Hello MSA Forum members
We are going to visit Switzerland for 23 days (end August - mid September).
Our travel plans are:
3 days Zürich & Schaffhausen: going to buy 1 day point-to-point ticket from Zürich - Schaffhausen & 2 days the Saver Day Pass
5 days Lucerne Area: going to buy the Tell Pass Summer for this duration
8 days Interlaken Area: going to buy the Regional Pass Berner Oberland (because we are going to do a lot of cable cars and mountain excursions which are all included in this pass, as well as all our travel plans for buses, trains and boats)
1 day travel to Zermatt (buy the Saver Day Pass) & 2 days in Zermatt (Gornergrat and Sunegga day trips and maybe Glacier Paradise)
1 day travel from Chur to Locarno (buy the Saver Day Pass) & 2 days Locarno Area (point to points tickets on Train/Bus only as far as Bellinzona and Laverso Valley)
Now here is where I need some help from you:
I see that there is a discount price with the Regional Pass Berner Oberland if you have a Swiss Half Fare Pass. When I add the CHF120 for the Half Fare Pass to this discounted price, it is basically the same price as the "normal" fee. I do understand this, but now I am considering the following: If I do buy the Half Fare Pass as well (although everything is already included for our 8 days in Interlaken area), we will benefit from this Half Fare Pass for the first 3 days of our trip as well as for the days after our 8 day Interlaken stay, because we will get discounted prices on the point-to-point tickets and Saver Day Pass tickets which we have to buy for the other days that are not part of Tell Pass Summer and RPBO.
Do I understand this xtra discount correct?
I know that the Saver Day Pass is only valid for a specific date and that I have to print out tickets for the point-to-point journey, but most of these dates are fixed because we have to travel to our next destination on those days.
If I decide rather to buy a 6 day Swiss Travel Pass for the last 6 days of our trip (Zermatt & Locarno), instead of Saver Day Passes, is there a discount on this 6 day Swiss Travel Pass if we do have the Half Fare Pass as well or is the discount on the Half Fare Pass only valid for point-to-point tickets and Saver Day Passes?
If I have to go for this Half Fare Pass option as well, when do I purchase this ticket? Do I need this Half Fare Pass before I buy the Regional Pass Berner Oberland and Saver Day Passes?
Please advise what will be the best option for our travel plans.