Aug 2, 2012 - 11:40 AM
Apologies in advance for how long and complicated this question is, but I want to ask the experts here if I'm missing something.
And a quick question at the beginning: are fares for children under 6 always free? Including local/mountain rail (e.g. Rigi bahn) and Boat (SGV)?
Now the longer, complicated part!
We've bought the Tell-Pass for 7-10 day trips to the Luzern area and it has really worked out well for trips where we only stayed in the Luzern area (Weggis). The 5/15 pass works out great for a 7 day trip with a lot of mountain rail and boat usage on 5 of the days and hikes on the other two.
This trip, we're flying into Geneva and staying near Lausanne for a few days before heading to Luzern/Weggis.
I was looking at the Swiss Card and the Half Fare card, and it doesn't seem like it will be worth it for this trip for two adults, one child (4 years).
Half fare cards are CHF 110, Swiss Cards CHF 186
Trip from GVA to where we're staying near Lausanne CHF 15 (free with Swiss Card)
Trip from there to Luzern CHF 35 (1/2 with either STS card)
Trip from Luzern to ZRH by taxi (no rail savings).
Tell Pass CHF 50 discount with STS card
15+17+50 = CHF 82 vs 186 Swiss Card
7+17+50 = CHF 74 vs 110 half fare card Card
So unless we plan to spend a ton on local travel in two-three days around Lausanne, the STS cards don't seem worth it. And if we do that, we'd be better off getting the Geneva regional pass at around CHF 99 (but it would take a LOT of local travel to make that worth it).
Am I missing something?
Thanks so much in advance for reading, and for any advice!