Jun 7, 2015 - 4:45 PM
>My first question is whether the Swiss transfer ticket combi includes the cost of the Swiss half fare card or do I need to buy it on top of the price of the transfer ticket combi?<
The Half Fare Card is a 60 CHF add-on to the Transfer Ticket. So STT Combi is 154 CHF + 60 CHF = 214 CHF in second class. In your case, the HFC alone is a slightly better price. HFC costs 120 CHF, then tickets Geneva to Wengen (43 CHF) and Wengen to Domodossola (35 CHF) totals 198 CHF with your 50% fare reduction.
>We are planning on doing quite a bit of walking when we are in Wengen, and so I am not sure whether we will need to allow for any train or other travel costs while there. Sorry that I am so vague,but it's a little hard to envisage what we might need.<
You will definitely make use of much high mountain transport on a walking holiday in the Wengen area. Therefore a travel pass is a must to reduce the expense. We like the Half Fare Card the best and this seems to work well for the rest of your travel
There is no need to buy any tickets in advance. In fact, there are good reasons not to do so! If you buy in advance you are restricted to a certain train/date/time. If you walk up and buy on the spot you can take whatever trains(s) you want, including the ability to hop on and off at stops along the way should you wish. There is no price advantage to buying in advance. Ticket prices are fixed for the year in December. Occaisionally there are SuperSaver fares that come up for sale 2 weeks prior. However, there will not be any such offers in prime touring season to the most popular destinations!
You can buy your HFCs when you arrive in Geneva or through links on this site which does a good job of comparing the various different offers and prices. See www.myswissalps.com/sw isshalffarecard for HFC, for example.
For much more information on the region, here is a link to a document I have written based on my 18 trips there. www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/tips-about-wengen-and-the-jungfrau-region-by-kim
Come back if you have further questions