Rail pass options for 6 days in Wengen?

Rail pass options for 6 days in Wengen?

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tharper
tharper
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Jan 12, 2018 - 8:18 PM

Hi,

I will be travelling to Switzerland July 2018 with my mother and 13 year old daughter. We will arrive in Zurich and go straight to Wengen. We will then spend 6 full days in Wengen and then travel back to Zurich (spending one night in Zurich before our flight) to fly home. I'm confused as to what rail pass would be best. We will be doing hiking and visiting other villages in the area, so one that covers the gondolas and lifts would be best. So I basically need a pass that covers Zurich to Wengen on day one, 6 full days in Wengen, and then 1 day of Wengen back to Zurich. I have read the rail website several times and am still confused.

rockoyster
rockoyster
3382 posts
expert
Jan 12, 2018 - 9:21 PM in reply to tharper

Hi tharper and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

Have you read about how to chose the best travel pass (www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass)?

For your plans, most likely point-to-point ticket between Wengen and Zurich combined with a Jungfrau Travel Pass (www.myswissalps.com/ju ngfrautravelpass) may work out best. A pass for you and your mother and a CHF30 Junior Travelcard (www.myswissalps.com/ju niortravelcard) for your daughter (she then travels for free).

A Swiss Transfer Ticket (www.myswissalps.com/sw isstransferticket) will save you a bit of money on the Zurich to Wengen and return trip.

But you need to do the sums to compare with a Swiss Half-fare Card or an 8-day Swiss Travel Pass/Swiss Family Card combination taking into account coverage of the alternatives. e.g. Schilthorn Cable Car and Allmendhubel Funicular are free on STP but not JTP.

the Travel Pass options win hands down over the half-far Card for convenience. No (or minimal) tickets to buy.

Last modified on Jan 12, 2018 - 10:21 PM by rockoyster
tharper
tharper
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Jan 13, 2018 - 4:33 AM in reply to rockoyster

Thank you for your reply. We plan on hiking and moving about the region a lot. Would the Swiss Travel pass cover more of the gondolas and lifts than the Junfrau Travel Pass? I'm not sure if we would go to Schitlhorn or Jungfrau, we will probably decide once we are there depending on weather. I have a hard time looking at the coverage maps and knowing if that covers the gondolas too.

rockoyster
rockoyster
3382 posts
expert
Jan 13, 2018 - 5:42 AM in reply to tharper

On the Swiss Travel Pass validity map the railways are red and the cableways black. Solid lines are free. Dotted lines are 50% discount except for railways from Wengen or Grindelwald to Jungfraujoch which are 25% discount (the red dotted lines with the ① next to them).

On the Jungfrau validity map everything you see is covered except for Jungfraujoch from Eigergleischter, which is 50% discounted.

Jungfrau Travel Pass probably gives you better coverage for what you want to do, especially if you are not interested in Schilthorn. But Swiss Travel Pass also covers your return trip to Zurich so that's where the cost balancing comes in.

tharper
tharper
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Jan 13, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Thank you so much. That is just the information that I needed.

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