Swiss Half Fare Card vs Regional Pass BO

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Apr 9, 2018 - 7:44 PM

I will be in staying in Stechelberg (via Lucern) for about a week. I am thinking of buying the regional Bernese Oberland pass. The weather and whim will determine most of my plans. I may just feel like walking about everyday ....but may want to go to Bern or some other place for the day. Below are a few questions as i am wondering if the Swiss Half Fare or Regional Pass makes most sense.

From this site:


a 25% discount applies to the pass price if you have a valid Swiss Travel Pass or Swiss Half Fare Card at the time of traveling." QUESTION: i don't think there is any reason to by the Swiss Half Fare there?

There is very little difference in price between purchasing thru HappyRail & SwissRail. QUESTION: will the purchase site make a difference any other way?

Last, the regional pass seems like the best deal compared to Swiss Half Fare, as I will be in that area, but I don't have a specific itinerary. QUESTION: any comments?

Thanks in advance, Wendy

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Apr 9, 2018 - 9:11 PM in reply to WendyLR

Hello Wendy and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

The value of any specific pass depends entirely on your itinerary. If you just feel like walking about every day then you probably don’t need a pass.

We don’t know what else you are doing in Switzerland so it’s a bit difficult to offer firm advice.

The conventional wisdom says to read “How to choose the best travel pass” ( ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass), download the handy spreadsheet calculator and do the math. 🤓

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Apr 11, 2018 - 7:17 AM

Hi Wendy,

The page that Rockoyster suggested is useful to get the definitive answer. If you're going to do the math as explained on the page, then you can take into account the discount on the Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland and on trips outside the covered area if you would buy a Swiss Half Fare Card too. It looks like you won't make making many trips outside that area, so I would not think getting a Swiss Half Fare Card makes sense in your case.

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