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Advise on what to visit and which pass to buy

Hi,
We are family of 2 adults and 2 kids traveling to zurich(2) days, then 3 days to Basel, 2days in Paris and back. Very confused with which pass to buy swiss/flexi or euro rail and where to visit. Any suggestions?

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How old are the kids? How soon is the trip? Any other destinations in Switzerland, such as Lauterbrunnen/Berner Oberland and the surrounding mountains?

The longer legs of your trip are on the French side, so you could get a France-Switzerland pass, about $400 per adult in 1st class for 4 travel days; or half price for kids under 12. It's important to reserve ahead for the TGVs between Paris and the Swiss border, which you can do at the same time you buy the rail pass and up to 3 months before departure.

Or an alternative option is to follow Rick’s France rail travel page for the link and tips for buying “Prems” rate TGV tickets to/from Paris through SNCF (cheap, reserved, nonrefundable, available three or four months ahead of your travel date) to print at home and pay with PayPal. It does not tend to work with US credit cards, unless you have an extra level of security set up. If you go this option, you might consider a Swiss Pass or Swiss Card that matches that part of your trip; with the Swiss products, your own kids under age 16 travel free with you.

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Hi,

Thanks for the reply. The kids are 7 and 11. We leave June 17th.

Jenni

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Is this a fun trip or business trip? Quick family fun trips to Switzerland usually don't include Zurich or Basel.

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Hi Tim

It's both. We flying to Zurich for best airfare deal. Basel is business but kids and I can do and visit places. So that's how I noticed this forum. Want to utilize days to see all great places. Lost with so much info.

Where to go which day and what places? I can take train and be back by evening after visiting places, so which pass I need for Swiss side of trip and what rail tickets are best for traveling different cities within and across Swiss.

Thanks.

Jenni