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lsmith4717
lsmith4717
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Feb 18, 2015 - 7:53 PM

Hello. I am in the final process of planning our family (2 adults, 2 8 year olds) trip to Switzerland beginning in early March. We have two known days of non train travel in the middle of the trip, with all other days likely on train transport of some kind. We are starting in Zurich, spending the night in Chur (Day 1), taking the BE for a day trip and overnighting near St. Moritz (Day 2). We will then take the GE midway and stop off for night 3 somewhere along the way (open to suggestions, but was thinking Andermatt) (Day 3). The next day is open (thinking Interlaken) (Day 4), and then staying for 2 nights near Martigny (Days 5-6). Open for suggestions for day 7, spending the night near Zurich.

I was leaning towards the flex combo pass. I wanted to confirm that I need to use the pass on the first day and last day in order to be able to use the half fare combi piece. Would the pass also work for a 50% discount on the Jungfraujoch mountain railway (as long as that was one of our travel days)?

Sorry, very confused on what the combi actually gives you.

Kind regards.

Annika
Annika
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Feb 18, 2015 - 8:13 PM

Hi lsmith4717,

The Swiss Travel Pass Flex Combi gives you all the benefits (discounts) of the Swiss Half Fare Card, on top of the free traveling included in the Swiss Travel Pass Flex. This includes a 50% discount on the Jungfraujoch trip as well; you don't need to use a free travel day for that. Indeed you only get the discounts between the first and last free travel day. Be sure to buy the pass online as that's cheaper than in Switzerland as you can see here.

Most towns along the Glacier Express route are quite small. Around early March, it will be chilly, and it's still winter sports season in the mountains. It depends on your interests which town is best. Münster is a nice small typical Swiss village. Riederalp and Bettmeralp are up on the mountain, car free, pretty touristy, but really nice if you like the snow.

For tips about hotels, e.g. close to the rail station or Zurich airport, please check myswissalps.com/hotels.

Last modified on Feb 18, 2015 - 8:14 PM by Annika
lsmith4717
lsmith4717
3 posts
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Feb 18, 2015 - 8:25 PM in reply to Annika

Thank you very much. So in order to utilize the 50% discount, we need to use the on of the Pass Flex days on the last day, or is it 'valid' for a month after the first day? I want to use the Pass Flex days on the days that the trains are the most expensive.

Last question, would the Jungfraujoch (or Interlaken area) be reachable in a reasonable time from Munster, Reideralp or Bettmeralp? Are we better off going to the Interlaken region instead or all the way to Zermatt (scenery wise, things to do wise)?

Lisa

Arno
Arno
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Feb 19, 2015 - 1:55 PM

Hi Lisa,

The discounts are not valid for a month after the first day free travel day. They are valid between the first and last free travel day, so that's how you must start and end your trip.

The Interlaken region offers the most flexibility: there's a lot to see/do and there are options for bad weather too. That's more difficult in the other towns. Also it's the best base for a Jungfraujoch trip. The other towns are too far away. For example: Münster to Jungfraujoch is 5 hours one way, so not doable as a day trip.

Kind regards,

Arno

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