Mar 26, 2023 - 6:19 PM
Thank you for your kind words for our website!
In answer to your questions:
1. If most of your travel will be mainly in the Bernese Oberland, for sure it makes sense to purchase the Berner Oberland Pass. The Swiss Half Fare Card, would be sensible add-on, if you intend to make a few trips outside the Berner Oberland Pass validity area, as the regular fare tickets can get expensive. More details here: https://www.myswissalps.com/swisshalffarecard
Did you use our 'How to choose a rail pass' calculation sheet? This is the best way to make sure. https://www.myswissalps.com/train/ticketspasses/practical/chooserailpass
2. Correct, if you have purchased the Berner Oberland Pass - the travel to Wengen via Lucerne, would require you to purchase a ticket from Zurich to Lucerne. You can actually travel to Wengen via Bern too. This route is quicker, naturally, via this route, you would need a ticket for Zurich to Bern. Do use the timetable link to plan your route: https://www.myswissalps.com/timetable and here is the Berner Oberland Pass coverage map: https://www.myswissalps.com/regionalpassberneseoberland/validity
3. For most travel within the Berner Oberland Pass area, no additional tickets are required. You simply show your pass when requested. https://www.myswissalps.com/regionalpassberneseoberland/howtouse. There are just a few exceptions for which you need additional discounted tickets.
Yes, correct, you would need to purchase a ticket for the journeys outside of the Berner Oberland Pass area. This would need to be prior to boarding your train. (Failure to do so can result in a fine, if asked by an inspector).
4. Theft is uncommon but it does occur. Better to be safe and just keep an eye on your luggage whilst on the train.
I hope all is clarified, feel free to reach out if there are further questions.
Last modified on Mar 27, 2023 - 10:10 AM by Arno