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dominikjeske
dominikjeske
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Jul 12, 2020 - 2:17 PM

I am planning a car trip with my wife to Switzerland and I am looking for someone who will help clarify the details of the use of Swiss Travel Pass and Swiss Swiss Half Fare Cards. Although I plan to travel by car, there is a discount on mountain trains for most of the interesting attractions.

When it comes to SHFC, in theory, buying the https://www.swiss-pass.ch/swiss-half-fare-card/ card for 120 CHF I have a 50% discount on most attractions -www.myswissalps.com/swisshalffarecard/validity including those that interest me Jungfraujoch, Gornergrat, Grindelwald-First, Titlis, Eggishorn.

However, after reading the entry of a rockoyster expert on the forum www.myswissalps.com/forum/topic/swiss-travel-pass-vs-half-fare-pass I completely lost my mind. I totally don't understand now how SHFC works and why we eventually pay 240CHF?

I also don't know if when I buy Good Morning Ticket to Jungfraujoch I could combine these promotions and reduce the morning ticket by half?

The last uncertainty is the entry on this page www.myswitzerland.com/pl/planowanie/transport-accommodation/bilety/swiss-half-fare-card/- "3 days a month" - appears only in Polish translation so maybe it's a mistake. I hope that this card is not valid only 3 days in month period :)

When it comes to STP, everything looks clear (along with the fact that, unfortunately, the most expensive attraction Jungfraujoch gives a 25% discount instead of 50%). There is a promotion www.myswissalps.com/swisstravelpass/promotions - thanks to which if I understand right we have free reservations at Jungfraujoch and Swiss Coupon Pass. Here I am not sure how it is technically done - whether I have to buy a ticket for Jungfraujoch online in advance and if not how I will receive the Swiss Coupon Pass.

1960man
1960man
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Jul 12, 2020 - 11:30 PM in reply to dominikjeske

No, you have misunderstood Rockoyster's comments. You pay CHF 120 to buy the half fare card. Once you have purchased the card, you must then buy any tickets you want at 50% off the normal fare. This means that your travel will always cost more than CHF120. It is like owning a car. You buy it for a certain amount, but it won't take you anywhere if you don't buy fuel to make it move.

As Rockoyster explains, you must but a certain amount of tickets with a HFC in order to 'break even' overall.

1960man
1960man
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Jul 12, 2020 - 11:35 PM in reply to dominikjeske

"When it comes to STP, everything looks clear (along with the fact that, unfortunately, the most expensive attraction Jungfraujoch gives a 25% discount instead of 50%)."

The Jungfrau railway management know very well how many people want to visit this 'tourist trap', so they make as much money as they can out of tourists, so they only relunctantly give discounts , hence the 25%. They know that under normal circumstances, enough long haul tourists will be attracted, by the 'thing' that is Jungfraujoch, to pay up.

The 'thing' to many observers is nowadays tainted by being too much like a theme park, and overpriced. You have the option to omit it from your trip. You get a great view of the Jungfrau from Mürren which is a cheaper place to get to and a much more pleasant place to spend some time.

There are two other threads on at the moment where I have talked about Mürren , and Gornergart as the better spectacle.

Last modified on Jul 12, 2020 - 11:36 PM by 1960man
Annika
Annika
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Jul 13, 2020 - 5:44 AM in reply to dominikjeske

Hi dominikjeske, and welcome to MySwissAlps.com!

Let's start off with the Swiss Half Fare Card:

As for the Swiss Travel Pass and Jungfraujoch seat reservation promotion:

Last but not least, this page explains how to calculate which pass makes most sense for your travel plans: www.myswissalps.com/train/ticketspasses/practical/chooserailpass. And here's helpful information about traveling by car: www.myswissalps.com/car.

I hope this answers your questions!

dominikjeske
dominikjeske
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Jul 13, 2020 - 4:11 PM in reply to 1960man

@1960man - thanks for clarification. Today after your comment and reading again now I understand what Rockoyster was trying to explain.

Also thanks for showing alternative to Jungfrau (Mürren) - I will definitely consider this option

@Annika - thanks for you detailed answer - you definitely answered all my questions. Now I will read and recalculate all things.

This forum is great :)

Last modified on Jul 13, 2020 - 4:12 PM by dominikjeske
Annika
Annika
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Jul 14, 2020 - 6:09 AM in reply to dominikjeske

You're welcome dominikjeske, glad we could be of help! Let us know if you run into further questions :-).

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