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Nov 13, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Hi Friends,

I am planning to travel on weekend 23-24. From Bern to Mount Pilatus (Saturday 23) and Saturday Lautebrunen, Murren, Gstaad and back to Bern..

Suggestions requested for opting any pass or should buy direct tickets..In case I buy Half Price ticket will it be useful in Mount Pilatus ticket also?

I am also planning to Go around Bern on daily to and fro Journey.. for the same week..

Thank you in advance


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Nov 13, 2019 - 8:37 PM in reply to ronakira

Hello Ronak,

Lautebrunen, Murren, Gstaad and back to Bern” is an ”interesting” plan. Have you checked the timetables for that? You will be up for 7 - 8 hours non-stop transport let alone time to look at anything. I would drop Gstaad and just spend you time in the Jungfrau Region. There is more than enough to see and do there.

Pilatus is indeed discounted 50% with the Swiss Half-fare Card. The cog-wheel railway from Alpnachstad won’t be running but you can take the cableway from Kriens.

Based on your personal itinerary you should read “How to choose the best travel pass” (www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass), download the handy spreadsheet calculator and do the math. The spreadsheet also includes links to the “Where it's valid" page for all available passes. Be sure to check those pages for each pass you are considering. Study the map AND read all the text on those pages to fully understand what is covered by the respective pass.

By far the best way to check timetables, find fares* and buy tickets on-line if required is using the SBB Mobile app (bit.ly/2ICIUHi). In the unlikely event you don’t have a device capable of running the app then you can use the timetable on the SBB website (bit.ly/2HH1U7B). If you are not familiar with using the timetable it will pay to first read the instructions at www.myswissalps.com/ti metable.

* The SBB website shows half-fare prices by default, the mobile app allows you to nominate whether to show full or half-fares (by editing the passenger details in settings) and is also smart enough to offer you the Saver Day Pass (www.myswissalps.com/sa verdaypass) if that offers the best fare. The app also show a platform map (at least at the larger stations) to help you make connections.

Are you staying in a hotel at Bern. They should provide you with a travel card which covers city transport.

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Nov 13, 2019 - 8:50 PM in reply to ronakira

Hi Ronak,

You'll find a useful guide with a calculation spreadsheet, which helps you to choose your rail pass in 5 steps at www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass. The downloadable spreadsheet also includes links to the “Where it's valid" page for all available passes, be sure to study it carefully.

Here is the validity map of the Swiss Half Fare Card: www.myswissalps.com/sw isshalffarecard/validi ty. Cableway/train from Kriens or Alpnachstad to Pilatus: 50% off with the Swiss Half Fare Card.

Have a look at the Supersaver tickets (www.myswissalps.com/tr aintickets/switzerland) and the Saver Day Pass (www.myswissalps.com/sa verdaypass) too, make sure to check the differences in the validity. (for example Saver Day Pass does not give discount on mountain trips, while Swiss Half Fare Card does).

If you are staying in Bern, you'll get the Bern Ticket, so you can travel for free within the city: www.myswissalps.com/be rn/travel.

Some more useful pages for your trip:

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