Clarification required on Flexi pass rules

Clarification required on Flexi pass rules

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atmdel
atmdel
10 posts
new member
Feb 3, 2016 - 5:41 AM

Hi! was evaluating which pass to go for and had a few questions - the answers would help me in choosing which pass to go for. Please do share your understanding as i find the rules not very explicit :)

1. Suppose I Buy an 8 day Flexi pass - on the days i choose not to use it ( i am in switzerland for 17 days), do i still get :

  • a. discounts via the museum card if i choose to visit a museum on a day that i’m not using the flexi pass but paying normal train fare?
  • b. Discounts if i buy a regional card on the days in between - esp BO pass or Tell pass?

2. If I buy the flexi pass with HFC, Can I :

  • a. Use the HFC on day 1 and Flexi pass on day 2?
  • b. Will I be able to use family card for my daughter on days that I'm not using flexi, but just using HFCc. Get museum discounts even on in between days that im using HFC ie if a museum is close by , so doesn't make sense to use it as a flexi day, will i still get an entry discount because i have a Flexi pass?

Basically I am leaning towards a flexi pass supplemented by Regional pass like BO - but still working on the math :)

Thanks for your help!

Arno
Arno
7720 posts
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Feb 3, 2016 - 6:30 AM

Hi atmdel,

You can find such details on myswissalps.com/ swisstravelpassflex/ howtouse.

1. No, there are no discounts or other advantages on those days.

2. a. This is the Swiss Travel Pass Flex Combi. The "Combi" part (Swiss Half Fare Card) only applies between the first and last free travel day.

2. b. The Swiss Family Card can be used on all days. Free museums entrance only applies on free travel days. There are no discounts either.

In general a Swiss Travel Pass Flex is not a good choice for most travelers. It's too expensive and there are too many limitations. Of course there are exceptions where it is actually a good fit. But usually, a Swiss Travel Pass, Swiss Half Fare Card, or a regional pass is better and cheaper. You should indeed do the math. It's explained here.

atmdel
atmdel
10 posts
new member
Feb 3, 2016 - 6:42 AM

Hi.

Thanks for the clarifications ... The Swiss travel pass is not making sense in my case coz we are arriving in Zurich, spending a night and heading out to lake como via Lugano. Then after 4 nights come back to do Switzerland for 12 days. So I cannot use the Swiss travel pass as I don't have 15 consecutive days :(. My only option would be flexi pass for 15 days or then regional passes like tell pass and BO/ Jungfrau pass.

Post como I am spending 4 nights in Lucerne, 5 nights in Wengen and 2 nights in Lausanne. Heading back from Lausanne to zurichvto catch flight back home.

Arno
Arno
7720 posts
expert &
moderator
Feb 3, 2016 - 7:00 AM

Hi atmdel,

There might be another option. There are very cheap tickets from Zurich to Milan (and thus Como) if you book early: myswissalps.com/traint ickets/italy/price. In that case you can just buy a pass for the days after Lake Como. A 15-day Swiss Travel Pass could make sense as your 3 base towns are spread over Switzerland, so regional passes may not work. Perhaps you could even do with an 8-day pass if you plan your first and last days wisely. You may again be able to buy a cheap ticket from Italy to Lucerne, for example.

But, as said, the only way to know for sure is to the math. The link in my previous post will help you do so. This promotion might be of interest too: myswissalps.com/forum/ topic/book-early-to-save-35-on-train-tickets.

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