How to make this itinerary cheap & cost effective?

How to make this itinerary cheap & cost effective?

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dhivya
dhivya
25 posts
new member
Aug 23, 2011 - 1:14 PM
Dear moderator,

Your inpuls for my old queries are appreciable. Awesome forum.

We are two adults.

I need advice regarding cheapest travel (including bus) in swiss for my itinerary, mostly planned with more hiking trails & not of using transports. Rarely we will be supposing to use swiss transports unless it is necessary for our hike.

Following is my rough itinerary from 16th september to 22nd september


Swiss Day 1
-
Departing from Fussen in the morning & moving towards Lauterbrunnen by train.
stay in Hotel Staubbach lauterbrunnen.

Swiss Day 2
-
Easy hiking trail
from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg up to Breithorn
Gondola ride up to Murren + Gimmelwald
Train from murren to Grütschalp
Easy hiking trail Grütschalp-Winteregg- Murren
Gondola down to Stechelberg
Trümmelbachfälls visit
Postbus to Lauterbrunnen
& stay in Hotel Staubbach Lauterbrunnen

Swiss Day 3
-
Train
from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen & stay in Hotel Jungfraublick (Is there any gondola for this trip)

Swiss Day 4
-
Gondola
ride up to Mannlichen
Easy hiking trail Mannlichen - Kleine Scheidegg (KS)
Train from KS to Jungfraujoch
Train from Jungfraujoch to KS
Easy hiking trail KS to Wengernalp
Train from Wengernalp to Wengen
& stay in Hotel Bernerhof,Wengen

Swiss Day 5
-
Train
from Wengen to Grindelwald (if any other cheap option!!!)
Bus from Grindelwald to Itramen
& Stay in Hotel Alpen

Swiss Day 6
-
Bus from Itramen to Grindelwald
Gondola ride from Grindelwald to First
Easy Hiking trail First - Bachalpsee - First
Easy hiking trail First - Grosse Scheidegg
Bus from Grosse Scheidegg to Meringen
Day trip to aareschlucht+Reichenbach falls from Meringen
& stay in Hotel Alpen

Swiss Day 7
-
Heading to Geneva to take TGV departing at 16:30 to paris

Looking forward to your kind assistance,

Thanks in advance

Dhivyak
Arno
Arno
7720 posts
expert &
moderator
Aug 24, 2011 - 1:47 PM
Hi dhivya,

Thank for your compliments! I'm glad you find our forum useful.

The Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland (currently on sale) would be a good choice. You're not traveling great distances in the Bernese Oberland, but you do multiple trips every day and most of it is mountain transportation and relatively costly. So you definitely need a pass. An alternative would be the Swiss Card. Those are the two options to look into.

Lauterbrunnen to Wengen is by train, there is no other means of transport.

There are 3 routes from Wengen to Grindelwald:
- Train via Lauterbrunnen, Zweilütschinen
- Train via Kleine Scheidegg
- Gondola via Männlichen to Grindelwald Grund, train to Grindelwald.

The first option is the cheapest. Unless you use a free travel day of the Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland, then it would all be free. All prices are listed on the Jungfraubahnen website.

Have fun!
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:31 PM by Arno
dhivya
dhivya
25 posts
new member
Aug 24, 2011 - 4:05 PM
Thanks for your help, Arno

For Wengen to Grindelwald trip, Definitely my vote is for train via Lauterbrunnen, Zweilütschinen

As per your advice, I decided to buy Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland 2 in 1 offer. Once again Thanks Arno for your help to fine tune my plan.
But still I have doubts to be cleared

1. Are our names & 7 travel dates printed on the ticket??? Can it be like flexi pass??? How to activate my pass?? Is there any closing date for this offer?

2. Could you help? which days of this itinerary are opt for free travel days and which are discount days???

3. Is it worth to use for Fussen to Lauterbrunnen trip on Day 1 as free day??? Shall I break this trip at Bern???
I think Day 6 should be a free day!!!
What about Day 2 or else Day 4???

I'm in a fix. I am totally confused about how to use it cost effectively.
What is your opinion regarding swiss transfer card.???

4. If I buy this offer, In how many days, I will get the passes in hand???. I'm from South India.

5. Added to all, I'm supposed to leave India on 9th september 2011 for Europe trip, Mean while I should possess them with me

Again thanks
Looking for your response

dhivyak
Arno
Arno
7720 posts
expert &
moderator
Aug 24, 2011 - 6:04 PM
You're welcome dhivyak!

The offer is valid until October 31. All details are here. All details on the pass, including estimated delivery dates, purchase options, etc, are here.

Only the first travel day will be printed on the pass. The pass has fields to fill out the dates of the free travel days. You can use them as you like (consecutive or non-consecutive). Here's information about how to travel most economical. It helps on deciding whether or not to take a free travel day.

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