Paying for public transport - pass or tickets?

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Jun 24, 2017 - 11:45 AM

We are working out an itinerary for a week's stay in Interlaken, which involves using public transport (trains, buses, boats, gondelbahns etc.) to get us to places where we would like to walk and sightsee. We already have a Swiss Half-Fare Travel Card that would allow us to get discounted rates on most of the transport. But it would also give us a 25% discount on the Bernese Oberland Regional pass, which would give us free travel on all the transport we need + avoiding the hassle of having to buy tickets for individual journeys. That option looks like being about CHF 50/60 more expensive than just using the Half Fare Card for individual trips. It also assumes that the weather will permit us to do all the things we want!!

If we could use a credit card to pay after boarding trains and boats (for instance) it would be a lot less hassle. Because our German is very limited we anticipate possible problems having to buy so many tickets - and thus we are wondering if the Regional Pass would be worthwhile.

Some of our plans involve four or five different modes of transport in a day, so any advice on how difficult/easy it is to buy individual tickets would be very welcome.

With thanks, Skivacance

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Jun 24, 2017 - 3:56 PM in reply to Removed user

Hi Skivacance,

You will have to buy a ticket before you board a train, not once on it. On boats it is possible to buy the ticket on board. Ticketing machines offer several languages including English. There are quite some places with staffed ticket desks, and the staff almost always speaks English too. So in all it won't be a problem to buy individual tickets I think, but it always takes some time one way or the other.

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