Feb 15, 2017 - 10:14 PM
My husband and I are planning a trip to Europe this spring, ending with a few days in Switzerland as outlined below:
Sat. May 13 Depart Munich for Murren via train, arriving late afternoon (2 nights in Murren)
Mon May 15 Depart Murren for Lucerne, (3 hour train ride, departing early evening)
Tuesday, May 16 Walking tour of Lucerne and excursion to Mt. Pilatus, then after-dinner train to hotel near Zurich airport prior to early morning flight the next day
I have enjoyed planning this trip.. until now, when I have become a bit overwhelmed with the train/rail pass options. I am hoping the forum experts can steer me in the right direction.
For the trip from Munich to Murren, I originally had heard about the swiss transfer ticket but today I looked and saw I can book a trip for only 39 Euro per person. This seems like a great deal so I plan to forego the transit ticket since with that I'd still have to buy a ticket from Munich to the Swiss border city.
Once we get to Switzerland, however, I get a bit overhwhelmed with options. Swiss rail pass, Berner-Oberland Pass, half-price card? We are only in the Berner Oberland for two days but (weather-permitting), we'd like to get up either the Schilthorn or the Jungfrau (probably not both), and hop on/off a few lifts to access some of the towns and short hikes. I see that the half-fare card is 113 Euro pp so once I buy that and also book tickets from Murren to Lucerne (26 Euro pp with the card) and from Lucerne to Zurich (15Euro pp) I've spent 154 Euro pp. Without the half price card my per-person train cost for the two trips would be 82 Euro, but I'm still thinking the 72 Euro difference would be rapidly consumed on the lifts in the Berner Oblerland, especially if we do end up riding the Jungfrau or the Schilthorn. Also, I think it gives me a discount on some of the Lucerne lifts/boat rides but I'm not sure on that. I'm thinking Half-fare card makes the most sense. If anyone who has been to the area could confirm I would be very appreciative. I also know there's a "Berner-Oberland" pass but I'm very unclear on what this would include and I'm not sure it's the right fit for me.
Thanks in advance for any and all tips offered!