Swiss HF Pass, Golden Pass, etc

Swiss HF Pass, Golden Pass, etc

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lming
lming
3 posts
new member
Aug 2, 2011 - 8:42 PM
Hi,

I need a suggestion if Swiss Half Fare is the best option for my coming up trip to Switzerland. There will be 3 adults travelling together.

My itinerary will be
Day 1: Arrive Zurich airport in the evening and travel to Lucerne - Stay at Lucerne for 2 night
Day 2: Explore Lucerne city
Day 3: Travel from Lucerne to Interlaken and Lauterbrunnen - Stay at Lauterbrunnen for 2 night
Day 4: From Lauterbrunnen heading to Jungfrau Top of Europe and return to Lauterbrunnen
Day 5: From Lauterbrunnen to Interlaken to Zurich airport

Q1: Is the Swiss Half Fare best option for my trip 4-5days trip?
Q2: Will the Swiss Half Fare apply to my Lucerne to Interlaken with Golden Pass trip? If yes, how much it would be?
Q3: Will the Swiss Half Fare apply to Jungfrau trip? If yes, how much it would be?

Look forward for your feedback and suggestion.

Thanks.
Annika
Annika
4418 posts
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Aug 3, 2011 - 10:42 AM
Hi lming, and welcome to the forum. Yes, the Swiss Half Fare Card is a good choice. It's valid on both the Golden Pass trip and on the Jungfraujoch trip, offering a 50% discount on regular prices. Prices can be checked using the Swiss timetable; further explanation can be found in the FAQ. If you click the link to the map 'Overview of the network on which the Swiss Half Fare Card is valid' on the Swiss Half Fare Card page, an exact overview of validity will be displayed.
lming
lming
3 posts
new member
Aug 3, 2011 - 7:59 PM
Hi Annika,

I can just buy the Swiss Half Fare card at the Zurich airport am I right? And all the train ticket from Zurich to Lucerne to Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen to Jungfrau and return to Lauterbrunnen and to Zurich airport, I can buy on the day at the train station do I?

Do I need to book or reserve a seat for the Golden Pass train as we will be travelling on Saturday? I search in the goldenpass website and no free seat available for 2nd class. Will we still be able to take the morning 9:55am ride if in this case?

What about the Jungfrau train/gonodola ride/rcog railway ticket? Do I need to buy it in advance and reserve a seat too?

By the way, do you have any suggestion on what or where should I go for my Day 3? We pretty much just travel to Lauterbrunnen to check in our hotel and the waterfall nearby? Is there any other things or place we should go for a visit while we on the way from Lucerne?

xox
Arno
Arno
7726 posts
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Aug 5, 2011 - 10:46 AM
Hi lming,

Don't worry, we'll answer all posts. Yes, the Swiss Half Fare Card is available at the airport and online. It's explained on the Swiss Half Fare Card page. Other tickets can be purchased at the rail station. You don't need reservations anywhere unless an exception is listed for your specific train in the timetable.

On your day 3, it would be an option to get off the train in Brienz and travel to Interlaken by boat. Then continue by train from there. You can also do the cog rail trip up the Brienzer Rothorn from Brienz. Or get off the train in Meiringen to visit the Reichenbach Fall or Aareschlucht. It's listed on this page.

Have fun!
lming
lming
3 posts
new member
Aug 7, 2011 - 6:56 PM
Thank you Arno! :-)

We will be travelling with luggages, will that be not so convenient for us to change train and travel by boat? I know there is an suggestion on store the luggage in the locker at train station, yet we are not returning to the Lucerne or Briez as we are heading down south to Interlaken/Lauterbrunnen.
Arno
Arno
7726 posts
expert &
moderator
Aug 8, 2011 - 12:49 AM
Hi lming,

It's no problem to take along luggage on the boat.

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