Swiss Travel Pass or Half Fare Card?

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Jan 8, 2018 - 12:27 PM


I will be travelling in end January and here are our intended places:

- Zurich

-Grinderwald (via Interlaken)

- Jungfraujoch via Grindelwald

- Zermatt (& Matterhorn)

- St Moritz (Glacier Express)

- Italy Tirano

will be there for 10 days, and contemplating purchasing a 8 day pass Swiss Travel Pass. But am concern if Half Fare Card is more worth while in this case? In addition, if I were to purchase a STP, how do I enjoy discounted fares for my ride from St Moritz to Italy?

Thank you!! :)

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Jan 8, 2018 - 2:23 PM

Hi tortyserox, and welcome to MySwissAlps,

To know which pass is a better deal, you will need to check the prices of all your planned train, bus, gondola, boat tickets (you plan to take) and do the math to compare prices. We have a page here on how to choose the best rail pass that has a spreadsheet to help you.

A ticket from St. Moritz to Italy (Tirano) is around 64 CHF. I would buy a point to point ticket, whether or not discounted 50% with the Swiss Half Fare Card. You could try to get a Supersaver ticket. You can buy Supersaver tickets online and via the SBB Mobile app. Each time you make a timetable enquiry, Supersaver tickets will automatically be displayed (%-sign), provided they are available. More information here.

Be sure to check the following as well:

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Jan 9, 2018 - 2:38 AM in reply to tortyserox

Hello tortyserox,

Chantel has given you a guide to work out which pass to choose. Swiss Travel Pass is very convenient as by and large you don;t need to buy tickets for specific trains. Just hop on and go. You would still need a ticket for Jungfraujoch and reservations for Glacier Express and Bernina Express (if you plan to travel on that train). A Swiss Travel Pass Flex ( isstravelpassflex )may work for you if you are not travelling every day. It works out slightly more expensive for the flexibility of being able to use it on any 8 days (in a month) rather than 8 consecutive days.

You only get 25% discount on Jungfraujoch with STP but 50% with Swiss Half-fare Card.

Warning about SuperSaver tickets. They apply to a specific train departure on a specific day. Miss the train or change your plans and you need to buy another ticket.

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Jan 9, 2018 - 4:38 AM in reply to rockoyster

>> You only get 25% discount on Jungfraujoch with STP but 50% with Swiss Half-fare Card.

True, but with the Swiss Travel Pass, you get free travel from Interlaken Ost (or wherever you start from) to Grindelwald or Wengen. With the Swiss Half Fare Card, you have to pay 50% for those sectors.

The Jungfraujoch trip taken in isolation is a bit cheaper with the Swiss Half Fare Card, but in many cases, the Swiss Travel Pass could be more cost effective for an overall itinerary.


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Jan 10, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Hi Alpenrose, rockoyster & Chantal

thanks for your revert! will most likely be getting the STP, thanks!

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