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Grant doug
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Aug 16, 2019 - 8:08 PM

I'm traveling from Basel to Lauterbrunnen 9/13, 9/14-15 I am staying at Gimmelwald and plan to do the Schilthorn tram and Junfraujoch Eiger train, then on 9/16 to Zermatt, and then to Lausanne on the 17th. To me it seems like the only days I break even on the travel card, a four day pass for example, would be on the days that I use the trams (Shilthorn) and maybe the 25% discount on the $200 Jungfraujoch fare. All the other train fares on my journey are in the 30-50 CHF range. Can someone help me choose the right ticket? Thank you.

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Aug 16, 2019 - 9:03 PM in reply to Grant doug

Hello Grant Doug and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

All the other train fares on my journey are in the 30-50 CHF range.

Are you sure you are looking at full fares?

Use the timetable on the SBB website (bit.ly/2HH1U7B) or the highly-recommended SBB Mobile app (bit.ly/2ICIUHi) to plan your travel, find fares* and buy tickets if required. If you are not familiar with using the timetable it will pay to first read the instructions on this page - www.myswissalps.com/ti metable. *SBB website shows half-fare prices by default, mobile app allows you to nominate full or half-fare and is also smart enough to offer you the Saver Day Pass (www.myswissalps.com/sa verdaypass) if that offers the best fare.

Based on your personal itinerary you should read “How to choose the best travel pass” (www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass), download the handy spreadsheet calculator and do the math. The spreadsheet also includes links to the “Where it's valid" page for all available passes. Be sure to check those pages for each pass you are considering. Study the map AND read all the text on those pages to fully understand what is covered by the respective pass.

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Aug 17, 2019 - 6:00 AM in reply to Grant doug

Hi Grant Doug!

I think you'll be spending more on train and mountain tickets than you're anticipating now. You could indeed be mentioning half-fare rates, which are displayed in the SBB timetable by default as most Swiss residents use a discount card. You'll have to include each train transfer between towns, a possible outbound trip from Lausanne, all (return) mountain trips and all other activities you may want to do (boat trips or bus rides for example) for a full overview. In nearly all cases, a rail pass is much better than having to buy full-fare tickets.

A 4 day Swiss Travel Pass (www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass) plus additional tickets (www.myswissalps.com/tr aintickets/switzerland) or a Saver Day Pass (www.myswissalps.com/sa verdaypass) for the first or last day may work, or maybe a Swiss Half Fare Card (www.myswissalps.com/sw isshalffarecard) for all 5 days. You'd best use the link provided by Rockoyster to run the numbers.

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