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stevemcdonal
stevemcdonal
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Mar 22, 2012 - 1:11 AM
We will be driving Chamonix-Zermatt-Grindelwald-Lucerne-Innsbruck over 8 days in late June early July 2012, and would like to take a few rail/lift excursions: Gornergrat in Zermatt, Jungfraujoch in Grindelwald, perhaps Schilthorn as well, maybe Titlis in Lucerne, or a lake cruise. Is it cost effective to purchase any of the Swiss Passes, as they appear to give only up to 50% discount on excursions like these? Second question - do I need advance purchase for any of these excursions, or will I be able to buy them on the spot? Thanks for any help you can give.....

Steve in California
Wandermann
Wandermann
301 posts
top member
Mar 22, 2012 - 4:23 AM

Hello Steve,

Buying a Rail Pass will certainly be economical. I think you should look at the Half Fare Card. This is a relatively cheap Rail Pass with a validity of one month, that will give you a 50% discount allmost anywhere. Through the link you will find a PDF-overview of the network on which the Swiss Half Fare Card is valid

You don't need to purchase tickets for any of these excursions in advance.

Enjoy your ride, you will love it!

stevemcdonal
stevemcdonal
32 posts
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Mar 24, 2012 - 6:19 PM
Thanks very much - that looks like a great deal. Will that card get us discounts on the Jungfraujoch Railway, and the Gornergrat in Zermatt?
Arno
Arno
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Mar 25, 2012 - 4:15 AM
Hi Steve,

You will indeed get 50% discounts on both the Jungfraujoch and the Gornergrat. Please follow Wandermann's link and download the network map from there to see what's covered.
stevemcdonal
stevemcdonal
32 posts
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Mar 25, 2012 - 10:56 PM
OK - you guys are great!
stevemcdonal
stevemcdonal
32 posts
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Apr 16, 2012 - 10:42 PM
Just thought of another question, since we are primarily driving on our vacation in Switzerland. 2 days in Zermatt - I assume we need to park the care in Tasch. How is that handled - do I need a reservation to park? Will there be enough parking? Any idea how much that will cost?
Olga
Olga
481 posts
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Apr 17, 2012 - 3:13 AM
Hello Steve,

Yes, you will have to park your car in Täsch and take a train to Zermatt, as Zermatt is car free. You don't have to make reservations and there will be room enough to park your car.
Information about prices can be found here.

Wishing you a nice trip,
stevemcdonal
stevemcdonal
32 posts
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Apr 17, 2012 - 11:24 PM
Thanks Olga - in view of the link you provided me with, I probably should have been able to figure this out by myself! But it's good to get the personal side of things. Thanks for all you and your friends do there at MySwissAlps! Looking forward to our trip in June

Steve

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