Difference Swiss Travel Pass/Swiss Half Fare Card

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rosyaffairs
rosyaffairs
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Dec 12, 2017 - 3:08 AM

Hello there,

Greetings from Singapore.

I will be travelling to Switzerland for my honeymoon on 1 Jan to 7 Jan 2018.

Here's my itinerary plan:

1 January 2018: Flight out of London to Zurich, stayover in Zurich

2 - 4 January 2018: Zurich -> Chur -> Glacier Express to Andermatt (Reach Andermatt, stayover 2 nights in Wegen)

4 January 2018: Wegen -> Andermatt -> Glacier Express to Zermatt (Stayover 1 night at Zermatt)

5 January 2018: Zermatt -> Geneva

5 - 7 January 2018: Geneva (stayover 2 nights in Geneva)

I have already made seat reservation on Glacier Express from Chur to Andermatt.

Looking at my planned itinerary above, should I consider getting the Swiss Travel Pass (4 days consecutive) or Swiss Half Fare Card?

I am looking at the best price possible.

Appreciate your kind advice.

Many thanks,

Nicole

rockoyster
rockoyster
4027 posts
expert
Dec 12, 2017 - 3:54 AM in reply to rosyaffairs

Hi Nicole,

You wrote "Looking at my planned itinerary above, should I consider getting the Swiss Travel Pass (4 days consecutive) or Swiss Half Fare Card?"

The only way to work out which is best is to calculate the full fares for the trips you want to do and then compare costs if you have one or other form of pass. If for example you plan to visit Jungfraujoch while in Wengen then the discount is 50% with a Swiss Half-Fare Card but only 25% with a SwissTravel Pass. See www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass

This PDF map (www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass/validity) will show you were the various Swiss Travel Passes are valid for "free" travel and where you get a discount in 2018. Be sure to study the legend.

It may be that an 8-day Swiss Travel Pass may be best.

As an aside I would suggest taking regular trains from Wengen to Zermatt via Interlaken, Spiez, Kandersteg and Brig rather than doubling back via Andermatt. The best part of the Glacier Express (IMHO) is the bit between Chur and Andermatt.

rosyaffairs
rosyaffairs
7 posts
new member
Dec 12, 2017 - 7:34 AM in reply to rockoyster

Hi Rockoyster.

Thank you for your prompt response :)

I do have intentions to visit Jungfraujoch. I will be taking the Glacier Express from Chur to Andermatt and from Andermatt to Wengen via regular trains. In this case, are you suggesting the Swiss Half Fare Card would provide me with the best price?

Thanks for your suggestions. How much would the train ticket cost for a regular train from Wengen to Zermatt? Should I go ahead with the Swiss Half Fare Card instead, would this Swiss Half Fare Card provides any discount for the regular train tickets?

Thanks for your suggestions :)

Greatly appreciate

Nicole

rockoyster
rockoyster
4027 posts
expert
Dec 12, 2017 - 8:46 AM in reply to rosyaffairs

Hi Nicole,

I only mentioned the difference in discounts for Jungfraujoch as a factor to take into account. I can't tell you which is the best pass as I don't know what other travel plans you have. Are you planning to visit Schilthorn? That is free with the Swiss Travel Pass in 2018.

The Swiss Timetable (www.myswissalps.com/ti metable) will tell you how much the full fare tickets cost. For example see attached for regular trains from Wengen to Zermatt.

The Swiss Half-fare Card gets you 50% off most trains including the Glacier Express (see validity map referred to earlier) whereas with the Swiss Travel Pass most trains are free and you don't even need to buy a ticket (apart from the Glacier Express which needs a separate reservation - which you have).

When I said the Chur to Andermatt leg of the Glacier Express was the best I didn't include the Brig to Zermatt leg which is also quite spectacular. But because it is relatively short you won't miss much by taking a regular train.

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