Rail pass help 2 weeks Wengen & itinerary ideas

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Mar 29, 2017 - 6:11 PM

Hello there:

This August I'm celebrating a "big" birthday and want to enjoy a relaxed hiking vacation in Switzerland. I have rented a chalet in Wengen for 2 weeks and invited friends to come and stay - most will be staying for one week while a few of us will stay in Wengen the entire time. The plan is to fill our days with day hikes & excursions, depending on mood and weather. The group is active & we've already accumulated a good list of hikes & excursions. Most will be flying in/out of Zurich.

Question: Does it make sense to buy the 15-day Swiss Rail pass or just buy as we go? I don't have a sense of whether we'd use the pass nearly everyday or not.

Also, besides the hikes in the Bernese Oberland area, are there some day-long excursions (Bern, Lucerne, etc) that we should be considering? I think we will concentrate on hiking in the environs of Wengen but are looking for other places to go for the day as long as we get up early and get going.

Thanks so much!

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Mar 30, 2017 - 4:55 AM

Hi calkatie11,

If you are staying in Wengen you might want to look at the www.myswissalps.com/re gionalpassberneseoberl and/validity This pass offers better discounts on some trains and cable cars than the Swiss Travel Pass.

See also this discussion www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/bernese-oberland-pass-or-swiss-pass

Have a blast!

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Mar 30, 2017 - 7:39 AM

Welcome to MySwissAlps calkatie11!

Rockoyster provided some good links to look into. Buying tickets as you go is definitely not the best option. It's too expensive to do that for two weeks. Plus, a pass would prevent you from buying tickets all the time which is pretty convenient. However, if you don't mind that, the Swiss Half Fare Card can be an option to consider as well. How to compare passes price wise is explained here.

There are lots of excursion options including Bern and Lucerne. A list of ideas, including hikes, can be found on the Bernese Oberland page.

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