Mar 18, 2018 - 7:07 AM
in reply to emilym
Hi, Emily. My husband and I are visiting friends in Paris and planning to stay 10 days in Switzerland May-June 2018, we have the reverse route. We are arriving in Zurich last week of May 23rd and plan an overnight stay in Geneva and take TGV trip to Paris the next day. After our 5-day Paris visit, we are re-entering Switzerland in Basel.
For the trips within Switzerland, we are buying the Swiss Half-fare Card (HFC) for reduced tickets not covered by the Bernese Oberland Regional Pass. You can glance at the Validity area map for the Bernese Oberland Pass (it covers a very large area). If you already have the HFC card, you can buy the BO Regional Pass at a reduced rate and it covers almost all modes of transportation within 4-entry points to the Bernese Oberland (Saanen, Bern, Luzern, Brig). Occasionally there are ones which are reduced rate as indicated in the map.
BO Regional Pass is very convenient. You do not have to buy tickets unless they are reduced rate ones. In case you want to visit outside of the area or take excursions to Schilthorn and Jungfraujoch then you can use the card which gives bigger discount. Jungfraujoch will be cheaper if you buy the ticket from Kleine Scheidegg as you are very close to it already. Murren is a nice place, up the mountain from Lauterbrunnen valley. You might want to visit the other side of Lauterbrunnen, Wengen and the Grindelwald areas towards Jungfraujoch. Lots of nice places. The BO Regional Pass will be a great help in your travels. I like Switzerland's easy and moderate hiking places, if you get tired you can bail out and take any mode of transportation (if there is one available) to get back to your base. Murren and Wengen will be our bases for the May-June trip.
I did a few calculation, and we decided the use of HFC and BO regional pass, very convenient OR you can just use the HFC if you will take fewer rides. Moreover, check the weather, if it is sunnier in Zermatt , the BO Pass can take you to Brig and just buy HFC train rides from Brig to Zermatt and visit the Klein Matterhorn /Glacier Paradise or Gornergrat excursion. If Luzern is sunnier than your base, trips to Luzern is covered by BO Pass, too. HFC is a great discount for all mountain excursions. Last year we visited Luzern, Zermatt and Murren areas when we joined packaged tours. This year, we are doing it on our own and you chose a great place in the Bernese Oberland. I hope this helps. Take care and Happy travels.