Jan 21, 2016 - 7:43 PM
Hi Lynn, welcome to MySwissAlps!
If you plan to travel quite intensively in the Lake Lucerne region on 4 all days of your stay, then yes, it makes sense to buy an additional 2 day Tell Pass. It's a very easy and flexible way of traveling, as it allows you to hop on and off trains, buses, boats and cable cars whenever and wherever you like, without having to buy additional tickets.
In this scenario, you will have to get regular tickets for Basel-Lucerne and back (CHF 33,- per person and single journey) on your arrival and departure days. You may try if the SBB issues supersaver tickets for this route and for March 23 and 28. If so, you'll save some money. Do mind that supersaver tickets require you to travel in specific trains, so you can't miss out on your train in that case.
Another option would be to get Swiss Half Fare Cards. They'll provide a 50% discount on all trips. As it's valid during one month, it will get you discounted trips between Basel and Lucerne and discounts for the remaining 2 days of your stay, not covered by your hotel's Tell Pass. You'll have to buy tickets for each trip, so it's less flexible then getting an additional Tell Pass.
If you want to make absolutely sure which pass option is most economical, you should first finalize your plans and include all details you can think of, and then make calculations as explained here.
Last modified on Jan 21, 2016 - 7:44 PM by Annika