Advice On the Right Swiss Rail Pass

Advice On the Right Swiss Rail Pass

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razumowsky
razumowsky
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Jun 21, 2011 - 10:29 AM
Hello. We (2 adults) will be travelling in Switzerland inearly July for 7 days. I've been trying to figure out which pass would be thebest choice and have yet to make a decision. Below is our approximateitinerary, and I would appreciative any suggestions you may have.

Arrive: Zurich, airport

Take train: Zürich Flughafen - arrival at InterlakenOst, no stay

Take train: Interlaken Ost – arrival at Wengen

We will be staying inWengen for 3 days and plan doing daily trips - hiking to waterfalls, K.Scheidegg, to Schilthorn.

Take train: Wengen - arrival at Interlaken Ost, no stay

Take train: Interlaken Ost – arrival at Bern

We will be staying in Bern for 2 days and plan walking around thecity, attending sightseeing places and jazz concert.

Take train: Bern – arrival at Zurich.

We will be staying in Zurich for 2 days before heading back to theairport.

We would beappreciative if you can please advise which pass card (if any) would be thebest choice for us taking into consideration our proposed trip schedule asdescribed above. For us itwould make a sense to choose a card that will provide certain discounts (orfree passes) not only to the train trips, but also to the buses in Bern, Wengen(if applicable), and Zurich.

Thank you very muchin advance.
Annika
Annika
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Jun 22, 2011 - 5:40 AM
Hi razumowsky, and welcome! The Swiss Half Fare Card would be an ideal fit for your itinerary. It offers a 50% discount on nearly all trips. Public transportation in Zurich and Bern is discounted too. All information can be found at the Swiss Half Fare Card page.

Does this answer your question? Best regards,
razumowsky
razumowsky
4 posts
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Jun 22, 2011 - 6:13 AM
Dear Annika, thanks for your prompt response!

I would appreciate your advising if a HFC provides a free/discounted access to any of museums/sightseeing places/city tours located in Zurich or Bern.

Thank you very much!
razumowsky
razumowsky
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Jun 22, 2011 - 6:17 AM
And is it possible to use a single HFC for two adults travelling together, or do we need to buy two HFC one for each.
Thanks again.
Annika
Annika
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Jun 22, 2011 - 9:27 AM
Hi razumowsky. Museums aren't included in the Swiss Half Fare Card, but there are discounts for several city tours. Please take a look at the Swiss Half Fare Card page, where you'll find more information and a link under the header 'Swiss Half Fare Card features'. You need one Swiss Half Fare Card per person, so two for two adults.
razumowsky
razumowsky
4 posts
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Jun 22, 2011 - 3:00 PM
Annika, thank you for your valuable advises.

We have decided to buy two HFC now. We want to proceed with ordering railway tickets online. Is that correct that the HFC is normally delivered to the country of order within 2-3 weeks? Do we need to wait for the HFC is delivered to my country for online orderig railway tickets? Since we plan arriving at Zurich on July 8, we need to order tickets from Zurich to Interlaken right now.

The main question is if we may proceed with ordering railway ticket (using HFC) right after purchasing HFC online? Or, do we need to wait for the HFC hard copy to proceed with ordering railway tickets online?

Could you please also confirm whether the price for the tickets will be higher if we buy the railway ticket on the date of travel rather than if we buy them now, in advance?
vaneet
vaneet
10 posts
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Jun 23, 2011 - 1:19 AM
I will be staying for 7 days in Lucerne and another 7 days in Grindelwald..as a couple. I want unlimited travel in 14 days in Swiss Rail.. Please inform, which is the most suitable Swiss Rail Pass for us, as a couple..for 14 days with free passes to Mt. Titlis, Jungfraujoch and other must see places in Switzerland.
Arno
Arno
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Jun 23, 2011 - 3:19 AM
Hi razumowsky,

The half priced tickets may be purchased at any point in time, as long as you have both the tickets and Swiss Half Fare Cards when you board the train. The point-to-point tickets are the same price locally and on the SBB website.
If you order the Swiss Half Fare Card now, it will be delivered within a couple of working days. The 2-3 weeks time span is only if you purchase well before your arrival date.

Have fun!
Arno
Arno
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Jun 23, 2011 - 3:22 AM
Hi vaneet,

The 15-day Swiss Saver Pass would be most suitable. You may get an extra discount on them. Please note that there's no pass that allows free traveling on all cable cars around Switzerland (only some regional passes do). The Swiss Saver Pass provides a 50% discount on such transportation (Jungfraujoch: 25%).

Enjoy your stay!
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:35 PM by Arno

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