Travel pass or no travel pass with a car?

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Jun 26, 2017 - 8:48 PM


We're driving through Switzerland and cannot decide whether it would be worth buying a travel pass or half fare card or just pay full price. We're a family of 4 (2 adults, and 2 kids aged 5 & 8). We'll have 6 or 7 days in Switzerland (not consecutive) and will be visiting the Meiringen, Bettmeralp, and Gryon areas. As we have our own transport, we're not likely to be using the trains or buses, just the cable cars, gondolas, etc.

Any advice would be welcome.


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Jun 27, 2017 - 9:48 AM

Welcome back Debflint, I'm glad to see you planning another trip to Switzerland!

Full tickets for cable cars and boats (Lake Brienz!) add up quickly. For a week in Switzerland I assume a pass to be a good investment, unless you are sure you will only do 1 or 2 of such trips. Most drivers pick the Swiss Half Fare Card: swisshalffarecard. Check the map for what's discounted with this card. An occasional train trip will be discounted too, e.g. to travel back to your point of origin after a boat trip.

While ordering two cards for the adults you can request for a free Swiss Family Card to get the 8-year old free traveling (the 5-year old goes free anyway). So that's an additional benefit. From the UK, the cards can be printed at home through www.swisstravelsystem.

To be absolutely sure you can do the math as explained here.

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Jun 29, 2017 - 7:42 PM in reply to Arno

Great thank you.

Our first trip to Switzerland a few years ago was so amazing, it has inspired us to head for the alps for all of our summer holidays since. This is the first year we'll be driving to the mountains though.

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