Sep 9, 2015 - 7:13 AM
Which option is cheaper needs to be calculated based on your exact travel plans. Traveling via Lucerne takes longer but is more scenic (Golden Pass line) than the quicker route via Bern.
I don't know Swisspasses.com but looking at their page it's a combination offer. The transfer is not free, they combine a Swiss Transfer Ticket and Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland. It's 1st class only. You can get the same thing for a lower price if you would buy a Swiss Half Fare Card for the lower online price (currently € 98), a 6-day 1st class Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland (discounted for half fare card holders: CHF 270) and separate 1st class tickets Zurich to Lucerne and back for half the normal price (CHF 51). This would be about $ 435 in total (excl. shipping), for 1st class. Second class it's cheaper.
All our pass pages have a "Price" section where you can find the cheapest retailers. The cheapest one at the moment takes up to 8 business days for shipping, so that's just in time for you. Swiss Travel Passes however, can be printed at home, and only need a day or two to process and e-mail. That would be the convenient option as you can go straight from the plane to the next train without getting tickets or validating passes. From Canada you can get such a pass through www.swissrailways.com/ en or www.raileurope.ca/rail -tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html. The latter gives you a $50 discount in case of a 1st class pass.
Last modified on Sep 9, 2015 - 7:17 AM by Arno