Oct 27, 2010 - 4:15 PM
Hi yinfun! Your travel costs can be calculated with the online timetable. Please read our rail FAQ for more information. The costs for some of the trips you mention are as follows (per person and in 2nd class);
Zurich Airport - Zug: CHF 19.00
Zug - Zurich: CHF 13.80
Zug - Domodossola (this is the town at the Italian-Swiss border, up to which a Swiss rail pa is valid)- Zug: CHF 188
Zug - Basel - Zug: CHF 80.00
Zug - Lucerne - Zug: CHF 21.60
Zug - Zurich Airport: CHF 19.00
This makes a total of CHF 314.40, which means that you're porbably best off with a Swiss Half Fare Card. This costs CHF 99.00 and grants a 50% discount on nearly all trips in Switzerland, which means that you'd spend CHF 269.70 (including the purchase costs of CHF 99.00) and save about CHF 44.00.
A Swiss Pass, on the other hand, offers great ease of use. All train trips that you mention are for free with a Swiss Pass, so you wouldn't have to buy discounted tickets for each journey, but you could simply get on board showing your Swiss Pass. A 15 day Swiss Pass (which would be required to cover your entire stay in Switzerland) would be a lot more expensive though, and I can't calculate how much your other plans (such as travelling around the towns you've listed) will cost. If these trips would all together add up to a high amount, it may be cost effective to use a Swiss Pass instead of a Swiss Half Fare Card.
I hope this clears things up a bit. Good luck on deciding, and feel free to post further quesions here as well.
Last modified on Jan 27, 2020 - 11:19 AM by Arno