Best Swiss rail pass to/around Wengen

Best Swiss rail pass to/around Wengen

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Peter arndt2
Peter arndt2
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May 25, 2018 - 1:54 PM

Hello,

My Fiancee and I will be travel from Basel Airport to Wengen at the end of June. I have a few questions.

1.What is the most efficient train pass?

2.Will we need reservations at that time of year?

3.Is the Swiss Pass enough to travel around Wengen, Murren, and Grindlewald or will we need additional tickets?

Thanks in advance.

Cheers,

Peter

Lucas
Lucas
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May 25, 2018 - 4:23 PM in reply to Peter arndt2

Hi Peter and welcome to MySwissAlps!

  1. To know which pass is the best for your specific itinerary you need to plan out all trips you will make (train, bus, boat, cable car) and compare the prices for regular tickets to the rail pass price (and which routes/mountains are free or discounted). Once you have that information you can read our page here on how to choose the best rail pass. There is a spreadsheet there to help with the math. :)
  2. Most Swiss trains do not accept reservations. You won't need them
  3. Check where the Swiss Travel Pass is valid here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/swisstravelpass/ validity
Last modified on May 26, 2018 - 9:24 AM by Arno
WendyLR
WendyLR
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May 25, 2018 - 4:51 PM in reply to Peter arndt2

look at the regional rail pass for Bernese-Oberland. It is valid from Bern or Lucern. Its great for the area, but you would have to get a ticket from Basel to one of the above. I just returned from the area and it was so easy to just be able to get about.

read details on what it does and does not cover in detail, but if you area staying in that area, i think it has better coverage locally than the Swiss Travel Pass.

Gunzel
Gunzel
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May 25, 2018 - 8:26 PM

I agree about the Bernese Oberland pass. I used one in 2015 and made many different trips, sometimes on trains buses and boats not so often used by international tourists.

An example is the bus from Brienz to Axalp. It can easily be combined with a boat trip on the Brienzersee.

You could consider a regular ticket to either Bern or Luzern to start using the pass. Your return to Basel could be on the other route.

You'll definitely need an extra ticket to get ride the Jungfrau line but all other travel should be covered.

I feel it's better to focus on a region if only in Switzerland for a short time rather than an exhausting itinerary that tries to do too much.

Enjoy your travels

Peter arndt2
Peter arndt2
3 posts
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May 27, 2018 - 4:37 PM

Thank you all the helpful information! Do you know if the Bernesse-Oberland Rail Pass will cover our travel from the Basel Airport to Wengen or would we need an additional ticket?

Gunzel
Gunzel
73 posts
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May 27, 2018 - 6:51 PM

You would need an additional ticket to Bern.

Easily obtained online before you leave home.

I'm sure others, like me, will look forward to hearing of your travel experiences.

Lucas
Lucas
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May 27, 2018 - 7:59 PM in reply to Peter arndt2

Hi Peter,

You can see a map of the coverage area of the Regional Pass Bernese Oberland here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/regionalpassbern eseoberland/validity

Peter arndt2
Peter arndt2
3 posts
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May 28, 2018 - 2:37 PM

Thank you for all your help. I will keep you posted on our travels!

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