Rail passes for June visit to Wengen from Zurich

Rail passes for June visit to Wengen from Zurich

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juliasanders
juliasanders
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Feb 8, 2018 - 8:25 AM

Im coming to stay in Wengen with my husband in June arriving at Zurich Airport. Im confused at conflicting advise re what passes to purchase that best covers the journey to get there and mountain stuff whilst there. We want return travel from Zurich to Wenger but hope you use mountain cable car and mountain trains up around Wenger. We intend to hike a fair amount so won't rely solely on transport. I will be researching whether funicular cable or train rides are available on the hiking routes we want to follow but just wanted any advice if out there? The half fare card has been recommended! Help greatly appreciated?

Julia :)

Lucas
Lucas
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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.

Cheers!

Last modified on Feb 8, 2018 - 10:04 AM by Lucas
juliasanders
juliasanders
4 posts
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Feb 9, 2018 - 7:15 AM in reply to Lucas

Thank you for your help. Can you tell me if the Half fair Card can be used for Zurich to Wengen & return?

Julia :)

rockoyster
rockoyster
3694 posts
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Feb 9, 2018 - 8:44 AM in reply to juliasanders

Hello Julia,

Yes.

Have you had a look at the Area of Validity map ( PDF downloadable from www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass/validity).

It applies equally to the Swiss Half-fare Card apart from the fact everything is 50% - off even for the bits that are free if you have a Swiss Travel Pass.

Last modified on Feb 9, 2018 - 8:44 AM by rockoyster
Arno
Arno
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Feb 9, 2018 - 12:11 PM

You can indeed find the same map at the Swiss Half Fare Card page as well: www.myswissalps.com/sw isshalffarecard/validi ty

juliasanders
juliasanders
4 posts
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Feb 9, 2018 - 4:53 PM in reply to Arno

Thank you🙂

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