SOURCE: Rail Europe

December 10, 2007 13:24 ET

Save up to 15% by Buying Swiss Pass in North America Before You Go

WHITE PLAINS, NY--(Marketwire - December 10, 2007) - Travelers can save up to 15% on a Swiss Pass if they purchase it here in North America from Rail Europe, rather than waiting until they arrive in Switzerland. The largest North American supplier of European rail travel, Rail Europe is owned in part by the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB).

Unlike other travel products purchased in Europe that have become more expensive as the dollar falls against European currencies, the dollar prices of all Swiss Travel System products sold in North America by Rail Europe are fixed for the entire year. Because the dollar has fallen 15% against the Swiss franc recently, a traveler buying here in North America saves considerably over purchasing the pass in francs in Switzerland.

"Most travelers assume that they get a better deal locally, rather than buying here at home," said Frederic Langlois, President and CEO of Rail Europe. "But in this case, you save 15% by buying before you leave for Europe."

The Swiss Pass in 2008 starts at $174 (2nd class) or $261 (1st class) per adult for 4 consecutive days of travel on Swiss trains, postal buses, city transit systems and lake steamers, and the price is guaranteed for the whole year. Swiss Passes are also available for non-consecutive days within a longer time frame (Flexipass). Among the bonuses of a Swiss Pass: free admission to more than 400 museums throughout Switzerland, 50% discount on most mountaintop excursions by special trains or cable cars, as well as discounts on high-speed and overnight trains to France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Austria. Children under 16 travel free when accompanied by a parent with a paid Swiss Pass. A Swiss Pass is valid for travel up to 6 months after the date of purchase.

For more information or to book individual or group travel on Swiss trains, and trains throughout Europe, contact your travel agent, or log on to www.raileurope.com (in the U.S.) or www.raileurope.ca (Canada). Or call Rail Europe at 1-888-382-7245 (in U.S.) or 1-800-361-7245 (Canada). For information on Swiss destinations, log on to www.myswitzerland.com

Photos: high-resolution photos of Swiss trains and trains throughout Europe may be downloaded by the media at www.raileurope.com/presspix.

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