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Mar 4, 2012 - 7:50 AM

In June, I will be traveling on my own, and will be staying/basing myself in Lauterbrunnen for 6 days. I will be arriving from Bern to Lauterbrunnen and then leaving to Lucerne. During my stay I am planning on doing the following activities:

day 1 - Walk around Lake Thun and boat ride from Neuhaus back to Interlaken.
day 2 - Abendberg-Saxeten hike (or another short trail around Interlaken); Interlaken castle
day 3 - Lauterbrunnen-Stechelberg-Murren-Grutshchalp hike (tram to Grütschalp; tram to Stechelberg; bus to Lauterbrunnen)
day 4 - Schynige Platte-First hike (train to Wilderswil; cog train to Schynige Platte; gondola to Grindelwald; train to Lauterbrunnen)
day 5 - Wengen-Kl. Scheidegg hike
day 6 - Jungfraujoch

I am thinking of purchasing either the Swiss Flex Pass or Oberland Pass, but am unsure how many days it should be for ie. Swiss Flex - 3, 4, 5 or 6 days; Oberland pass - 7 or 15 days. Thus, I am trying to find out the regular costs of each mode of transport but am having difficulty finding sites that provides this information to do the calculations. I have tried using Swiss timetable on this site but it does not provide me a schedule/prices for trips via bus, boat, tram, gondola, etc.

Could you please advise where I can get this information or assist choosing the most economical pass for me to use?
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Mar 6, 2012 - 6:05 AM

Hello dinhasty! Choosing the right pass can be difficult indeed. Prices for regular train trips are available in the timetable. Buses and cable car companies often list a price overview at their own website. You'll find the most important ones in the Bernese Oberland link section on transportation. Our FAQ also provide guidelines on calculating.

As for a rail pass: it's a bit hard to say which one is best, as I don't know what your plans in Bern and Lucerne are. If you plan to make trips there as well, I wouldn't pick the Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland if I were you, as that doesn't really cover the Bern and Lucerne area. If the pass does appeal to you, you should take the 7 day variant.

The Swiss Flexi Pass is especially economical if you plan to make long and expensive trips on a few days. Based on the information you provide, your longest trips would be the transfers Bern-Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen-Lucerne and your boat ride over lake Thun, so you should opt for a 3 day Swiss Flexi Pass in that case, as you don't seem to need more free travel days. You could use a 50% or 25% discount on the remaining days.

The Swiss Half Fare Card may be a good alternative, especially since it offers a 50% discount on the trains between Wengen, Kleine Scheidegg, Grindelwald and Jungfraujoch (the Swiss Flexi Pass provides a 25% here).

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