Oct 19, 2015 - 9:06 AM
We came back from our trip to Switzerland and Italy just a few days back.Don't buy the swiss pass, its overpriced unless you pretty much decide to stay on a train all the time. We pretty much crisscrossed the entire Switzerland Zurich-Lausanne-Montreaux (round) Zurich-Interlaken (one way) , Interlaken-Gornergrat mountain station (round), Interlaken-Luzern and finally Luzern-Milan, put in internal train travels within the city as well and the cost of half fare card (120 CHF) .We still stayed short of the swiss pass fare of 380 CHF. If we had taken the swiss pass we would have coughed up an additional 43 CHF pp (on top of 380) for Zermatt-Gornergrat stretch.
For me, the main reason why I stayed away from the swiss pass was the extremely complex divisions within the swiss railways. Keep in mind that SBB does not operate many very touristy places like Gornergrat mountain train, Jungfraujoch and several cable car stations. So it is hard to budget your trip with a swiss pass. On the other hand the swiss half fare card gives you 50% discount on almost all places and even in Jungfrau you get 25% off (same as swiss pass), so it was easier to track expenses.
Also, buying tickets from the extremely user friendly SBB ticket site or mobile app will save you tons of money, just look for a red % sign and go for super saver tickets when you go for long journeys and don't want to get off in stations in between .