Advice - which rail pass?

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May 2, 2011 - 10:48 AM

Could anyone give me some advice - I'm very confused!

We are going on holiday this August, driving from the UK to Lauterbrunnen. I am taking my two children aged 6 & 8, and my elderly mother, and staying at Camping Jungfrau. Myself and the two children are staying for three weeks in total, but my mother is flying home after 7 days, and my husband is flying out to join me for the remaining two weeks. Given that we have a car, so getting to and from the airport is not a problem, which rail pass is the best to go for? As I understand it, for the first week my mother and I have the choice of the Jungfraunbahn Pass, which gives unlimited travel in a relatively smaller area, or the Berner Oberland Pass, which gives 3 days unlimited travel and 4 days reduced price, but covers a larger area and also covers the boats on the Thuner and Brienzer See. Would both of these passes cover my two children or do I pay extra for them? For the second two weeks, I understand there is a 15 day Berner Oberland Pass, but is there a Jungfraubahn Pass that covers two weeks, or is it simply a case of buying one for each week? And is it cheaper to buy these passes in advance or do I wait until we get there?

Thanks in advance!

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May 2, 2011 - 3:40 PM
Hi Tracy,

The passes you mentioned, along with the Swiss Half Fare Card, are the options to consider in your case. The Jungfrau Railways Pass is great if you're sure you will travel in that small area only. It's only available for 6 days. I'm not sure what children would pay for the Jungfrau Railways Pass. I guess they travel along for free with a Junior travelcard, but I'm not sure.

As for the other passes: children's fares and purchase options (locally and online) are listed on the Swiss Half Fare Card page and the Regional Pass Bernese Oberland page.

All in all, unless you travel really extensively, the Swiss Half Fare Card may very well be your best option. It is valid for your whole stay, and children travel along for free.

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