Hi everyone -
My mother and I are taking a trip to Switzerland in late May. We will be flying into Zurich, and were hoping to spend a touch of time both there and Lucerne, but to really base ourselves in the Bernese Oberland area. Our thoughts were to spend an afternoon in Zurich, then hit the road the next morning to get to Bernese Oberland stopping in Lucerne and Interlaken on the way. We would then have 3 full days in Bernese Oberland and would most likely stay in Murren (unless there are other suggestions in that regard).
Our biggest question is whether to rent a car or to buy Swiss passes. If we went the car route, we would rent the car in Zurich, and then drive through to Lucerne and Interlaken, and then park it at the cable car station to head up into the mountains as we know it is car free up there. We know we would then have to buy a ticket every time we would need to use a lift/train in Bernese Oberland, but the Swiss pass is expensive for the 2 of us and we wonder if we would save money renting a car as well as have more flexibility?
Or if doing the Swiss pass and just doing trains the whole time is really the easiest in the end. If we went that route we are also worried that we would be dragging our luggage all around Lucerne and Interlaken when we are wanting to stop there along the way but not sleep there?
We have read that the train system is amazing and the way to go, but just want to make sure it makes the most sense for us.
If anyone has any opinions/advise on this it would be greatly appreciated! At the end of our trip we would be heading back to Zurich to either take a train or plane to Lake Garda in Italy. (or if we rent a car a small chance we would just drive).
Thanks so much!