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ciotime
ciotime
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Apr 9, 2016 - 11:45 AM

Hi...I just want to clarify some things.

  1. If I travel from Zurich airport to Wengen using the Swiss travel pass its free while if I use the Swiss half fare card its 50% off?
  2. Also it says " print at home for Swiss Travel Pass, Swiss Half Fare Card ". Does this mean that the printed copy which I'll do at home is already the pass one will use or do you need to exchange the printed copy in Switzerland?

Thanks.

Arno
Arno
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Apr 9, 2016 - 12:38 PM

Hi ciotime,

  1. Yes, correct.
  2. You can print the actual pass at home. So in case of the Swiss Travel Pass that means you don't need anything else and you can board the first available train from the airport. The delivery method to receive the pass through e-mail is called "Online Ticket". Please see www.swissrailways.com/ en. More purchase options.are on myswissalps.com/ swisstravelpass/price.

ciotime
ciotime
12 posts
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Apr 9, 2016 - 3:04 PM in reply to Arno

Thanks again Arno for the help. Follow up questions about the tickets. Do I need to reserve online or just buy at the station? From what Ive read so far its a bit conflicting. Some say that there are certain stations that are not " manned "...is this true? Also if say one needs to change trains for example 3 times does this mean you need to validate your ticket 3 times also or just on the initial train? Just to give you guys an idea Ive listed below my travel plans.

Day 1: Zurich airport to Wengen

Day 2: Wengen to Jungfraujoch then back to Wengen

Day 3: Wengen to Trummelbach falls then to Thun Bahnhof then back to Wengen

Day 4: Wengen to Zurich

Day 5: Zurich to Luzern to Mount Titlis ( day trip ) then back to Zurich

Arno
Arno
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Apr 9, 2016 - 4:11 PM in reply to ciotime

Hi ciotime,

There are lots of small unmanned train stations where you can buy tickets from the machines (you can do so at staffed station too). All places you mentioned have staffed stations.

Which pass will you buy? With a Swiss Travel Pass you don't need tickets so you just travel around as you wish. Only cable cars and mountain trains require a ticket. With a Swiss Half Fare Card you need tickets for each trip. You simply buy a ticket from A to B (and back to A if you wish) for a specific date. Where or how often you change trains is not relevant.

Last modified on Apr 9, 2016 - 4:12 PM by Arno
ciotime
ciotime
12 posts
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Apr 9, 2016 - 4:20 PM in reply to Arno

Thanks...do you think I should get the Swiss travel pass or the Swiss half pass? Im leaning towards getting the Half fare pass plus I dont mind buying tickets on each trip.

Last modified on Apr 9, 2016 - 4:26 PM by ciotime
Annika
Annika
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Apr 10, 2016 - 7:15 AM in reply to ciotime

Hi ciotime!

A Swiss Half Fare Card indeed seems to make most sense in your case. They're available as e-tickets through the website mentioned by Arno: www.swissrailways.com/ en.

Last modified on Apr 10, 2016 - 7:17 AM by Annika
ciotime
ciotime
12 posts
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Apr 10, 2016 - 8:53 AM in reply to Annika

Thanks!!!

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