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Sep 19, 2011 - 6:56 AM

We are in the process of planning a holiday in July/August 2012, where we shall spend 10 days based in Wengen.

Our preferred holiday company includes a Swiss Card, which will take care of transfers between Zurich airport & Wengen. also giving us the discount on further purchases.

They also offer us the "opportunity" to purchase the normal range of passes, although it would seem that I could purchase these passes more cheaply through a third party site.

My own investigations would appear to indicate that since our intended travels are more likely to be in the local area a Bernese Oberland regional pass would give us most benefit, yet these are not offered by the travel company, who maintain that a Swiss Card would give us more..........

I would welcome some unbiased comment from people who don't have a commercial interest in any advice being given!

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Ron & Cate
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Sep 20, 2011 - 12:11 PM

Welcome Ron and Cate! Deciding which rail pass to choose can be difficult indeed. The Swiss Card is definitely worth considering, as it provides a free trip from Zurich Airport to Wengen and back, and a 50% discount on nearly all other trips you may want to make during your stay in the Bernese Oberland. If you plan to make rather short trips when staying in Wengen, this might be a good option.

A good alternative would be the Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland, providing discounts and some free travel days on top of that. It can be purchased from the Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland page if you wish. Since the free travel days are the major advantage of the Regional-Pass, this pass would come in handy if you plan some days with intensive traveling, including several mountain trains and cable cars. Part of the trip from and to Zurich Airport is covered too.

Which pass will turn out to be the most economical, can only be discovered by making detailed calculations based on a very exact list of your plans. If you don't have such a list yet, you'll have to make a reasonable guess. But both the Swiss Card and the Regional-Pass will save you lots of money, that's for sure.

As for regular (discounted) tickets for your trips: you can order them online in advance, but you can also choose to buy your tickets at the spot before boarding a train or cable car. This will allow you to adapt your plans to weather circumstances.

I hope this gets you started!

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Sep 21, 2011 - 4:58 AM
Hi Annika,
Thanks for your response. Pretty much coincides with what we had thought.
Now we can continue with more detailed planning ;-)
Thanks again


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