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Is 3-day Flex Swiss Travel pass worth it?

I found from this site: https://www.sbb.ch about 3-day Flex Swiss Travel pass for 259 CHF. Does this pass allow me to travel for FREE on all transportation within Switzerland for 3 non-consecutive day in a month?

Here is my schedule:
July 5th - Arriving in Zurich at 8:30 a.m. After immigration, I probably won't get out until 11:30 a.m. I am planning on going to Colmar, France and visit the Alsace region. Not sure what type of transportation yet. Will this Swiss past help save the cost of traveling from Zurich to Colmar, or at least the portion of the train that contains in Switzerland?

July 6th - Visiting Alsace region still. Night of July 6th, I will be coming back from Colmar to stay the night in Bern, or near Lauterbrunnen area, because I want to get ready to spend the day up the Schilthorn, visiting Lauterbrunnen valley, Gimmmelwald, and Murren.

July 7- up the Schilthorn and visiting Lauterbrunnen, Gimmelwald, and Murren in morning and afternoon. I would like to go on a boat tour, if possible around Lake Brienz. Is it possible with this past?

July 8 - travel from Switzerland to Milan (by train). Will this pass help and how?

Thank you so much! Sorry this is my first time to Europe, so i am as inexperienced as it can be.

Have a great day!

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For about the same price, the Swiss Travel Pass for 4 consecutive days would be a better fit to cover the trips you've listed. It covers you to/from the French border station at Basel, the Italian border station at Domodossola or Chiasso, and everything you've listed around Lauterbrunnen. It gives 25% off the rides above Wengen and Grindelwald (toward Jungfraujoch), but you probably don't have time for those. You can buy the extra French and Italian portions of train tickets in any Swiss train station.

Of course, I think your visit is too rushed and would also definitely sleep around Lauterbrunnen, not Bern.

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Thank you Laura! Do I have to buy separate ticket to go up to Schilthorn from Lauterbrunne (like do I have to buy tickets to go up to Murren/ Stechelberg, and then the rail up Schilthorn?)

I don’t think I have time to go up Wengen and Grindelwald.

Can I buy the extra French and Italian portions head of time? How do you know how much? And how to do know the connecting location in France and Italy?

Thank you so much!

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Thank you Laura! Do I have to buy separate ticket to go up to Schilthorn from Lauterbrunne (like do I have to buy tickets to go up to Murren/ Stechelberg, and then the rail up Schilthorn?)

I don’t think I have time to go up Wengen and Grindelwald.

Can I buy the extra French and Italian portions head of time? How do you know how much? And how to do know the connecting location in France and Italy?

Thank you so much!

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Can I buy the extra French and Italian portions head of time? How do you know how much? And how to do know the connecting location in France and Italy?

Laura has already answered part of this. The French portion (Basel to Colmar) you can buy at Zürich airport station, or when you change trains in Basel. There is no discount for advance purchase. Colmar to Basel you buy at Colmar station. Note at Basel, due to building work, to get between the part of the station serving Swiss trains (Platforms 1 to 17), and the part serving French trains (30 to 35), you have to walk along the street.
For the Italian portion, it is cheaper to buy in advance. Do this on the Italian Railways website: http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en
The border station will be Domodossola or Chiasso, depending on which route you take. Once you decide which train you are taking, look up where it stops and buy a ticket from the appropriate place to Milan.

This map shows where a Swiss Pass is and is not valid: https://www.sbb.ch/content/dam/infrastruktur/trafimage/karten/karte-sts-pass-gueltigkeit.pdf