Jan 13, 2020 - 4:04 AM
in reply to wjwoo
There is no one-size-fits-all answer. To get the best deal do the math based on a detailed itinerary Including mountain excursions you plan to do as well as train rides from one location to another.
I strongly recommend using the SBB Mobile app (bit.ly/2ICIUHi) for checking train, bus, boat and cable way timetables, finding fares* and buying tickets on-line if required. In the unlikely event you don’t have a device capable of running the app then you can use the timetable on the SBB website (bit.ly/2HH1U7B). If you are not familiar with using the SBB timetable it is worth first reading the instructions at www.myswissalps.com/timetable.
* The SBB website shows half-fare prices by default, the mobile app allows you to nominate whether to show full or half-fares (by editing the passenger details in settings) and is also smart enough to offer you the Saver Day Pass (www.myswissalps.com/saverdaypass) if that offers the best fare. The app can also display a platform map (at least at the larger stations) to help you make connections. You can also easily filter modes of transport (eg bus or ship).
When are you travelling? You need seat reservations for the Glacier Express.
Don’t rule out the Swiss Half-Fare Card as a good solution for all of you - providing your don’t mind buying tickets as you go. It’s easy with the SBB app and most mountain excursions are the same discount (or better in the case of Jungfraujoch) as with the Swiss Travel Pass. Used in conjunction with the Saver Day Pass (bought well in advance) or Supersaver fares (tied to specific trains so take care) for longer journeys it can be quite cost effective. There is no doubt the Swiss Travel Pass wins on convenience.
Last modified on Jan 13, 2020 - 4:24 AM by rockoyster