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ayala
ayala
5 posts
new member
Jul 26, 2012 - 1:41 PM
Hi,
We're 4 adults going to stay in Engelberg for 8 days in August. We're a bit confused by all the possible travel passes and would really appreciate your help.
We are planning to visit Zurich, the Rhine Falls, Lucerne, go up the Titlis of course, and the Engelberg area by trains and cablecars.
What would the best travel card be for us?
Thanks!
Ayala
Arno
Arno
7311 posts
expert &
moderator
Jul 27, 2012 - 10:35 AM
Hi Ayala, and welcome the forum. If you like the idea of free traveling on all days of your stay, without having to buy discounted tickets, consider an 8 day Swiss Saver Pass. This is certainly the most convenient option. You can also consider a Swiss Card, but whether this is economical depends on how you've planned your inbound and outbound trips. If these are relatively short and cheap, the Swiss Half Fare Card would be better than the Swiss Card.

You can try to make some calculations to find out which pass is best.

Does this get you started?
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:35 PM by Arno
ayala
ayala
5 posts
new member
Jul 29, 2012 - 3:57 PM
Thank you! It was indeed a good start, and it's a real pleasure to have an expert help out! (I was away from the computer the last two days...) But I would still like to ask my question again, in a more detailed and accurate way, if I may.
First of all, I made a mistake when writing to you - our trip is 9 days, not 8, and that nixes the Swiss Pass, as on the first and last days of our stay we travel the most - to and from the airport.
Also, what we plan on is one day trip to Zurich, including a visit to the Rhine Falls, one day trip to Lucerne and a climb on the Pilatus, and the rest of the days - hiking trips around Engelberg, going up the Titlis and using cablecars and local trains. If you have any ideas of other places we should go to, we'd be happy to hear about them (not the Interlaken area - we were there last year...)
We'd like to know if the half-fare card gives us a discount on the Titlus and Pilatus lifts, and, according to what we're planning on doing, if it is, indeed, the best for us.

Also, how much it costs for 4 adults traveling together - somehow I can't find it with all the other cards.

Thanks a lot!
Ayala
ayala
ayala
5 posts
new member
Jul 29, 2012 - 4:00 PM
I just saw on the Titlis site that they don't accept the Half-Fare Card...What's the next best thing?
Thanks again,
Ayala
ayala
ayala
5 posts
new member
Jul 29, 2012 - 5:33 PM
Another option caught my eye - the Tell Pass.
I hope you can help us out with all these different cards...!
Thanks,
Ayala
Annika
Annika
4355 posts
expert &
moderator
Jul 30, 2012 - 5:36 AM
Hi ayala. The Tell Pass would be good for your days in Engelberg, but it won't cover your trip to Zurich and the Rhine Falls and parts of your inbound and outbound trips. But since you'll focus on the Lucerne region apart from these trips, the Tell Pass would definitely work out.

One thing to consider is that the Tell Pass won't really allow you to get to other Swiss regions. You may not have planned this now, but if weather is bad in the Lucerne area and better in other regions, you may want to make longer trips than you expected. In that case a rail pass for the whole of Switzerland is more convenient. The Swiss Half Fare Card would be a good choice then. That is, if you travel from and to Zurich Airport. With another point of entrance the Swiss Card may be more economical, as I mentioned before. Please review the validity map we link to from the Swiss Half Fare Card page and other pass pages. It shows what's covered (which includes the Titlis; they describe it as 1/2 Fare in their price overview).
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:31 PM by Arno
ayala
ayala
5 posts
new member
Jul 30, 2012 - 7:32 AM
Thank you!

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