Mar 11, 2017 - 6:46 PM
So I have read through this site and others. I need some further clarity. We are a party of 6 (2 are 18 year olds) traveling in Switzerland for 8 days in June 2017. We land at Zurich Airport and are staying in Grindelwald in the Bernese Oberland Mountains. Our intent is to travel by train to Grindelwald on Day 1 probably via Bern to Grindelwald. On Day 8 we will travel back to Zurich Airport probably via Lucern.
Grindelwald will be our base for 6 full days (not including Day1 and Day 8). We want to hike, exploring the Bernese Oberland region and do a side trip for 1 day (no overnight) to Zermatt. While in Bernese Oberland region we want to go to Interlaken, Jungfraujoch, Lauterbruen Valley, Murren, Schilthorn and Grindelwald First among other stops and possibly a side trip to Saas Fee although this is last on the priority list.
We have no interest in a car rental and only want to travel by train and bus as a last resort
I know discounts are available for individual train tickets if purchased in advance but then you cannot get off where you want say from Zurich to Bern (getting off there) and then traveling onto Interlaken and Grindelwald. . We like the idea of getting on and off at will without buying individual tickets. Second class on the train is fine. That initially led me to Swiss Travel Pass but it only offers 25% discount on Jungfraujoch. Then there is the Regional Bernese Oberland pass, Fungfrau Travel Pass, Half Fare Card and Transfer Ticket pass.
I would appreciate some guidance on this. If not the Swiss Travel Pass then the Swiss Half Fare Card looks attractive for 50% off on nearly everything essentially but we would need to buy tickets every time we travel and show the card and maybe passport. Not a huge problem but when you are on the run, buying tickets may not be ideal. Is this a better option for us?
The Jungfrau passbooks interesting but confusing as does the Bernese regional pass but I don't know how to compare them to the others well.
There used to be a Good Morning option to go up to Jungfraujovh but I cannot seem to find if this discount option pass in available for early morning travel.
Can someone suggest the best option for us given what we are planning and is there any opportunity to buy whatever passes suggested early and get a discount?