Apr 9, 2016 - 9:47 AM
in reply to Timmot
Hi Arno - thanks so much for the time taken to respond.
We've amended our trip to concentrate on the Bernese Oberland region, and will stay in Interlaken West, because of centrality to trains etc. We will use a 4 day Swiss Travel Pass but start using it only on the 3rd day after arrival. We will therefore be funding travel from arrival in Zurich on 19 August up to when we use the Pass, on the 21st. We'd like to walk aaround Thun and areas associated and prefer to keep our traveling costs down for those two days. I see there are Super Saver fares currently available, which would help but these are not always available, so would like to prepare for when that period is open for booking - when will that be?
When getting into the use of the Pass we're open to traveling around, so welcome suggestions. As the map of the Lauterbrunnen, Wengen and Grindelwald areas is not too clear on the costs of gondolbahns (?) and lifts etc, it looks like the Pass covers free trips to Wegen and Grindelwald and a 25% discount on the rest - is that correct?
When using your cell phone app would we need to arrange a local sim card - or able to use one bought, say in the UK ?
When leaving Interlaken West we head for Como.S.Giovani, which I see is covered on the Pass. Our thoughts are to use the 3hr 37min trip from Zurich via Lugano, and travel backward from Interlaken to Zurich to start that trip. There are other routes but this seemed a good one, for not having to change trains often. It does not seem as if we're required to change at Chiasso. As we are both in our 70's we're trying to avoid moving luggage unnecessarily. Do you know whether the station is far from the ferry as we may want to stay on the East side of the lake ? Thanks for the help Arno