Swiss Travel Pass vs. Half Fare Card

Swiss Travel Pass vs. Half Fare Card

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khetank
khetank
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May 9, 2018 - 6:51 PM

Hello,

We will be in Switzerland from July 29th to Aug 4th and plan to cover Golden Pass from Montreaux to Interlaken and then stay 3 nights in Interlaken and 3 nights in Lucern. In Interlaken we are planning to do Jungfrau, , cruise on Lake Thun and day trip to Bern. In Lucern we will go to Mt. Titlis, Basel and then visit various attractions in Lucern. I did the calculation for Point to Point ticket as well as 8 day Travel Pass vs. Half Fare Card. I also referred to the spreadsheet in the forum. According to my calculation Half Fare card is proving to be MORE ECONOMICAL / CHEAPER. Am I missing anything or doing some calculation incorrectly ? I am attaching my spreadsheet with calculation.

Can you confirm that Half Fare Card is the best option for my itinerary.

Thanks

Kris

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rockoyster
rockoyster
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May 9, 2018 - 10:31 PM in reply to khetank

Looks about right based on your itinerary.

Lucas
Lucas
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May 10, 2018 - 1:49 AM in reply to khetank

It can definitely be the case that the Swiss Half Fare Card is the best option for your itinerary - one of the rail passes has to be. :)

khetank
khetank
19 posts
new member
May 10, 2018 - 2:09 AM

Thanks Lucas and rockoyster.

I will wait a little while to see if any promotion comes up for Swiss Pass before I buy it. Any idea how early I can buy the train tickets if I go for half fare card ? I think I was checking for July 30 and it says that "Your date of travel is not within the advance booking period".

Thanks

Kris

Lucas
Lucas
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May 10, 2018 - 2:32 AM in reply to khetank

If your train doesn't require reservations (only panoramic trains require them) then you can buy tickets online when you like (www.myswissalps.com/tr aintickets/switzerland halffare/price) or at the station before boarding the train.

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khetank
khetank
19 posts
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May 10, 2018 - 2:39 AM in reply to Lucas

Lucas,

i have already bought reservation for Golden pass train for July 29 @3.44 pm from Montreaux to Interlaken. Do i still have to buy train ticket in advance or can i buy it the same day if i have Half Fare card already bought ??

Lucas
Lucas
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May 10, 2018 - 2:44 AM in reply to khetank

Same day purchase is fine if you already have the reservation. Tickets don't sell out - only seat reservations.

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