Feb 25, 2013 - 3:16 AM
Hello KP, welcome to MySwissAlps,
1) Combining a Swiss Transfer Ticket and a Swiss Half Fare Card is unnecessary (too expensive). I would recommend to choose from the Swiss Card or Swiss Half Fare Card (depending on which towns you visit in which order), versus an 8-day Swiss Pass. I think a Swiss Pass makes sense as you'll probably do day trips as well. It includes free traveling (also on buses and boats), free museums, and discounts on mountain transport. Please find all details, including a network map and purchase options, here. The children travel along for free with all mentioned passes if you order along the free Family Card you already mentioned.
2) The trip to Como is easier from Lucerne than the Bernese Oberland. Just one change, or even none at all, and the trip is shorter. So with that in mind, you could first visit the Bernese Oberland, then Lucerne, then Italy. You can best check the timetable to see what fits you best.
3) I don't know what the options are to book seats for traveling in Italy. But it makes more sense to book earlier than that, to make sure you won't be limited by fully booked trains. The earlier you book (up to 3 months in advance), the better chance you have to get the seats you prefer. Depending on where you buy your pass, you can order along the reservations with the pass.
4) That depends on your interests. Both locations are beautiful. Lake Thun and Lake Brienz are more centrally located and thus allow for easier trips in a wider area (Bernese Oberland). Wengen and Mürren are mountain villages which take more time to reach, but they're excellent to explore the Jungfrau region.
Last modified on Nov 1, 2018 - 4:17 PM by Arno