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 Dec 28, 2014 - 4:35 PM by Arno