Rail pass for ski trip to Zermatt and St. Moritz

Rail pass for ski trip to Zermatt and St. Moritz

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Adriana
Adriana
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Oct 29, 2017 - 11:26 PM

Hello, We are a couple with 2 teens (17 & 18) and we start our ski trip from Geneve airport directly to Zermatt (1 Week skiing) from where we intend to take a Glacier Express to St Moritz. From St Moritz (5 days skiing) we go to Bern to spent one night and from Bern we come back to Geneve to sleep our last night. From Geneve we return to the airport. Which kind of pass is more suitable for us. The half fare travel card is suitable for the guys? What are the differences btw half fare and Youth pass? Thank you in advance

Lucas
Lucas
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Oct 30, 2017 - 7:43 AM in reply to Adriana

Hi Adriana,

I think you mean the Youth Swiss Travel Pass when you say youth pass? There is no youth discount for the Swiss Half Fare Card so I think that is what you are comparing.

You could look at either the Swiss Half Fare Card for all of you or the Swiss Travel Pass Flex (there is a youth discount for them).

To know the best rail pass economically for everyone, you have to do the math unfortunately. We do have a page here on how to choose the best rail pass that will help with that. :)

I would think with your itinerary, that a Swiss Half Fare Card would be the best option for all of you. You then get 50% off all train, buses etc that you take in the country.

You also need to make a mandatory reservation on the Glacier Express for everyone.

rockoyster
rockoyster
3391 posts
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Oct 31, 2017 - 2:51 AM in reply to Adriana

Hi Adriana,

Based on just the 4 main train trips you plan to take I'd say you will save about CHF100 using a 4-day Swiss Travel Pass Flex. But you would be confined to making savings only on your 4 main travel days. The Swiss Half-Fare Card would save you a bit less but the shortfall would probably be made up by offering 50% savings on any other travel you did (eg half-fare on Gornergrat at Zermatt, Geneva to Geneva Airport at end of trip, any local trips around St Moritz).

Advantage of Pass is you don't need to buy any tickets (apart from GEX reservation) - just hop on train and go on valid travel days.

Adriana
Adriana
8 posts
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Oct 31, 2017 - 10:11 AM in reply to Adriana

Thank you very much for your colaboration.

Adriana
Adriana
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Oct 31, 2017 - 10:29 AM in reply to rockoyster

Thank you!

rockoyster
rockoyster
3391 posts
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Nov 2, 2017 - 1:50 AM in reply to Adriana

Hi Adriana,

Given your major train trips are spread out you may want to have a look some of these www.sbb.ch/en/travelca rds-and-tickets/tickets-for-switzerland/1-day-travelpass/saver-day-pass.html as an alternative to a Flex pass.

Be sure to read the terms and conditions and check the area of validity map www.sbb.ch/content/dam /sbb/de/pdf/abos-billette/abonnemente/g a/karte-geltungsbereich-ga-halbtax-stand-dezember2016_d_barrier efrei.pdf

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