Best pass for Zurich-Zermatt-Chamonix

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May 12, 2018 - 10:30 AM


Have been trying to work out the best pass for our trip from Zurich to Zermatt and then to Chamonix. Starting from Zurich on 3rd June with two night's stay in Zermatt. Will leave for Chamonix on 5th June.

Many thanks


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May 12, 2018 - 3:08 PM in reply to rajijain

Hi Raji and welcome to MySwissAlps!

It really depends on all the trips you plan to take in Switzerland (both to/from towns and cable cars etc at the town, like Zermatt).

Plan out all trips by bus, train, cable car, boat etc and use our spreadsheet here to do the math and compare rail passes and normal tickets.

If you aren't doing much travel it is entirely possible that no rail pass will save you money and you should just buy point to point tickets. Doing the math on the spreadsheet will tell you for sure.

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May 14, 2018 - 4:46 AM in reply to Lucas

Hi Lucas,

Many thanks! Have prepared the spread sheet.

Two questions:

1.Does the Swiss 1/2 Fare Card cover the complete route from Zermatt to Chamonix ( esp the France side )? I understand we have to buy the ticket before each journey?

2. Can the Swiss Transfer ticket be used on the mountain rail/cable cars in Zermatt. I know this ticket can be used on the first and the last day. Can we use it for the mountain rail/cable cars if on those two days?

Our itinerary is:

3rd June- Zurich to Zermatt

4th June- Stay in Zermatt

5th June -Zermatt to Chamonix.

Kind regards


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May 14, 2018 - 6:22 AM in reply to rajijain

Hi Raji,

  1. The Swiss Half Fare Card will cover your trip in Switzerland. You need to buy a ticket before you board the train. You just have to buy one ticket for the whole journey and select that you are traveling with a Swiss Half Fare Card.
  2. You can reach any village for free, regardless whether you need to travel by train, bus, boat or mountain transport to get there. Read more about the validity of the pass: isstransferticket/vali dity. Some mountain transport is discounted.
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May 14, 2018 - 6:42 AM in reply to Chantal

Hi Chantal,

Many thanks!



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