Costs of Zurich-Wilderswil-Jungfraujoch-Milan

Costs of Zurich-Wilderswil-Jungfraujoch-Milan

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Gina
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Jul 3, 2018 - 11:21 AM

Hello,

I was trying to find out the costings of rail travel from Zurich Airport in early September to Wilderswil and then 2 days later from Wilderswil to Milan Italy. I think that perhaps a Swiss Half Fare pass might be the right ticket to purchase but I am not sure. I would like to see Jungfraujoch too.

Also I do not know if purchasing the ticket at Zurich airport can also cover that part of the train trip from the Swiss border to Milan.

I am very confused and I have not seen a similar question in the forum.

Are you able to assist please.

Regards,

Gina

Lucas
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Jul 3, 2018 - 6:54 PM in reply to Gina

Hi Gina and welcome to MySwissAlps!

You can find schedules and fares for train trips in Switzerland on the timetable here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/timetable. The 1st fare you see is the Swiss Half Fare Card price (double it for the regular fare).

The best way to compare rail passes is to use our spreadsheet here if you haven't yet: https://www.myswissalp s.com/train/ticketspas ses/practical/choosera ilpass

If you buy a ticket at Zurich airport, to Milan, then that ticket would cover your whole trip. Is that what you mean?

You can then buy the Swiss Half Fare Card online. It can be emailed to you and printed at home (saving you time at the airport and giving you a copy to print out again in case you lose your pass). https://www.myswissalp s.com/swisshalffarecar d/price

Last modified on Jul 3, 2018 - 6:55 PM by Lucas
Gina
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Jul 4, 2018 - 1:20 AM in reply to Lucas

Thank you very much. I was concerned as I am travelling alone and not of tender age. I thought I would have to get off train at the border and then buy ticket for the Italian sector.

I am also concerned about purchasing something on line as I am in Australia and there are some dubious sites, fearing when I get to Zurich, the ticket will not be accepted.

Does it cost less to purchase on line?

Lucas
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Jul 4, 2018 - 5:55 AM in reply to Gina

International tickets are cheaper online (or at least the further ahead you buy them the cheaper they are) So from Australia that means online. :)

Tickets for trips within Switzerland won't change prices so if you'd prefer to buy in country that will be fine.

Have a look at prices from Switzerland to Italy here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/traintickets/ita ly

Last modified on Jul 4, 2018 - 5:56 AM by Lucas
Gina
Gina
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Jul 4, 2018 - 8:13 AM

Lucas thank you for your advice. I have read the link you sent but this does not really cover my need because I have to include the Half Fare Pass so that I can go to Jungfraujoch.

Therefore, it is difficult for me to understand how much the ticket would cost me if I uses train travel from Zurich Airport to Wilderswil on one day and the next day go up to Jungfraujoch and the following day take the train from Wilderswil to Milan Italy.

Arno
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Jul 4, 2018 - 9:12 AM

Hi Gina,

Lucas's link allows you to find tickets from the Swiss border (Domodossola) to Milan. The Swiss Half Fare Card is not valid there so you need a regular ticket. All listed websites are safe and purchased tickets will be valid.

Additionally you need a discounted ticket from Wilderswil to Domodossola for Swiss Half Fare Card holders for CHF 29.80. You can buy that in Switzerland or online: www.myswissalps.com/tr aintickets/switzerland halffare/price.

Alternatively you can buy the ticket for the whole trip Wilderswil-Milan at a staffed train station in Switzerland, with the Swiss leg being discounted. As Lucas said this will probably be more expensive.

In either case you don't get off the train at the border, that would take too much time. You can arrange for tickets ahead of time.

Last modified on Jul 4, 2018 - 9:13 AM by Arno
Gina
Gina
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Jul 5, 2018 - 12:31 AM

Thank you Arno. I do not understand the part where you say that buying ticket for whole trip from say zurich airport will be more expensive than what Lucas suggested. I think he suggested purchasing everything on line.

1960man
1960man
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Jul 5, 2018 - 12:41 AM

Remember that you have to spend money to buy a half fare card before you can use it to get discount tickets, so it works best for frequent travel. Your trip is pretty much one point to point journey with a bit of a stopover and a side trip. You may have to bear the cost of standard one way tickets Zurich - Wilderswil and Wilderswil - Milan.

You can avoid the huge expense of going to Jungfraujoch by just looking at the Jungfrau from near Wilderswil, or go up to Murren and look across at the three mountains from there ( a better view in my book)

Lucas
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Jul 5, 2018 - 5:42 AM in reply to Gina

Hi Gina,

It will probably save money to buy the Italian portion of the trip online ahead of time but the Swiss portion won't change.

If you wait until you are in Switzerland to buy everything as one ticket (with the Swiss Half Fare Card discount on the Swiss leg) it still may end up a bit more expensive as the Italian leg may have gone up in price. This is a simpler option but possibly a bit more expensive in the end.

Gina
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Jul 6, 2018 - 1:27 AM

Thank you Lucas. I used the spreadsheet and by including all sections from Zurich airport to Domodossala as previously discussed, the difference between purchasing a Half Fare card and the regular train fares and mountain train was 51.80 CHF in favour of the Half Fare card.

The difference using all sections and going direct to Milan instead of purchasing the Italian leg separately was 71.50 in favour of the Half Fare card.

The difference appears to be quite small.

I would also like to ask if I purchase the Half Fare pass on line or at the Zurich airport, can I delay purchasing the Wilderswil Jungfraujoch return train until I know what the weather will be like on the day up at the Top or do I have to purchase at the same time.

Lucas
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Jul 6, 2018 - 6:35 AM in reply to Gina

Oh yes, you can buy tickets at any time for local train or cable car trips. You don't need to buy them at the same time as buying the Swiss Half Fare Card.

Gina
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Jul 12, 2018 - 7:22 AM

Thank you. I have been reading about Point to Point tickets. Would you still advise purchasing the half Fare Pass as opposed to point to point or even the Swill Travel Pass, if I were to do one train trip from Zurich airport to Wilderswil, next day Wilderswil to Jungfraujoch and the next day Wilderswil to Milan Italy (3 days of using the Swiss rail system). Are you committed to one train at one time of day or can you pick and choose as you wish? Gina

Lucas
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Jul 12, 2018 - 12:49 PM in reply to Gina

With the trip to Jungfraujoch, I would think that you certainly would save money over all if you buy the Swiss Half Fare Card. https://www.myswissalp s.com/swisshalffarecar d/price

You still have to buy point to point tickets but everything is 50% off. Tickets are valid all day yes.

Except on SuperSaver tickets (noted on the timetable with a % sign beside the departure time) where you are committed to that departure time.

Last modified on Jul 12, 2018 - 12:50 PM by Lucas
Gina
Gina
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Jul 16, 2018 - 6:00 AM in reply to Lucas

Thank you very much. I noticed when purchasing ticket to Jungfraujoch a reservation is required from Klein Schiedeg to Jungfraujoch and this is an additional CHF5 one way. Is it necessary to reserve a seat in early September. I would have thought it would not be so busy at that time of year. Gina

Lucas
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Jul 16, 2018 - 7:47 AM in reply to Gina

Reservations are not required to Jungfraujoch and I think not at all needed in September no.

I was on the train to Kleine Scheidegg & Jungfraujoch the other day (boarded at Lauterbrunnen but I got off in Wengen) and it was maybe 80% full if I had to guess. This was at about 08:30.

Last modified on Jul 16, 2018 - 7:48 AM by Lucas

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