Jul 5, 2022 - 6:06 PM
I would also look into both the Top of Europe Pass and the Bernese Oberland Regional Pass.
I am planning a 7-day trip to Switzerland in August 2022 flying into Zurich then spending 4 full days in Wengen, then flying home out of Geneva.
I created a tentative itinerary of all train/bus rides I anticipate and created a spreadsheet to compare costs with various combination of passes. Myswissalps.com has a great spreadsheet to do this as well.
In general, my key observations were:
- If spending most of the time in the Jungfrau region where most of your time will be taking lifts/trains/funniculars above Wengen/Grindelwald/Murren, then the Swiss Travel Pass is not really worth the price because it only discounts rather than covering these rides in full. Instead, I found the Bernese Oberland Regional Pass to be a better value since it covers most of the lifts above Wengen/Grindelwald/Murren.
- If you definitely know you will go to Jungfraujoch ("Top of Europe"), then the Top of Europe Pass should be considered. There are two types of Top of Europe Passes, but the cheaper set (not the Jungfrau Corona Season Pass) gives you one round trip to Jungfraujoch included in the price.
For me, the cheapest option for our travel plans was a Swiss Half Fare Card + Top of Europe Pass (4 days) with purchase of point-to-point tickets from Zurich into Jungfrau region and from Jungfrau region to Lausanne/Geneva (via Golden Pass train).
The bottom line is: if you prioritize cost savings, it is a good idea to price out various scenarios on a spreadsheet because depending on the types of excursions and activities you plan for, different combinations of passes may provide better value, but it's hard to know until you do the calculation yourself.
Hope that helps!