May 27, 2014 - 8:13 PM
in reply to LivingBigMC
Thank you for sharing your compliments about our site here! I am glad the select your pass guide has been helpful. You have done your homework so well. The passes you are considering are the same ones I would have picked.
Ebenalp is indeed 50% off with all the passes. I would prefer the Swiss Saver Flexi Pass for several reasons:
- The actual price is 10% less than what you quoted, because as a group you can buy the Saver variant;
- You don't need tickets on 3 of the days. You could even add an extra (boat) trip if you feel like it, at no additional cost;
- The entire trip to Mürren is free on a free travel day. Those lifts are included;
- You get an additional $50 discount per order if you purchase before June 6, so that makes it even cheaper than buying it in Switzerland. See here for details. There is a forum discussion about it as well.
The transfer from the airport to Zurich on day 1 would not be included in the pass, but a ticket is only CHF 6.60. Alternatively you could buy Zurich Cards which you may want for the rest of your stay in town anyway, and that includes this ride as well. More info and links are here.
More pass information is here, including a map of what's included: www.myswissalps.com/swissflexipass
As for where to buy: I would buy the pass online and additional tickets as you go. There is no need to book tickets in advance, as seat reservations are not required or even common on most routes. Also, there is no way of knowing in advance which of your plans can actually be carried out, as high altitude hiking is not an option if the weather is bad, and viewing points wouldn't be worth it either. You can just board any train with your Swiss Pass, or your Swiss Flexi Pass on a free travel day. With the Swiss Half Fare Card, or the non-free travel days of the Swiss Flexi Pass, you would buy a half fare ticket from the machine or the ticket office and then board.
For your last day, an airport hotel with a free transfer to the airport may come in handy.
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 12:58 PM by Arno