Aug 2, 2017 - 11:11 PM
I'm flying into Germany from the UK and travelling down in to Switzerland via Hire Car in mid August, with a 3 day base in Lucerne. We are a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 teenagers under 16 and are planning lots of travel activities mostly in the Jungfrau region. I will drive to the car accessible towns such as Interlaken, Grindelwald, etc, but then we want to go up to Eigergletscher on the train (and possibly up to Jungfraujoch although I know this is an add on). We also want to do things like the First gondola/cable car and the Schynige Platte train ride and as many other things we can fit in over the 3 day period. I am however rather confused by all the different rail passes available and what they do and don't cover after spending several hours surfing the net for some answers, so my main questions are:
(1) Do you only need to purchase 1 x Swiss Half Price Travel Pass per family as this is unclear? One pass is £97 and it says that under 16's will travel free with a valid adult so does that mean I would need to buy 2 x passes at £194 to get both children for free?
(2) The Bernese-Oberland regional pass is available at £153 per adult (25% discount with half price travel card, normally £203) but are children free on this pass as I will be purchasing in conjunction with the half price pass? It will be an extra £24 per child if not.
(3) The Jungfrau regional pass is available at £347.20 with no discount from ACP and is a ridiculous £432.00 from Viator including 25% discount and is way more expensive as they charge full price for adults and children for some bizarre reason??? Again though, because Viator offer discount with the Half Price pass and that pass entitles children to go free, can I just purchase 2 x adult passes at £216???
(4) My final option would be to purchase the half price pass and then just pay for each attraction separately using the 50% discount available, as my thoughts are that if we only manage to get on 4 or 5 trips it may not be worth purchasing one of the regional cards? However I can't find any pricing information for individual trips in order to help me find the most economic way to spend the 3 full days we have in your beautiful country!
Any advice would be more than appreciated alongside any other recommendations for trips in and around Lucerne such as Mount Pilatus, Mount Titlis, etc. Thanks for your patience in reading my long winded post!