Route from Murren to Top of Europe in June

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Ruby
Ruby
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Mar 4, 2019 - 1:06 AM

We're vacationing in Murren in June 2019 and would like to do the Jungfrau Top of Europe and had questions about the best route and estimated costs. We plan to purchase the 8 day Swiss Travel Pass which appears to cover certain rail, bus, boat transportation and discounts on cable cars, but it’s not clear what modes of transportation would be needed for the trip and which parts would be covered by our Swiss travel pass and which wouldn’t. Could you provide info on a good route for this trip and an estimate of what the various sections would cost including the cost for the pass for the Top of Europe. This may seem obvious if you've traveled in Switzerland before, but having never been there before it's difficult to piece together the various modes of transportation and which portions are covered, which ones are not, and which ones might be eligible for a discount with the Swiss Travel Pass

1960man
1960man
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Mar 4, 2019 - 1:13 AM in reply to Ruby

Murren - Lauterbrunnen - Wengen is 'free' with a Swiss T Pass.

Above Wengen to Jungfraujoch it costs the normal full fare less 25% .

Quite a few people argue that Jungfraujoch itself is over-rated, but it's your choice. You get a great view of the Eiger / Jungfrau etc without even having to leave Mürren.

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Mar 4, 2019 - 1:58 AM in reply to Ruby

Hello Ruby and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

To understand where the Swiss Travel Pass is valid see the map you can download at www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass/validity.

Looking at that map will show you that to get to Jungfraujoch you first need to go from Mürren to Lauterbrunnen then head up to Wengen. See www.myswissalps.com/ju ngfraujoch/gettingther e for more details.

The price list for Jungfraujoch is at bit.ly/2J5H92u.

From Lauterbrunnen a very nice (fully covered by the Swiss Travel Pass) circuit to do is to Grütschalp (cable car), Mürren (train), Gimmelwald (cable car), Stechelberg (cable car), Lauterbrunnen (bus). From Mürren you can easily visit Schiltorn and Allmendhubel if you have time. In between Stechelberg and Lauterbrunnen the bus stops at the Trummelbach Falls. Well worth a look. All these places are searcheable on the MySwissAlps website.

Steph
Steph
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Mar 4, 2019 - 7:06 AM in reply to Ruby

Dear Ruby,

That's exactly what we're here for, to clarify doubts.

I believe 1960man and Rockoyster have answered all your questions. To help you calculate the time needed for the sections of your trip, use the advanced timetable in this link: www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

You'll find helpful information about Murren, where you'll also find support from the local Tourist Office or Hotel reception if needed, using this link: www.myswissalps.com/mu rren

Happy travelling and feel free to consult for further input.

Best,
Steph

disantor
disantor
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Mar 5, 2019 - 2:18 AM in reply to Steph

Also, depending on your travel plan, a Swiss rail card may not be your most cost effective option. Using the rail time table and fares, the best rail card depends on the regions and distance of travel.

There is a Swiss Half Fare Card.
There is a Regional Pass Bernese Oberland
There is a Jungfrau Travel Pass


These may be a better deal than the much pricier swiss rail.

You need to do the math to compare itinerary vs. Costs of these.

Have fun!

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Mar 5, 2019 - 2:28 AM in reply to disantor

Quite true disantor.

Ruby, 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. Warning: Can be headache inducing. 😉

Last modified on Mar 5, 2019 - 2:29 AM by rockoyster
disantor
disantor
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Mar 5, 2019 - 2:48 AM

Indeed, I'm only half way through the math. Head is spinning.

I am going from Basel to Montreux for 5 days (some day trips there), then going to Murren for 5 nights. Then, return to Basel.

I believe, based on current plans for hikes and trips, that my best bet is half fare card plus Bernese Oberland. However, it might be Half fare card plus Junfrau region. I have determined that it is NOT the Swiss Rail pass based on the rules of thumb.

Indeed, it is dizzying - as the BO card gives you half off to Montreux (once you go beyond BO border). Montreux lodging includes a local travel card. If you get the half fare card, the BO card is also discounted. etc etc.

Rachael

rockoyster
rockoyster
7116 posts
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Mar 5, 2019 - 4:23 AM in reply to disantor

Hi Rachael,

Sounds like you are on the right track. Don't overthink it.

Good luck. 🤓

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