Jul 22, 2013 - 6:20 PM
We will be in the Bernese Oberland in early August for 3-4 days. We already have train tickets from Zurich to Interlaken Ost purchased through an online vacation packager. I am trying to decide whether there is enough of an advantage to buying the Half-Fare Card for each of us before we leave.
Currently we are staying in Interlaken for 1 night and Lauterbrunnen for 3 nights. We plan to hike in Wengen, Murren, and Grimelwald. We will take the gondola up to the Schilthorn one day. We may or may not go to the top of the Jungfrau on the train trip, which I know is the most expensive excursion. Another excursion may be to see the castle on Lake Thun.
Does it make sense to purchase the half-fare card to reduce the cost of four days of transportation in the area? On the Swiss Railways web site I could only see purchases in Euros or CHF. It looks to be $96 euros per card. To make it worthwhile we would have to save at least $288 Euros with the half fare discount. If we go on the Jungfrau trip, the half fare card could make it worthwhile. Otherwise, I wonder if with our short stay and limited trips we would be better off just paying full price at the ticket station for our trips over 4 days?
Thank you for any advice or insight you can five. It is truly a Swiss puzzle!