Train pass for the Interlaken area

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bsheff
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Jan 25, 2018 - 3:35 AM

Trying to plan a two week trip to Europe and have a few questions regarding rail tickets and what passes to get. I'll apologize for the long post ahead of time.

Here's our itinerary:

London (2 nights) > Paris (2 nights) > Lucerne (2 nights) > Grindelwald [via Interlaken] (3 nights) > Mittenwald [via Garmisch-Partenkirchen] (3 nights) > Salzburg (2 nights)

Pretty sure we've settled on the Eurail Select Pass; specifically either 5 or 6 days over 2 months option. Almost certain Eurail pass will cover London to Paris, Paris to Lucerne and Lucerne to Interlaken. Where I get hung up at is what specific pass to get once we get to Interlaken.

We are likely staying in Grindelwald and I know that connection isn't included in Eurail Select Pass. I know I have a few options and just don't know which one is the best:

- Swiss Travel Pass (270 CHF)

- Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland (CHF 250 for 4 days)

- Jungfrau Travel Pass (CHF 206)

From what I can tell, all three passes will cover travel around Grindelwald, Wengen, Lauterbrunnen and Murren. I am just confused on which one would be best option. I know that Swiss Travel Pass covers more and the Jungfrau Pass covers the least. Prices are that big of difference and didn't know which one to go with. Since I already have the Eurail Pass to cover most of Switzerland journey. I'm guessing that I'm probably okay going with cheapest option - the Jungfrau Travel Pass - but wanted to make sure.

Also, I see there's a discount for these Regional & Jungfrau Passes if you have the Swiss Travel Pass. What about with a Eurail Pass? And do these need to be bought beforehand or can I just purchase once I get to Interlaken?

Plan after Interlaken is to take LONG trip to Garmisch-Partenkirche with Eurail Pass and then buy separate ticket to Mittenwald. Then go from there to Salzburg and use Eurail day again.

So, I got on here mainly to get suggestions on what pass to get in Interlaken and to also make sure this itinerary looks okay to use Eurail Pass.

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks again.

rockoyster
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Jan 25, 2018 - 5:36 AM in reply to bsheff

Hi bsheff and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

I'd say you have reached the right conclusion. The only thing not covered by the Jungfrau Pass but covered fully or partially with the other regional passes is Schiltorn.

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Jan 25, 2018 - 8:40 AM in reply to bsheff

>> Mittenwald [via Garmisch-Partenkirchen] (3 nights)

What are you planning to do in Mittenwald for 3 nights? It is a beautiful village, but very small, and could be seen in half a day.

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Lucas
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Jan 25, 2018 - 8:49 AM in reply to bsheff

When are you traveling?

I'd say the Jungfrau Travel Pass is a good one for you as well. Be sure to check out the validity map / page here to see what is covered.

Also, there is a validity page for the Eurail Select Pass here.

bsheff
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Jan 25, 2018 - 2:20 PM in reply to Removed user

Not set in stone concerning Mittenwald, but would like a more relaxing spot than super touristy. Could also do Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It'll be early June so that'll be peak season either way, but just looking for somewhere in a smaller village that's still easily accessible and a good starting point for other day trips. Plan on probably hiking, heading to Neuschwanstein and/or possibly day trip to Dachau. I've stayed in Munich before and would just prefer somewhere a little quieter.

bsheff
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Jan 25, 2018 - 2:25 PM in reply to Lucas

Thanks rockoyster & Lucas. I've definitely looked at those maps, but have just been a little overwhelmed by them. Figured I was looking at them right, but coming from someone in the US that doesn't use public transportation/trains very often, I wasn't 100 percent certain. I've downloaded both the SBB Mobile & Eurail Planner app and have messed with those timetables a little, but didn't know if there was any option in there to see what passes worked with what trips. As far as I could tell, validity maps you provided were only way to get a good feel of what pass was expected where. Just don't want to be that American that gets on wrong train without proper pass.

Arno
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Jan 25, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Hi there,

Today I discovered that the Jungfrau Travel Pass does offer a discount on the Schilthorn cable car: 25% off, so no additional advantage if you have a Eurail pass too. The map and further details on www.myswissalps.com/ju ngfrautravelpass/valid ity have been updated.

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Jan 26, 2018 - 6:04 AM in reply to bsheff

>> Could also do Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

I might be mistaken, but I seem to remember that the centre of Garmisch-Partenkirchen is up a steep hill from the station. There is probably a bus though.

Mittenwald is surrounded by majestic mountains, but is flat within the village, and the station is only a few minutes walk from the main street.

>> Plan on probably hiking, heading to Neuschwanstein and/or possibly day trip to Dachau.

The following Deutsche Bahn network diagram for Bayern (Bavaria) might come in handy. Getting to Füssen (to connect with the bus to Neuschwanstein Castle) is not straightforward by rail from Mittenwald, but there is a bus from Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Here is a link to the Deutsche Bahn timetable, for checking travel times and means of transport from Mittenwald to the places you want to go to. (You might already be using this.)

reiseauskunft.bahn.de/ /bin/query2.exe/en?rt=1

Alpenrose

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bsheff
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Jan 27, 2018 - 10:51 PM

Any clue what time the routes around Interlaken start (Jungfrau Travel Pass)?

rockoyster
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Jan 27, 2018 - 10:57 PM in reply to bsheff

Do you mean what time do the trains start running? Use the Swiss Train Timetable (www.myswissalps.com/ti metable) to find out. If you haven’t used it before it will pay to read the instructions on that page before delving into the timetable.

bsheff
bsheff
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Jan 28, 2018 - 12:18 AM in reply to rockoyster

Perfect. That's exactly what I was looking for. Basically was trying to figure out earliest morning train out of Grindelwald to Interlaken OST. I'd then jump on train out of Interlaken and continue Europe trip. I'll give those timetables a look over. Thanks.

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