Best purchase option for Bernese Oberland Pass

Best purchase option for Bernese Oberland Pass

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Mariahbay
Mariahbay
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May 18, 2016 - 7:01 PM

Great site and thanks for the Pass Planner spreadsheet. As a result of our calculations, we decided to get the Six Day BO Pass and buy individual tickets between Zurich and Bern going to Wengen and from Luzern to Zurich on the return. If we were to purchase online, it appears that Swissrailways.com doesn’t offer a print at home option, but a pricey TNT delivery to the US or a almost similar fee to pick it up at ZRH. I checked the SBB site indicates that it is possible through them. Would there be really any cost advantage to pre purchase the pass or would it be more prudent to just wait until we arrive at ZRH Train Station and get it then?

Arno
Arno
7696 posts
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May 19, 2016 - 5:42 AM

Hi Mariahbay,

Glad to hear that spreadsheet was helpful! It's indeed a pity that this pass is not available as a print at home pass yet. The main advantage of buying in advance is saving time. It will be ready to use (you just need to write your passport number on it), so you can board your first train quickly instead of waiting for a ticket office. Note that www.swissrailways.com/ en/products/ regionalberneseoberlan dpass also offers a much cheaper option to deliver the pass to any address in Switzerland, e.g. your hotel. Of course this will only work if you don't need the pass before you reach your first hotel. So if you spend your first night in Zurich for example, this would be a good option.

natalie12
natalie12
4 posts
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May 19, 2016 - 9:46 AM

Hi Mariahbay,

Just to let you know, I purchased our 6 day Bernese Oberland Passes from SBB yesterday, and was able to print them off straight away with no problems.

Arno
Arno
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May 19, 2016 - 10:06 AM in reply to natalie12

Good to know about, thanks!

Mariahbay
Mariahbay
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new member
May 19, 2016 - 2:36 PM in reply to natalie12

Thanks. I'll do it when we get within their strange 10 day availability window.

Claire
Claire
3 posts
new member
May 19, 2016 - 9:56 PM in reply to natalie12

How did you do that?

i tried a few days ago and since I live in California there was no print at home possibility.

i would love to know how you were able to print at home!

Thanks in advance!!

Aussie01
Aussie01
3 posts
new member
May 20, 2016 - 11:17 AM

I purchased 5 Bernese Oberland passes a few weeks ago and they arrived to Australia quite quickly. The cost for TNT freight was quite expensive however I just wanted to have them and be ready to use them as soon as we arrived in the area as we are travelling from Venice.

From what I could see they are only available print at home within about a week of the date you plan to use them. I was not keen to wait and order them so close to us leaving in case they did not arrive before we left.

natalie12
natalie12
4 posts
new member
May 20, 2016 - 11:22 AM in reply to Claire

Claire, by the sounds of it the print at home option is only available a week or so before the start date - I purchased ours 3 days before our trip which may be why it worked? Also I was buying from UK, not sure if that would make any difference. Sorry I'm not much help!

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