Regional-Pass Berner Oberland 1 week Lauterbrunnen

Regional-Pass Berner Oberland 1 week Lauterbrunnen

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curlygrrrl
curlygrrrl
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May 27, 2014 - 12:13 PM

We are staying in Lauterbrunnen for one week, flying in from Zurich. We plan to hike 3-4 days, day trip to Bern, maybe the Lakes area, and, weather permitting, the Jungfraujoch. I am trying to decide if it makes sense to buy the regional pass. I've run through a couple of sample itineraries, but since I don't know what hikes we'll be taking due to weather, I can't tell if it it would be cost effective to buy a half fare card and then buy tickets as we go, or buy the regional pass as well. Last night I thought it might make sense to buy a regular ticket from Zurich to Luzern, and then use a 6 day regional pass for the balance. Last day out take a one way from Lauterbrunnen to the airport. Any thoughts? I'm a tax attorney by training and the decision process for these passes has brought me to my knees!!!

Leaving this Friday!!!Thanks for any thoughts.

Arno
Arno
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May 27, 2014 - 2:08 PM in reply to curlygrrrl

Hi curlygrrrl,

Yes, it can be quite a challenge to choose. This page should help. Did you already check that out? The key is to first have a detailed itinerary, then do the math. But you are right that the weather may dictate what the options are. However, you will probably still travel in bad weather, just to different locations. A boat trip can still be enjoyable in light rain, for example.

Anyway, a Swiss Half Fare Card works out about CHF 80 per person cheaper if you just take the trip to and from Lauterbrunnen, Jungfraujoch and Bern into account. However, if you add more trips (boats, cable cars), the Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland is becoming more attractive. In the end, it's a choice between the fixed price of the Regional-Pass which includes almost everything, and the Swiss Half Fare Card and pay as you go. See the links for more pass details.

Hopefully this helps a bit.

curlygrrrl
curlygrrrl
4 posts
new member
May 27, 2014 - 3:13 PM

I think my biggest challenge at this point is not having a crystal ball. ;)

I think I'll do a full fare round trip to Luzern, and use the 8 day regional pass from there on, I very much like the idea of not fussing with tickets for each ride.

Your website is extremely helpful, I hope I will be able to access it whilst in Switzerland. Thank you very much for your prompt response.

Arno
Arno
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May 27, 2014 - 4:26 PM

Our website works on tablets and phones too, so if you have a wifi signal or mobile internet it should work fine. Enjoy your stay!

curlygrrrl
curlygrrrl
4 posts
new member
Jun 18, 2014 - 7:14 PM
Trip report: purchased full fare round trip from Zurich to Lucerne and then used an 8 day Berner Oberland regional pass for our week. Although I think we about broke even between buying a half fare card and paying as we went versus the Berner Oberland Regional pass, it was extremely easy and relaxing to just "flash the pass" as we took rail, cogwheel trains, buses, boats, gondolas, and cable cars. Not fussing with buying tickets was especially appreciated when we were running to make a connection.
Last modified on Jun 18, 2014 - 7:14 PM by curlygrrrl
Arno
Arno
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Jun 19, 2014 - 9:29 AM

Hi curlygrrrl,

Thanks for reporting back! Good to hear that you liked the convenience of the pass. You may win some of your money back by submitting a trip report as explained here :-)

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