May 21, 2010 - 12:42 PM
First of all: thank you IMNiles, for your excellent tips. It's very valuable that you've been thinking along with wisefam so thoroughly.
For wisefam: I came to the same conclusions as IMNiles. As you won't be making that many long (and therefore expensive) trips, an 8 day Swiss Pass wouldn't be worth its money, even more so because you'd still have to pay the full price on 2 out of the 10 days. According to my calculations, you'd be best off with a Swiss Half Fare Card
. It's valid on all days of your stay and offers a 50% discount on almost all trips you plan. Of course I have only been able to consider the trips you mentioned and I don't know if you have other trips in mind beside these. But if you will mainly make shorter, local trips, a Swiss Half Fare Card would be the best option. The only disadvantage is that you're missing out on the convenience of getting on and off trains without having to buy separate tickets, which is possible with a Swiss Pass. You should see for yourself what is more important for you.
A Swiss Card
would, in all, be slightly more expensive than the Swiss Half Fare Card. It offers a free trip from the airport (Zurich in your case) to your first destination and this trip must be completed within one day. If I'm correct, your first destination will be Schaffhausen or Lucerne (I don't know if you plan to travel on to Lucerne on the same day as your visit to the Rhine falls in Schaffhausen). Either way, this is a short and inexpensive trip, so you won't optimally profit from what the Swiss Card offers.
If you plan to go for the Swiss Half Fare Card option, you would need 3 of them for the 2 adults and the 16 year old; the Swiss Half Fare Card doesn't have a youth variant (as the Swiss Pass has). You can order along a free STS Family Card with your Swiss Half Fare Cards. This allows your 13 year old to travel along for free on all trips. Ordering options are further explained at the Swiss Half Fare Card page
I hope this is helpful!
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