Munich to Wengen for 3 days & return - rail pass?

Munich to Wengen for 3 days & return - rail pass?

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Jpresteg
Jpresteg
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Jun 17, 2018 - 3:46 AM

Our family of 4 (2 adults, 7yo, 4yo) will be traveling from Munich to Zurich on Saturday 6/30 and then staying in Wengen for 3 nights before traveling back to Munich again via train.

Would it be best to get a Eurail Global Pass or should we consider another option? Apologies but not much time for internet research and this will be our first trip to Switzerland.

Lucas
Lucas
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Jun 17, 2018 - 1:38 PM in reply to Jpresteg

Hi Jpresteg and welcome to MySwissAlps!

Whether you get a Eurail Global or Select rail pass (https://www.myswissalp s.com/multicountrypass es) will depend on how much travel you do in Germany by train. If taking the train to Switzerland is your only train trip outside of Switzerland I don't think it would make sense.

If you are staying in and around Wengen only for 3 days (not going too far away) then a Jungfrau Travel Pass might be your best bet: https://www.myswissalp s.com/jungfrautravelpa ss and then point to point tickets from Munich to Interlaken Ost or Wengen (If your Jungfrau Travel Pass is valid the day or arrival you only need a ticket as far as Interlaken Ost. https://www.myswissalp s.com/traintickets/ger many

The only way to know which rail pass is the best for your specific itinerary you need to plan out all trips you will make (train, bus, boat, cable car) and compare the prices for regular tickets to the rail pass price (and which routes/mountains are free or discounted). Once you have that information you can read our page here on how to choose the best rail pass. There is a spreadsheet there to help with the math. :)
https://www.myswissalp s.com/train/ticketspas ses/practical/choosera ilpass

Jpresteg
Jpresteg
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Jun 20, 2018 - 4:28 AM

Thank you, thank you for your response! Most helpful. The Munich to Zurich connection has been challenging because most trains are running very early or late in the day or have at least 3-4 connections. So, we are considering taking a DB bus.

The Jungfrau pass looks tempting but I'm also pricing out the Swiss Half Fare Card. We are primarily interested in hiking easy trails and taking in playgrounds (i.e. hiking to Kleine Scheidegg and the Children's Adventure trail). We may not get to Schilthorn or Jungfrau?

Any recommendations on getting from Zurich to Wengen? Should I be looking specifically for a Golden Pass train through Lucern and if so, do I need to reserve ahead? Thought perhaps the Swiss Half Fare Card could be helpful also for this leg of the journey?

Lucas
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Jun 20, 2018 - 2:32 PM in reply to Jpresteg

Yes, Lake Constance gets in the way of nice train connections between Munich and Zurich. I've always taken Flixbus.

The Swiss Half Fare Card gets you 50% off all train routes so it is always helpful. :) https://www.myswissalp s.com/swisshalffarecar d

Whether it is better in the end than another rail pass you can't know until you do the math using the link on my last post.

Zurich to Wengen, yes I'd take the Luzern - Interlaken Express (part of the Golden Pass route: https://www.myswissalp s.com/goldenpass/getti ngthere).

You can find all train schedules with the Swiss railways timetable here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/timetable

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