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Rail pass advice?

Hello! I'm moving to Lausanne with my family in August for 9 months from Victoria, BC, Canada. We plan to travel around Switzerland and would love to see more of Europe as time permits. (My husband will be working, my son will be in Grade 1, and I also have a 3 year-old.)

I was told that rail passes are cheaper when bought in N. America so was looking into possibilities and just got confused about what options would be best, especially considering that we have no plans at the moment about where and when we would travel! Is it really worth it to buy from Canada in advance? I'm sure if I bought something now we would be sure to use it, but I wouldn't do it if the savings aren't great.

Any suggestions most welcome. Thanks!
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Re: Rail pass advice?

Within Switzerland, the 3 year old travelling with parents is free, and for 30chf you can buy an annual 'family' card for the older child, and whenever he travels with a parent, he is also free. Each country seems to have a different age cut off for free child travel - 4, 5, or 6 years old.

Once you are 'resident' in Switzerland you aren't entitled to purchase some of the tourist passes that are sold from outside Europe. If your husband is working full time, and your child is in school, then maybe you would travel once a month, and it's not hard to get special deals from Switzerland for Europe...

Not sure if that helps, but I'd be more inclined to say to not fuss about something like a travel pass now. You pay 150chf in Switzerland for an adult for a 1 year discount on your local travel, which gives up to 50% on all the regular routes and tourist areas. That's how they 'subsidise' the travel, and for 40-60chf per adult you can get a 'GA' which is a day's travel anywhere in Switzerland except some of the really big tourist mountains. We don't tend to use it, though, because we often take an overnight trip and then it's cheaper to get a 'return' which is valid up to 3 or 5 days.
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Re: Rail pass advice?

This is great- thanks for all the information!
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Re: Rail pass advice?

I agree with Swisspea and would also like to add that Eurail passes are not really a "saver" although Eurail does promote them like that. They are moreso a convenience ticket, often referred to as the "golden ticket" in blogs since you can jump-off whenever you like without queuing for tickets. A major deal-breaker is that you still have to pay a supplement if you want to travel on fast trains exiting switzerland. Lausanne-Paris TGV for example.

For Switzerland, get your hands on a "Half Tax 1 year" as Swisspea mentioned and when planning travel, check out "super-saver tickets" and monthly specials on sbb.com. They have some great offers that will far outweigh the Eurail pass option.
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