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Jul 21, 2013 - 11:09 AM

After reading various travel books and blogs, we are so confused about the coverage and the discount of each pass. Please kindly enlighten us on which pass will offer me best if the travel itinerary for two adults in August is as follows:

Day 1: Arrival at Geneva by flight. City tour in Geneva- Bern at night
Day 2: City tour in Bern - Interlaken at night
Day 3: Interlaken - Lauterbrunnel - Murren - Allmendhubel - (hiking) Murren - Lauterbrunnen - Interlaken
Day 4: City tour in Interlaken - Grindelwald
Day 5: Grindelwald - Jungfraubahn - Grindelwald (hiking between Mannlichenà and Kleine Scheidegg)
Day 6: Grindelwald - Interlaken - Zermatt
Day 7: Zermatt - Gornergrat - Zermatt
Day 8: Zermatt - Andermatt - Bellinzona
Day 9: Beliinzona - locarno - ValleVerzasca -zurich
Day 10: Zurich - Luzern - Zurich
Day 11: Zurich - Schaffhausen - Zurich Airport

1. Which pass will be the best?
2. Do we need Jungfrau Railway Pass or Jungfrau Regional Pass if we have bought Swiss pass or half fare card?

Thank you very much.

Joyce & Pong from Hong Kong
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Jul 22, 2013 - 10:56 AM

Hi Joyce and Pong,

It can indeed be quite a challenge to pick the right pass. You can calculate the most economical choice in detail, but looking at your itinerary, I would recommend to consider this combination of passes:

1. A 5-day Swiss Saver Flexi Pass for 2 adults, with free travel days on day 1, 6, 8, 9, 11. See here for details and prices for Hong Kong (and don't forget the promo codes for a discount).
2. Two Jungfrau VIP Passes for day 3, 4, 5. You will get a discount on this pass because you already have a Swiss Flexi Pass.

This combination will get you free traveling on the 5 mentioned days (the longer trips), free traveling in most of the Jungfrau Region, and 50% discounted traveling on the remaining days.

Another option would be a 15-day Swiss Saver Pass and no other pass. I think the first option will be cheaper, but you'd need to do the math to be sure.

You have composed a great itinerary I think. One thing I noticed is your day 4: Interlaken and Grindelwald are, in my opinion, not interesting enough as a day trip destination. Their surroundings is what makes them attractive. It's great to spend some time there hunting for souvenirs after returning from a hiking trip, but spending a day on these towns only would be a waste, especially since the VIP Pass could get you to more beautiful places at no cost (e.g. Schynige Platte or First).

I hope this helps. Enjoy your stay!

Last modified on Sep 18, 2022 - 1:54 PM by Annika
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Jul 25, 2013 - 11:00 AM
Hi Arno,

Thank you very much for your reply. You have offered us great help.

Joyce & Pong


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