Swiss Saver pass or Swiss half Fare Card Dilemma

Swiss Saver pass or Swiss half Fare Card Dilemma

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anmavipr
anmavipr
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Apr 13, 2011 - 3:01 PM
We are visting Switzerland. Family of 2 Kids (5 and below) and 2 Adults.

we are going to be in Swtizerland for 8 days and our itenary is as below.
Day1 Arrive at Zurich - Take train to Lucerne
Day2 Lucerne (Mt Pilatus)
DAy3 Lucerne (Mt Titlis)
Day4 Train from Lucerne -> Interlaken (stay at Lauterbrunnen)

DAy5 Lauterbrunnen (Jungfraujoch, go via Grindelwald, First and come back via
Kliene Scheidegg)
Day6 Lauterbrunnen (Schilthorn, Wengen/Murren)
Day7 Train from Lauterbrunnen -> Zurich
Day8 Leave from Zurich

we are originially planning to get swisssaver pass First class for 8 days. (unlimited train travel) -> 1064$ for 2.

Now Iam thinking if i can manage with Swiss Half fare card ($300 for 2) and go get half price tickets on my individual travel dates.

Both these cards offer the same discount on Jungfraujoch trains and the rides for Mt.Pilatus and Mt.Titlis. so why should i spend more money on the Swisssaver pass

On top of that , iam only travelling on regular trains for only 3 days. (1,3 and 7). I don't need a pass for 8 days. I can get to pick whether i want to travel First class or not on the regular trains.

I can choose first class on the Jungfraujoch train and get half off with the half fare card anyways.

Should i buy Swisssaver First Class or Buy Swiss Half Fare card ?
Arno
Arno
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Apr 13, 2011 - 4:08 PM
Hi anmavipr,

The Swiss Half Fare Card indeed looks like a good choice for your itinerary. It gets you a 50% discount on the Jungfrau. A Swiss Saver Pass would provide a 25% discount there.

Where are you from and what currency are you referring to? US dollars? I'm asking because I did not find the prices you mentioned.

The Jungfrau train only has 2nd class coaches by the way.
anmavipr
anmavipr
3 posts
new member
Apr 13, 2011 - 4:10 PM
iam from USA and Currency is US$.
Arno
Arno
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Apr 14, 2011 - 2:40 AM
Hi anmavipr,

Did you check the Swiss Pass page and Swiss Half Fare Card page for the prices? The current prices for an online purchase listed there are US$ 1038 for an 8-day 1st class Swiss Saver Pass for 2 people, and US$ 271.03 for 2 Swiss Half Fare Cards.

Perhaps it's good to know that a 2nd class Swiss Saver Pass also allows you to travel 1st class for specific trips, as you can purchase upgrade tickets for the price difference between 1st and 2nd class.
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:35 PM by Arno
anmavipr
anmavipr
3 posts
new member
Apr 14, 2011 - 4:02 PM
Thanks Arno, for giving us the exact Cost on the Card.

This site says the following .
"The Swiss Half Fare Card is valid for nearly all trains, including special trains such as the Glacier Express, Bernina Express, Heidi Express and Mont Blanc Express. The same applies to bus services: the Swiss Half Fare Card is valid for about all buses, but on some special routes, a surcharge (Alpine Ticket) or a seat reservation is required.
"

So does this includes rail Europe Trains ? For some reason the rail europe seems to only Indicate Swiss Pass.

would i get half fare in golden pass train
from Lucerne to Interlaken?
Arno
Arno
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Apr 15, 2011 - 7:50 AM
Hi anmavipr,

I'm not sure what you mean with "does this include Rail Europe trains?". The Swiss Pass page and Swiss Half Fare Card page include links to network maps showing exactly where you can use the pass. All trains running on the sections on those maps are included, either for free or discounted. The Golden Pass route is discounted by 50% with a Swiss Half Fare Card.

Rail Europe does not sell Swiss Half Fare Cards. You would buy it through STC, as indicated on the Swiss Half Fare Card page.
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:35 PM by Arno

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