Traveling in Switzerland for 4 days by car

Traveling in Switzerland for 4 days by car

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mattowen0316
mattowen0316
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Aug 31, 2015 - 7:03 PM

Hello, I am traveling in switzerland for 4 days and had a few questions about feasability and how to get to certain areas, rail passes etc...

I am renting a car so would like to avoid buying rail passes if needed

I will be flying in Zurich saturday 9/12 am - My first trip will be to the 5 lake hike to see wildsee and then staying in zurich that night

Sunday - I plan on going to Pilatus, Jungfrau and Nieseen - will I need a rail pass to get up all three of these mountains? If so does switzerland sell a day pass that will allow me to visit all three of these mountains?

Monday - I will be doing lac de moiry and staying at the bottom of zermatt

Tuesday - Arnesee lake and castles around there followed by geneva at night

Any help is appreciated

Arno
Arno
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Sep 1, 2015 - 5:54 PM

Hi mattowen0316,

Welcome and thanks for your first post! Without a rail pass the excursions you mentioned will be quite expensive. There's no one day pass. I would recommend a Swiss Half Fare Card. It provides a 50% discount on nearly all trips, which saves you around CHF 100 on the Jungfraujoch ride alone. Please see myswissalps.com/ swisshalffarecard for further details, and retailers.

By the way, visiting 3 mountains in 3 different areas in one day is too much. I would spread that across 2 or 2 days. Just the Jungfraujoch trip takes a day if you take your time, do the round trip and some sightseeing/hiking along the way. It can be done in half a day if you start very early and skip the sightseeing.

These pages might be helpful for you as well:

Lac de Moiry is near Grimentz, at least 1.5 hours from Täsch near Zermatt.

Does this help you out?

Last modified on Sep 1, 2015 - 5:57 PM by Arno
mattowen0316
mattowen0316
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Sep 1, 2015 - 6:34 PM in reply to Arno

Arno

Thank you so much - I believe we will spread the mountains out into two days per your suggestion

I was looking online and noticed the below prices do they seem correct

Pilatus - 74 roundtrip

Nieseen - 55 roundtrip

Jungfrau - 204 round trip

If i buy the half price swiss fare card I would be paying the 120 for the card then half off at each mountain is that correct?

Thank you

Arno
Arno
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Sep 3, 2015 - 5:39 AM

Hi mattow0316,

The prices seem fine to me. Indeed you'd pay only 50% of that with a Swiss Half Fare Card. You can buy the card for less than CHF 120 through www.raileurope-world.com/pass/swiss-half-fare-card, but delivery it takes up to 8 business days so that's a bit tricky in your case. You can also buy it through www.swissrailways.com/ en and print it at home. Don't wait too long as they need up to 3 business days to process and e-mail the card. Having it in hand save you time: no need to go to a rail station to buy one. You can show it to the ticket office of your first cable car and get the discount. Further purchase options are listed here.

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