Aug 13, 2018 - 9:52 AM
in reply to Debra
<<"I also wanted to mention having the Swiss travel pass (flex for me this time as I was in Switzerland more than 15 days) ">>
Did you find the restriction on the number of days you could use it to be a problem?
<<"I didn’t stress out over how much I saved or not, the freedom to get off the bus or train whilst traveling and saw an interesting town and change plans on a moments notice was invaluable to me and exceeded any extra cost the pass might have been,">>
Everyone has a budget, and makes trade-offs. And traveling in Switzerland can be expensive. Since I can afford the trade off, and consider my time in Switzerland to be worth a lot for doing the things that I want to do, I don't concentrate on the exact costs of transport passes. I have developed a pattern which works for me, and simply use it.
With my travels, which involve visiting various parts of the country, staying a few nights at a familiar inn or in the region at a few familiar inns in towns that are within the general region, I have settled on renting car for the middle section of my trips. They always start with and end with a few days in Zürich....cultural stuff and friends....and in between I rent a car, and drive to a location, with enough clean clothes in the trunk ( boot) so that I don't have to hunt up a rare laundromat. The car than sits mostly unused while I use local or long range public transport.
Country bus service to trailheads used to be better, but now, having a car to get to and from trailheads is more convenient. Fewer buses, more people use cars.
I carry a one year half-fare card ( a so-called Halb Tax or Halb Abo). They were only available until recently to people with a Swiss address ( a friend's address was workable). Now, they seem to be available to anyone.