Rail pass for 1 week in Grindelwald with a car

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WillysCrew9
WillysCrew9
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Jun 1, 2018 - 12:50 PM

My family of 10 will be traveling to Switzerland in May of next year. There will be five adults over 40, three adults that are 21 and two children 13 and 10. Our itinerary includes mountain trips to the Schiltorn, Jungfrau and Zermatt. I have tried calculating the cost of buying single tickets for transportation to the top in comparison to the Swiss Travel Pass but a bit confused. Do you think we would save on cost if we were to purchase a STP? We will be staying in Grindelwald and have a car. Thank you.

Lucas
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Jun 1, 2018 - 3:09 PM in reply to WillysCrew9

Hi WillysCrew9,

If you have a car, the Swiss Half Fare Card is probably the way to go for each member of your group (over 16). The 2 children will travel free when you order the free Swiss Family Card at time of purchase.

That being said, mapping out all your trips and finding prices (using the Swiss railways timetable) is the only way to figure out which rail pass is truly the best for your itinerary. If you are having problems with calculating the costs let us know how we can help.

WillysCrew9
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Jun 4, 2018 - 8:16 PM in reply to Lucas

Hi,

I have been mapping out our preliminary trips using the spreadsheet you mentioned. I have attached the spreadsheet. I am not sure if I did the routes correctly. I also was confused at times on the pricing. Do you think it looks about right? I have to say that the spreadsheet is a wonderful tool! If anything it can also help keep budget of your trip. As I have found, there is so much wonderfulness in Switzerland you just want to keep adding to the itinerary. It is a good thing we have a year to fine tune it! Thank you for all of your help!

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Lucas
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Jun 5, 2018 - 5:40 AM in reply to WillysCrew9

Hi WillysCrew,

Gornergrat looks correct for round-trip fares, but Grindelwald to Jungfraujoch (no need to split it up at Kleine Scheidegg) is off. That should be 190chf as a round trip regular fare.

The timetable: https://www.myswissalp s.com/timetable gives you the 1/2 fare price for a one-way trip (so double the price and double again for full fare, round-trip).

WillysCrew9
WillysCrew9
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Jun 5, 2018 - 12:05 PM in reply to Lucas

Thank you! Please let me know if I am understanding the validity of the Swiss Travel Card: the trip to Junfraujoch would be 25% off of the one way from Grindelwald but the trip back to Grindelwald would be free?

Lucas
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Jun 5, 2018 - 1:35 PM in reply to WillysCrew9

no the return trip is not free.

The route (either direction) between Grindelwald or Wengen to Jungfraujoch is 25% off with the Swiss Travel Pass.

Both directions cost money and you get 25% off both directions.

So the round trip fare I mentioned before is 190chf then minus your 25%. So about 142.50chf for the round trip with a Swiss Travel Pass.

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