May 8, 2010 - 4:55 AM
Hello Rie3001! You're correct: the Regional Pass Bernese Oberland offers discounts from Bern to Thun and from Brünig Hasliberg to Lucerne. The rest of these trips to and from Gimmelwald would be for free on a free travel day. If your main travel plans will be within the Bernese Oberland, and if it's important for you to have a few days of unlimited traveling, the 7 day Regional Pass Bernese Oberland could indeed be a good choice. It covers the boats on lake Brienz and lake Thun and if you use a free travel day, this boat rides are for free as well. You will find a link to the network on which the Regional Pass is valid on the Regional Pass Bernese Oberland page
I'm not sure if you will be doing some traveling around Lucerne as well, as this wouldn't be covered by a Regional Pass Bernese Oberland. Which pass is most economical, ultimately depends on your exact travel plans. To help you out a bit: the regular costs of the trips you mention, most of which can be found in the onlime timetable
, are as follows:
- Basel - Stechelberg CHF 66.00
- Stechelberg - Gimmelwald - Stechelberg CHF 11.00
- Interlaken - Thun - Interlaken by boat CHF 65.00
- Interlaken - Brienz - Interlaken by boat CHF 46.00
- Stechelberg - Lucerne CHF 66.00
- Lucerne - Basel CHF 31.00 (assuming you'll be traveling to Germany via Basel)
- Total CHF 285.00
If you focus on just these trips, a Swiss Half Fare Card
would in fact be cheaper than a Regional Pass Bernese Oberland. The 7 day Regional Pass costs CHF 230.00. To use it in the best way, you should use your 3 free travel days for the most expensive journeys, which would in your case be the Swiss part of your inbound trip from Bern to Stechelberg, a boat trip on lake Thun and the journey from Gimmelwald to Lucerne. The extra costs (for example for a reduced boat ride on lake Brienz (CHF 23.00), the reduced trips between Bern and Thun (CHF 7.40) and between Brünig Hasliberg and Lucerne (CHF 9.80), and the full price trip from Lucerne back to the Swiss border (CHF 31.00)) would be CHF 71.20, making a total of CHF 301.20.
A Swiss Half Fare Card costs CHF 99.00 and grants a 50% reduction on almost all trips in Switzerland. The total costs of the trips you mention would be CHF 285.00 and with the Swiss Half Fare Card you would pay half this amount, being CHF 142.50, making a total of CHF 241.50. In addition, you only need a ticket from Paris to Basel instead of Bern, which is cheaper as well. Of course I'm not sure what other trips you have in mind. If you want to take other trips into account as well you can make your calculations following the instructions in our Swiss rail FAQ
I hope this helps you out a bit! I understand that this is a complex issue, but I'm sure that your journey in Switzerland will be more relaxed :-).