How to choose railway passes for Bern & Geneva?

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Apr 29, 2018 - 8:35 PM

We are planning 5 days in Switzerland late May/early June. We find it a bit difficult to understand the different types of tickets/travel passes for railways in Switzerland, and hope that you may give us some advice about what would be the best/cheapest alternative for us.

We travel by plane to Zürich airport and first then need to get to Bern, preferrably by train. How would you advice us to carry out this tour? Are the routes to and from the airports included in some of the travel passes? After some days we will go to Geneva, stay in Geneva city for a couple of days and then we need to get to Geneva airport. What kinds of tickets would you advice us to buy for these trips?

Another question: When we stay in Bern – would it be possible for us to go to and from Jungfraujoch on the same day? What kinds of tickets/travel passes?

In advance thank you very much, Lise from Norway

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Apr 29, 2018 - 11:43 PM

Check out the Berner Oberland pass.

I used one in 2015 and it was ideal for exploring the area. I visited most of the "standard" places that attract international tourists plus others (e.g. Niessen) that was more "local".

Half the fun for some including myself is exploring the different ticket options but it takes time and effort. An experience that will prove worthwhile.

Most of the tickets can be purchased on line before departure.

Enjoy your travels!

Last modified on Apr 30, 2018 - 8:32 AM by Chantal
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Apr 30, 2018 - 8:39 AM in reply to lisevikh

Hi Lise, and welcome to MySwissAlps,

In order to know which pass is most economical for your itinerary you will need to plan out all your specific trips and compare prices of tickets vs. other rail passes. We have a web page on how to choose the best rail pass to help you with the math.

Based on your itinerary you need to do the sums based on the cost of all your planned trips on trains, boats, cable cars etc. You can use the Swiss Train Timetable to work out the fares for any trip. When you go to buy a ticket the fare you see on the right hand side of the page will normally be the half-fare price. Double it to get full fare.

It's possible to go from Bern to Jungfraujoch.

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