Dec 29, 2016 - 2:38 AM
in reply to ChrisSass
If you have studied marketing, you will recognize the concepts of "niche marketing" and "specialty pricing."
The operators of the Jungfrau railway have enough customers to fill their facilities. They charge at a level which gives value to the people who pay for the trip. They adjust the fares to maximize their return. That is the business that they are in. And, unless you do indeed wish to rent a helicopter at a substantial increase in costs, or climb the mountain, you are stuck. They have a monopoly...earned by digging the rail tunnel a while ago.
There is talk of a new cableway to get more people up there, but, even if it happens, don't expect pricing to reflect cost and paying down the investment. Price will reflect market demand.
Your choice is simple. Pay what the rail company has decided (with rail pass discounts as discussed) , or, don't go.
I made the choice many years ago. I've been to Switzerland approximately 80 times, and greatly appreciate the Jungfrau region. I have never been up to Jungfraujoch. For me, there is more value elsewhere.
Arno mentioned Schilthorn.
Last modified on Dec 29, 2016 - 2:40 AM by Slowpoke