Sep 2, 2014 - 7:42 AM
AMerchant is right: you'd better get a Swiss Card as that includes your transfer to Zermatt and your return transfer from Saas-Fee for free. If you buy a Swiss Half Fare Card you would need to buy discounted tickets too. All in all you save more than CHF 30 per person with the Swiss Card. This assumes you will NOT use the Erlebnis Card for the inbound and outbound trips, which is best as the card only includes 3 to 5 days of traveling which you will probably need for your day trips. Using these days for your inbound and outbound trips will still require tickets as far as Visp and you would still pay (slightly) more with a Swiss Half Fare Card.
As for the savings with each card/pass: please visit the pass pages I linked to and download the map. Discounts of multiple passes don't accumulate.
You can purchase the Swiss Card and the discounted Erlebnis Card from the official Swiss Railways shop (www.swissrailways.com) and have it delivered to the US in 5 days. The cards can be validated by yourself so you can immediately board the trains without the need to go visit a ticket office. Of course you can also get everything at local Swiss rail stations (you need all travelers and their passports to be present).
I hope this clarifies things!
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 1:05 PM by Arno