Swiss saver 15 day pass or half fare card?

Swiss saver 15 day pass or half fare card?

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Jdream
Jdream
2 posts
new member
Feb 16, 2012 - 2:38 PM
hello,
i'm trying to figure out which pass to get for our itinerary.
i did some math, and seemed like half fare card will save us a lot of money, but i see some people recommend swiss saver pass because we will be taking a lot of trains. Which pass should we get?
Thanks in advance!!
day 1 zurich arrival
day 2 basel day trip from zurich
day 3 luzern (mt. pilatus)
day 4 zermatt (matterhorn)
day 5 zermatt and then evening train to lausanne
day 6 lausanne (half day trip to montreux)
day 7 lausanne
day 8 golden pass to interlaken. base in lauterbrunen. harder kulm.
day 9 jungfrau, and wengen
day 10 schilthorn. train to bern
day 11 bern
day 12 back to zurich
Arno
Arno
7328 posts
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moderator
Feb 17, 2012 - 9:51 AM
Hi Jdream, and welcome here on our website!

You're indeed doing quite some traveling and my first impression would also be to take a 15-day Swiss Saver Pass. It would be more convenient as well as you can just board the trains and even boats without buying tickets and an unplanned additional trip will not cost you anything extra.

Some tips:
  • While doing the math, please be aware that the timetable shows reduced single trip prices by default. Some people assume those prices to be the standard fare which will result in a different outcome.
  • If you travel in Spring or Fall, two 4-day Swiss Saver Flexi Passes might be an interesting alternative for you. There's a special offer currently so that you'll only pay half the price for those passes.
Jdream
Jdream
2 posts
new member
Feb 17, 2012 - 12:00 PM
Thanks so much!!

We are traveling from 7/29 till 8/09.

How do we book golden pass using Swiss pass to get a discount?

Thank you!!
Annika
Annika
4355 posts
expert &
moderator
Feb 18, 2012 - 11:44 AM
Hello Jdream! You should book your seat reservations independently of your Swiss Pass. The ride itself will be for free, you only have to pay for the seat reservations. Just follow the instructions mentioned at the seat reservation page to arrange for them.
sugarplumfairy
sugarplumfairy
27 posts
active member
Feb 19, 2012 - 10:41 AM
Arno said: Hi Jdream, and welcome here on our website!

You're indeed doing quite some traveling and my first impression would also be to take a 15-day Swiss Saver Pass. It would be more convenient as well as you can just board the trains and even boats without buying tickets and an unplanned additional trip will not cost you anything extra.

Some tips:
  • While doing the math, please be aware that the timetable shows reduced single trip prices by default. Some people assume those prices to be the standard fare which will result in a different outcome.
  • If you travel in Spring or Fall, two 4-day Swiss Saver Flexi Passes might be an interesting alternative for you. There's a special offer currently so that you'll only pay half the price for those passes.
HI I am trying to play with the timetable from the website http://www.sbb.ch/en/home.html
Can't seem to find anything called "reduced single trip price" on the selection.
Also what does the box half fare travel card means at the end after hitting the Fare/Buy button?

So example, from Basel to Wengen I am seeing fare as 34.80 Sfr.
Is that the right price or should I untick the half fare card price instead should I want to get the actual without any pass?
Annika
Annika
4355 posts
expert &
moderator
Feb 20, 2012 - 10:50 AM
Hi sugarplum! The SBB website shows prices including a 50% discount (for those who hold a rail pass granting such discounts). In order to get the regular full fares that apply if you don't have any pass, you have to untick this box. So CHF 34.80 is indeed the 50% discounted fare, and not the regular fare.
sugarplumfairy
sugarplumfairy
27 posts
active member
Feb 20, 2012 - 10:58 AM
Annika said: Hi sugarplum! The SBB website shows prices including a 50% discount (for those who hold a rail pass granting such discounts). In order to get the regular full fares that apply if you don't have any pass, you have to untick this box. So CHF 34.80 is indeed the 50% discounted fare, and not the regular fare.
Thanks Annika

Then is a no brainer that a pass is indeed very useful
Thanks

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