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Nov 7, 2019 - 8:34 AM

Dear All,

I need help... I am not sure which travel card is more suitable for my itinerary? A full fare card of a half fare card. I hope you all can help me with these... I have been struggling to understand which one is better for me and my family. Help help! My itinerary as below:

11/12 - Fly in Zurich Airport ( On the same day will need to take transportation to Grindelwald)

12/12 - (Stay at Grindelwald) Free & Easy at Grindelwald

13/12 - (Stay at Grindelwald) Go up to Jungfrau

14/12 - (Check out from Grindelwald and proceed to Zurich)

15/12 - Free & Easy at Zurich

16/12 - Flying Back to Malaysia

Which card would be the most relevant and more cost effective for these itinerary? Please advise me.. your help is very much appreciated.

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Nov 7, 2019 - 9:54 AM in reply to woonyien

Hello woonyienand Welcome to MySwissAlps,

It’s complicated.

By far the best way to check timetables, find fares* and buy tickets on-line if required is using the SBB Mobile app (bit.ly/2ICIUHi). In the unlikely event you don’t have a device capable of running the app then you can use the timetable on the SBB website (bit.ly/2HH1U7B). If you are not familiar with using the timetable it will pay to first read the instructions at www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

* The SBB website shows half-fare prices by default, the mobile app allows you to nominate whether to show full or half-fares (by editing the passenger details in settings) and is also smart enough to offer you the Saver Day Pass (www.myswissalps.com/sa verdaypass) if that offers the best fare. The app also show a platform map (at least at the larger stations) to help you make conections.

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.

You don’t say what your family looks like but if you have kids >6<16 they will travel free with a Swiss Family Card (www.myswissalps.com/sw issfamilycard) which is available for free when acquired in conjunction with a Swiss Travel Pass (www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass) or Swiss Half Fare Card (www.myswissalps.com/sw isshalffarecard).

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new member
Nov 8, 2019 - 3:30 AM in reply to woonyien

Hi woonyien,

Based on your itinerary, suggest you do the Half Fare Card. A bit tedious in that you have to buy tickets, but using the SBB app is a breeze. Biggest upside is 50% ticket discount to Jungfraujoch, which is very expensive.

I'm from Malaysia and just went through this in September with ease. Train system is super friendly and probably the best in the world. Saves you quite a bit of $$ as well.

Have fun!!

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Nov 8, 2019 - 7:13 AM in reply to woonyien

Hi Woonyien,

As recommended by rockoyster, please refer to this guide on how to choose the best rail pass.
www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass

All the links he provided explain in detail the different types of rail pass available.

In addition, here are a few more useful links to help you plan your journey. Good luck!

Best regards,


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