Travelling around Graubuenden

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Aug 9, 2010 - 1:56 AM
We arrive at Zurich airport and then we are planning to stay in Arosa for a week and make some trips around Graubunden. Which railway Pass would be the best option for us taking in account that we have to start our trip from Zurich.
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Aug 9, 2010 - 2:50 PM
Hello Anita! Which type of pass is best for you, depends on your travel plans. You mention that you'd like to make trips around Graubünden. This is a fairly large region, so it's important to consider whether you'll be making short or long day trips. You could consider these options:
  • a Swiss Half Fare Card, granting a 50% reduction on most trips in Switzerland. Your return trip from Zurich Airport to Arosa will be covered as well. The Swiss Half Fare Card often turns out to be an economical solution in case of a relatively short stay in Switzerland with trips of short or moderate length. Passes granting a free return trip between you arrival station (Zurich Airport) and destination (Arosa), such as the Swiss Card, would turn out to be more expensive than the Swiss Half Fare Card;
  • an 8 day Swiss Saver Pass may be worth your money if you plan on making rather long and expensive trips throughout Graubünden. A Swiss Saver Flexi Pass would be a good option if you want to make a few longer trips, and short trips in between. The pass is valid between the first and last day of free travel, so your trip from and to Zurich Airport should be used for free travel days;
  • you may also consider a GraubündenPASS, which can be adapted to your plans. It's available in a variant that's valid during 7 days and offers 3 free travel days within this week. You could use these days for your longest and most expensive trips. No discount applies on the remaining days, so you'd have to pay full fares then. An advantage is that you can choose from either a pass covering 1 zone (in your case the region around Arosa, being zone 4 on the map to which you'll find a link on the GraubündenPASS page) or the entire canton of Graubünden. So for shorter trips you could pick the cheaper one with a smaller area of validity, and for longer trips the pass for the whole of Graubünden could come in handy. The trip to and from Zurich Airport won't be covered by this regional pass.

I know that this isn't a definitive answer, but calculations would have to be made to be sure of your decision. If you have in mind which trips you'll be making, you could give it a try following the instructions in our rail FAQ. I still hopes this helps a bit!
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