Crazy confused about what type of the Swiss Pass to buy, or even buy a pass at all...I'm going to be in Switz for 6 days but there are only 4- or 8-day passes...I'm thinking i should consider the 4 day flex pass? If so, which days make sense for it? For those days in Bernese Oberland, would they be considered a "travel day" for the flex option??
Day 1: Arrive at Zurich Int'l Airport at 11am (visit Old Town, Limmat River, Lindenhof, maybe a museum). In late afternoon/evening, train to Lucerne (train cost = $25).
Questions: 1) Are shuttles from Zurich airport to the city included in the Swiss Pass? 2) Of those places listed above in Zurich, would we need to take buses to get from one place to another?
Day 2: Full day in Lucerne (visit Mt. Rigi, which is free with the Swiss Pass, Nine Towers, Old Town, maybe a museum like Richard Wagner)
Day 3: Take early morning train from Lucerne to Interlaken for skydiving at 8:30am (train cost = $35). Maybe hang glide and/or other activities in Interlaken. Sleep in Lauterbrunnen (train cost = $8)
Day 4: Bernese Oberland - Jungfrau (~$180 full price at 25% discount with pass)
Question: is 180 for trip from Lauterbrunnen to Jungfrau or just above wengen of the trip??
Day 5: Bernese Oberland - hiking in the valley, maybe to murren, grimmelwald and tanzbodeli
Day 6: Maybe boat tour on Lake Brienz, Harder Klum....Then train to Stresa, Italy (train to Spiez as transfer point = $10)
Question: how much does it cost to from Spiez to Stresa then? That wouldn't be included in the Swiss Pass right?
25 (zurich to lucerne)
35 (lucerne to interlaken)
8 (interlaken to Lauterbrunnen)
10 (interlaken to Spiez as transfer to Stresa Italy)
185 roundtrip from lauterbrunnen or 92 one-way
TOTAL =331 or 238 (depending on one way or roundtrip for Jungfrau)
According to RS's website: http://ricksteves.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html
4-day flexi for youth 2nd class = 255.
However, i would need to pay out of pocket for Jungfrau: 139 round trip or 69 one way...that should be it for out of pocket right??