Jun 4, 2011 - 5:15 PM
Thank you for providing this forum for questions and answers on the myriad of options for travel within Switzerland!
My husband and are arriving Zurich on July 7, we will stay in Lauterbrunnen for ~5 days to explore and acclimate, and then we will hike the Apline Pass Route (APR) for several weeks.
1. The Swiss Card states that it provides round trip rail to/from your "resort" to the airport or border. Our need is not literally a round trip.. Rather from Zurich to Lauterbrunnen and from Saanen back to Zurich. Is this considered to be a valid round trip on the Swiss Card?
2. Does one purchase the Swiss card, before purchasing the train tickets? I see that the online booking system for the train from Zurich to Lauterbrunnen states reservation required. I don't think I can make a reservation, without actually purchsing the ticket, and in order for the ticket to be free, I'd need to have the Swiss Card, right?
3. We conclude that the Swiss Card is a good option for us while hiking the APR, to allow for bad weather alternatives, side trips, shorten long days, etc. Would you agree? Doesn't seem like we would really need the Swiss Pass. Please confirm if this is what you recommend.