Travel to Swiss

Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 08:04 AM
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Travel to Swiss

Me my husband and a friend of ours are planning for a 4 to 5 days swiss trip. we live in stuttgart and would like to see interlaken, grindelwald zermat and anything else if possible. we have a plan to hike Eigergletscher and the Eiger Trail and go up the jungfrauhoch.
now my question : what would be the best way to tarvel, we plan to go by car, but iam not sure if we should opt for a swiss pass. What would work out cheaper? kindly shed some light if anyone has thought on these lines before
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Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 08:44 AM
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From Stuttgart to the central Switzerland is a very short drive. I cannot believe that even thinking about trains and all of the trouble. With the car you can put all of your "Stuff" in the car and go where you want to go. When you go to a hotel, you don't have to haul all of your "Stuff".

For any drive of less than 1200 kms, I always use the car. Trains and airfares were always paid by my company but the car is still the best.

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Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 08:48 AM
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Well, with that categorical message, I just have to come in...

I can't believe that you even think of driving in Switzerland. All the hassle of driving, parking, unloading the luggage every time you get away from the car for longer. The fact that practically only one person in the car can get anything out of the scenery. With the train, you just leave your "stuff" in the hotel and go wherever you want to go.

No, really, if you go to the Berner Oberland your car will sit in the parking lot all the time anyway. No use at all.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 10:25 AM
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quite contradicting replies!
i more confused than ever.
I am looking at both of these option particularly with cost in mind. I have worked out that the car is much cheaper for 3 ppl than the swiss rail pass...but, i hear that there r discounts etc if we have swiss pass.Also we need to pay parking fees etc, So i am wondering which would be a cheaper option. But also if we are spending time in hiking etc, do we really need a swiss pass?
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Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 10:42 AM
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Hi pallavi_Kumar,

I'm with altamiro on the train issue -- it's so much easier and enjoyable to sit back and enjoy the scenery.

But you may not need to buy a pass; it may be cheaper to buy point-to-point tickets. You can get the schedules & fares at Then you can go to, input your itinerary and your travel members, and click on "only if it saves me money." It will give you an idea of the comparison costs.

Good luck!

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Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 01:40 PM
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The majority of Frommers contributors seem to be from North America. You're in Stuttgart - easy for you to price the trains and rental cars, you're so close. Just ask at the nearest station.

Count on 20-30 Francs or more for overnight parking in Swiss cities - most residential streets require a resident's sticker (and - yes - they pay for them, too...).

But a small economical car between the three of you could certainly save you some money - it's so close, it won't be a long drive, and you can always include a leg stretch.

Make sure you get a car that has the vignette autobahn-tax sticker on it, or you have to buy one at the border.

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What on earth does Frommers have to do with this discussion??
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