Feb 3, 2016 - 11:32 AM
We are planning a 5 day trip to Switzerland at the end of February. I have spent days trying to understand which passes work where and which one is best for our tentative itinerary. But I still have some questions and I can't seem to find a way to call the SBB directly. So, I am hoping someone in this forum can help.
We are 2 adults and one 12-year old child. We plan to fly in and out of Zurich. Our current plan has us travelling by train Zurich-Luzern, then Luzern-Interlakken, then a day trip to Jungfraujoch, and finally back to Zurich. We considered doing Zermatt but I think that might be too much in only 5 days. BTW - we aren't skiing though we could if it worked out. Our primary goal is to enjoy switzerland in its winter beauty.
The most expensive part of the journey (Jungfraujoch) day drip seems to be the most confusing. I have seen there there is a discount with the half price card, but does that same discount apply if you have the flex pass. Since most of the other trips are pretty cheap, the flex pass or the half price card only seem worth it if we get some significant discount on Jungfraujoch. If you put in interlaken to jungfraujoch in the ticket system, it costs 204CHF roundtrip. But in some places it has advertised prices as 135CHR from Lucern. Some info tells me that the passes work for part of the journey and there is a discount for the other part? We are not married to the day trip originating and ending in Interlaken, but this seemed common from looking at the map.
Also, I understand that our child is free when traveling with us on a "Swiss Travel System" ticket. Is this any ticket (even single tickets) or only passes? It wasn't clear to me.
So basically we are looking for the best rail options starting and ending in Zurich, something with scenery that includes Lucern for sure and Interlaken perhaps, with a day trip to a must-see scenic winter destination (jungfraujoch but open to other ideas). This should be the lowest total price possible for 2 adults and one child.
Sorry for the confusion but there are so many options and the discount for Jungfraujoch and child traveling free makes a huge impact on which tickets to buy.