Mar 31, 2018 - 4:36 PM
Well, interestingly, the number of times I would need to purchase specific tickets is roughly the same with both options. The price difference is mainly because our trip is 6-7 days, and the STP is for 8days. Details :
If we go with STP, pass price CHF 398 (is that correct?). Add-on ticket purchases : Interlaken-Harder, Grindelwald-First, Grindelwald-Pfinstegg,Jungfraujoch. Total : CHF 607 (-15 if you take return trip from First)
If we go with BO + SHFC, main advantage is the reduced price on BO due to SHFC. Plus since our first night is in Lucerne, we can live off the pass given by the hostel + Half fare and advance Rigi excursion purchases before starting the 6-day BO pass. Total pass price CHF 355. Add-on ticket purchases : Basel-Lucerne, Rigi excursion, Schilthorn, Jungfraujoch, and Brig-Domodossola. Total : CHF 540 (approx, haven't decided which Rigi format yet)
To answer Rockoyster's question, without the Half-fare card, price is CHF 650. This is because of 1) price of BO pass is reduced because of SHFC, 2)Jungfraujoch is cheaper with SHFC than with any other card.
Too much number crunching for what my husband says - "It's just a trip!". But what can you do :D
ps - If it helps, timeline is as follows- Day 1 :TGV Lyria -Basel - Lucerne, Day2 : In Lucerne, head to Grindelwald in evening. Day3 - Day 6 Jungfrau region. Day 7 morning from Spiez to Milan.