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Mount Pilatus- Interrail pass. what ticket shld I get

by orangemonkey


I'm intending to make a day trip down to lucerne from st gallens on a sunday and I've got a few questions about my trip up to mt pilatus.

1) Does it being a Sunday make any difference? Will it affect my train travel. It's the only full day I have

2) I am going to get the youth interrail switzerland pass. Is that of any use to my trip up the mountain (will use it to get from st gallens to lucerne anyway)? I will be travelling on 8 nov and accd to the website, the golden round trip will not be available then. Also, the panorama gondolas and aerial cableways will be closed for maintenance work. So is my only way up via the Alpnachstad cogwheel railway?

If so, what ticket should I get? Accd to the website, the silver round trip covers Lucerne – Alpnachstad – Pilatus Kulm – Kriens – Lucerne by second class train. will my interrail switz pass already cover the train ride and can I then buy a cheaper ticket instead for part of the trip? or do I have to get the full silver round trip ticket at 71.60?

Thanks in advance for the help provided. I'm really confused abt the Lucerne – Alpnachstad – Pilatus Kulm – Kriens – Lucerne part. which is the train bit, the cable car bit, the bus bit etc?

Re: Mount Pilatus- Interrail pass. what ticket shld I get

by globetrott

28,90 euro is the price that you have to pay extra with an Interrailticket from Alpnachstad to Pilatus and back to Alpnachstad.
Pilatusbahn is a private railway, that is why you pay these 28.90 euro/44,80 sfr according to this link:
the train to Alpnachstad is of couse covered by your interrailticket.

Re: Mount Pilatus- Interrail pass. what ticket shld I get

by DSwede

Agree with the post above. The Pilatus line is private, so the pass does not cover it. Being a Sunday might be only slightly more crowded, but not noticeably.

I would normally recommend taking the cogwheel up and the cable car down, but you say that the cable is closed for maintenance. Your views from the cogwheel will still be spectacular and it is very unique to be on the steepest cog on a beautiful setting like that.

Re: Mount Pilatus- Interrail pass. what ticket shld I get

by orangemonkey

Thank you very much guys for the help! :)

Travel Tips for Lucerne

Walking alongside this...

by stopatnothin

Walking alongside this stunning Lake past one of the oldest, longest wooden bridges. The structure inside is neat to look at. The smiling faces I encountered walking around town. People could have just been laughing at the silly looking tourist but so long as I smiled, I was happy.

shop, shop, SHOP. Yes,...

by Krystynn

shop, shop, SHOP. Yes, shopping for me centered around Lucerne's cool main street called Pilatus FILLED with famous brand names like Rolex, Bucherrer, Swatch, Piaget etc. And knowing me, I just HAD to drop in to Piaget to take a look at their watches.
Since I couldn't possibly afford one, I'd settle for the second best - Shopping at Swatch and Buccherer instead. In Buccherer, you can purchase a Swatch watch from 50 Swiss Francs or a Rolex from 2,500 Swiss Francs. Or why don't you buy their famed Swiss Army Knife (a good brand is Wenger) that boasts of up to 13 different gadgets - from scissors to saws?! Amazing. For late-night shopping, Buccherer is definitely THE place to go to. They were still opened when we popped in at 9.30PM that night.

There is also a department store here called Nord Mann if you're looking to buy some outfits or chocolates or... simply window-shop. Yes, chocolates are indeed dirt cheap here. If you're thinking of grabbing designer products like Bally or Gucci, you might as well forget it. The cheapest Bally shoe here costs over 300 Swiss Francs. (Gasp). And the dresses here are also very expensive and their designs VERY dated (read: conservative and BORING). Nothing like those cool dresses found in Spain, France or Italy.

And by the way, the Swatch watches here also aren't the cheapest as I've discovered. For avid collectors of Swatch watches (like myself), AUSTRALIA sells the CHEAPEST Swatch watches! You can even buy them at the duty-free shops at the airport. So, what are you waiting for? Go call up your long-lost friends, relatives and colleagues now - QUICK!

Lucerne is delightful

by keeweechic

Lucerne is delightfully picturesque and apart from cruising on the Lake and climbing Rigi, the best thing to do is just wander around the town and see the evidence of the medieval period which is still evident in the wonderfully painted buildings of the town centre and the wooden bridges that cross the River Reuss. There are wonderful sidewalk cafe's as well.

see the famous 'water spikes'....

by steventilly

see the famous 'water spikes'. No, really - it may just look like a picket fence sunk in the water, but it really is a toursit attraction. These spikes are apparently unique from a 'technical point-of-view' and are placed by hand to regulate the flow of the water. Now that may be worth watching. These spikes have been used since 1860. You can find them just down from (and connecting to) the Spreuer Bridge.

Lucerne has a well established...

by samueller

Lucerne has a well established cultural scene. We have a City Theater, two smaller theatres (Kleintheater and Theater La Fourmi), Cultural Centers (Schüür, Werkhof, boa, Sedel), several clubs with live music, and the top of it all: The newly built Cultural and Congressional Center. In the marvellous building, you can attend concerts or musical of the world's best musicians.

Tickets for any kind of cultural activity in Switzerland are mostly available at the institution itself (Lucerne theatre, Kleintheater, KKL) or at the Ticket Corner, which is located in the underground service area at the train station, in the main post office at the station square or the branch of the United Bank of Switzerland UBS at Schwanenplatz.


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