Recommended rail pass for 6 days Grindelwald

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Hughandlisa1
Hughandlisa1
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Jun 12, 2019 - 4:31 PM

My wife and I will be arriving in Zurich on Sept 11 at 6:30 am. We plan to stay in Grindelwald for 5 nights. Here’s our itinerary:

Sept 11– train from Zurich to Grindelwald; check in or leave bags at hotel; if enough time, take one of the gondolas to get up as high as possible to enjoy the views and relax

Sept 12– bus to Mannlichen; hike to Kleine Scheidegg to Eigergletscher to Alpigen; train from Alpigen back to Grindelwald

Sept 13– gondola to First; hike from First to Schynige Platte; cogwheel train from SP to Wilderswil then train to Grindelwald

Sept 14– train to Thun; enjoy this beautiful town’s castle and church ; try to include Spietz; train back to Grindelwald

Sept 15– gondola to First; hike to Bachsee to Faulhorn to Bussalp; train back to Grindelwald

Sept 16– travel to Paris ; use Swiss rail for part of the fare (Basel)

Should one of the hiking days get rained out, we have an alternate day planned to go to Lake Brienze

Based upon this itinerary, what rail pass do you recommend? Also, which gondola will give us the most scenic ride for our afternoon trip on Sept 11? Thank you in advance

pvonk
pvonk
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Jun 12, 2019 - 9:49 PM

You should read How to choose the best travel pass...

www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass

download the handy spreadsheet calculator and do the math.

Hughandlisa1
Hughandlisa1
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Jun 12, 2019 - 10:38 PM

Was really wondering if the Bernese Oberland Pass made the most sense? If we buy this, will we get discounted train fares from Zurich to Grindelwald and from Grindelwald to Basel?

Also, is it likely that there will be rail pass sales or discounts available before we leave on Sept 10?

Arno
Arno
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Jun 13, 2019 - 6:13 AM in reply to Hughandlisa1

Hi Hugh and Lisa,

The Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland does make sense. Please see here for what's included: www.myswissalps.com/re gionalpassberneseoberl and/validity. And here for how/where to buy: www.myswissalps.com/re gionalpassberneseoberl and/price. You only need a ticket from Zurich to Lucerne or Bern as the rest is included in the pass: www.myswissalps.com/tr aintickets/switzerland. Likewise on the way back, only a ticket from Bern to Paris is required: www.myswissalps.com/tr aintickets/france. I would travel via Lucerne when going to Grindelwald, that's more scenic.

If you want to compare it to other options, then Pvink's link explains how to do so.

A promotion on this pass is not likely but still possible. You can keep an eye om promotions here: www.myswissalps.com/re gionalpassberneseoberl and/promotions.

Note that your September 15 hike partly overlaps with the September 13 hike.

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