figuring in exchange fees and credit card fees to buy in Switzerland from dollars)

thus the pass in Switzerland, if i figure right, costs about $60 more!

take a one-month pass, 2nd class, adult

CHF 578 in Switzerland and $496 in U.S. dollars thru RailEurope.

CHF 578 x 1.1 = $635 or $139 more than if bought in U.S.

What am i doing wrong? nothing it seems but cannot fathom why there is such a discrepancy - Swiss Railways ripping off tourists it seems - and Raileurope is owned 1/4 or so by Swiss Railways.

I took Swiss Pass prices from www.budgeteuropetravel.com - same pricing as RailEurope but Raileurope would charge $18 mailing fee on orders under $300 like the 3-day flexi - budgetetravel does not.
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