Jun 1, 2016 - 1:13 PM
For my proposed 6 day trip, I had initially planned to buy the 8 day Swiss Travel Pass. However, I now feel that a Half Fare Card may be more cost effective. Broad plans are:
- Day 1 - Geneva to Interlaken by train. Local sightseeing in Interlaken and visit to Harder Klum or some nearby area.
- Day 2 - Interlaken: Visit Jungfrau. If weather does not permit, visit Berne (I think it is possible to do it by opting for a cruise from Interlaken).
- Day 3: Train from Interlaken to Meggen. Visit to Mt. Titlis else local sight seeing and cruise on Lake Lucerne.
- Day 4: Meggen - Visit to Mt. Titlis.
- Day 5: Meggen to Zurich by train. Visit Rhine Falls.
- Day 6: Sightseeing in Zurich - old town/ lake Zurich.
- Day 7: Return flight from Zurich.
I may visit Mt. Rigi or some other place near Lucerne on Day 5 if I can do some local sightseeing in Zurich on Day 6 itself (such as a short cruise on Lake Zurich and visit to Rhine Falls.
I would really appreciate inputs on the above and whether it is better to go with a Swiss Travel Pass or a Half Fare Card. Also, on a Half Fare Pass, I understand I will get 50% off on all of the above activities and travels (such as train, internal travel in a city by TRAM / BUS etc., cruise, rhine falls, Jungfrau, Mt. Titlis etc). As per SBB website, train ticket from Geneva to Interlaken is CHF 34.50. If I go with the Half Fare Card, I will have to purchase all train tickets locally (for example - Geneva to Interlaken, Interlaken to Meggen, Lucerne to Engelberg, Meggen to Zurich etc).
My questions are :
- Are the train fares static (fixed fare) or would they change/ become steep closer to the date of travel?
- Will I be able to purchase train tickets on the same day as my date of travel (say 1 hour in advance?)