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Teri
Teri
4 posts
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Jun 29, 2022 - 11:12 PM

I am wondering if there is a site where you can enter all of the trains buses and gondolas you are hoping to take while in Switzerland and it will somehow calculate which pass would be the best option, without having to go and look up every single gondola and bus and train price and what the discount is individually? Wishful thinking...

thanks!

1960man
1960man
4340 posts
expert
Jun 29, 2022 - 11:22 PM in reply to Teri

The Swiss Travel Pass is the most convenient pass for a holiday covering several regions of Switzerland. Once purchased, travel on all types of public transport is free across the whole country on the main core Swiss travel network. As such the STP will get you to many places. You then have to check individual 'uphill transport' routes for STP validity using the synoptic map.

Ildiko
Ildiko
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Jun 30, 2022 - 6:30 AM in reply to Teri

Hi Teri and welcome to MySwissAlps.com!

There is no such a site, I am afraid. We have a calculation spreadsheet, which helps you to do the math but you have to look for the prices individually for each route. You can download the spreadsheet from here: www.myswissalps.com/train/ticketspasses/practical/chooserailpass.

As 1960man wrote, in many cases the Swiss Travel Pass is a great option: www.myswissalps.com/swisstravelpass.

If you are only visiting one region in Switzerland, then a regional pass can be good too.

Please, tell us more about your itinerary and we try to help you.

Ildiko

Teri
Teri
4 posts
new member
Jun 30, 2022 - 2:07 PM in reply to Ildiko

Thanks!

We will be going from

Day 1

1.geneva to wengen

2.the gondola from wengen to mannlichen

3. Back to wengen from kleine Schneider

Day 2

4. Train from wengen to laterbrunnen

5.gondola from stechelberg schithornbahn to Mirren (maybe schilthorn if it's nice) (if we get off at gimmelwald and get back on do you pay more)(also I can't find a price to just Murren?)

6.cable train to grutschalp

7. Train from grutschalp to lauterbrunnen

8. Train from. Lauterbrunnen to wengen

Day 3

9. Train fro. Wengen to kandersteg

10 gondola up to oeschesees lake

11. Do the slide down the mountain. And gondola if we need to.

Take the train from kandersteg to genenva

I hope this makes sense (sorry for miss spellings) is this reasonable in 3 days? We will be hiking at all of these places .

thanks

Ildiko
Ildiko
2502 posts
expert &
moderator
Jun 30, 2022 - 4:38 PM in reply to Teri

Hi Teri,

I recommend the Swiss Travel Pass OR the Regional Pass Bernese Oberland. Here you can find the validity maps for these passes: www.myswissalps.com/swisstravelpass/validity and www.myswissalps.com/regionalpassberneseoberland/validity.

If you would like to compare these options, you can do that with the calculation spreadsheet, I've mentioned before.

A single trip Lauterbrunnen-Mürren via Stechelberg costs CHF 15.60 in 2nd class. A single trip Lauterbrunnen-Mürren via Grütschalp costs CHF 11.20. The paragraph "How to find ticket prices (advanced timetable)" at www.myswissalps.com/timetable explains how to find full-fare prices in the Swiss timetable.

Schilthorn is beautiful. With the Regional Pass Bernese Oberland you get 50% off for the cable car from Mürren to Schilthorn, while Lauterbrunnen-Mürren is for free.

Ildiko

Arno
Arno
15676 posts
expert &
moderator
Jul 2, 2022 - 7:12 AM in reply to Teri

Hi Teri,

I agree, such a tool would be great! But in reality it's very hard to create this. Please see Annika's post of Nov 2, 2019 - 8:01 AM at www.myswissalps.com/forum/topic/5-days-in-junfrau-region-help/page/2 for explanation.

That's why we offer the calculation method and free downloads at www.myswissalps.com/train/ticketspasses/practical/chooserailpass. It takes some effort, but once you get the trick you'll certainly find out which pass is best for your plans.

Sometimes detailed calculations are too much of an effort. Or calculations simply can't be made because travel plans aren't set in stone. In such cases, the quick comparison sheet to be downloaded at www.myswissalps.com/train/ticketspasses/practical/chooserailpass can help.

You'll nearly always save money with a rail pass (except for a stay with very limited use of Swiss public transport). So you can't really go wrong with an educated guess, picking the pass that is an overall good match with your plans and preferences.


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