Feb 8, 2018 - 10:01 AM
in reply to juliasanders
Hi Julia and welcome to MySwissAlps!
Yes, there are a lot of rail passes for you to choose from!
The Swiss Half Fare Card is fairly simple - 50% off all trips (trains, boats, gondolas etc.). It is the cheapest option typically but you always have to buy tickets for each trip.
Other passes like the Swiss Travel Pass means most of the time you just hop on and go (no extra tickets required). It covers most of Switzerland and may be overkill if you spend all your time around Wengen (the Jungfrau Region). It also doesn't cover all mountain transport options, so you'll still often have to buy extra tickets (with a discount though as a Swiss Travel Pass holder).
Be sure to click the "where it's valid" tab for each rail pass web page I link to here to see a list of mountains that are covered fully or just partially (if fully covered (free) there is no need to buy an extra ticket) as well as a PDF map to help visualize the area you can use it in.
Other options include the Jungfrau Travel Pass (for just the Jungfrau Region) or the Regional Pass - Bernese Oberland which covers a bigger area than just the Jungfrau region. Neither will cover the whole trip from Zurich airport to Wengen (whereas the Swiss Travel Pass will). You would buy a ticket from Zurich airport to wherever the coverage begins on the rail pass you buy for example.
In the end, you'll need to plan out all your trips you plan to make and compare prices and passes. We have a page on how to choose the best rail pass here. With a handy spreadsheet to help with the math.
Another note, passes are valid for different amount of days. How long are you here for? Some can be bought for 3 days and others up to 30.
Last modified on Feb 8, 2018 - 10:04 AM by Lucas