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Jun 26, 2015 - 3:13 AM

Hi, I'm planning a 10 day trip to Switzerland and trying to determine whether I should get a Swiss Travel Pass or a Half Price Card. I'm arriving in Geneva on 11 July, and plan to take day trips to Lausanne and Montreux. On either 14 or 15 July, I plan to take the Glacier Express to Chur, and then spend some time in two small villages in the region. On 17 July, I travel from Chur to Lenzburg, where I expect to take small day trips. Finally, I head to Zurich to catch a flight on 20 July. When I priced out the main train tickets, it came to about 320CHF and it seemed that the Half Fare Card would be a better deal, because I otherwise need to get an 8 day Flex or even a 15 day consecutive(!). Am i thinking about this correctly? I didn't factor in the costs of buses, but figure they are pretty negligible.

One more question - can someone recommend whether the belle epoque steamers are worth the trip on Lake Geneva?

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Jun 26, 2015 - 10:09 AM

Hi debg13, and thank you for joining MySwissAlps!

Looking at the main trips only, a Swiss Half Fare Card would indeed be the cheapest option. But it also depends on the further day trips you intend to make. For example: a boat trip over Lake Geneva can be pretty expensive, and it would be entirely covered by a Swiss Travel Pass. Such additional trips could change the outcome. Note that you don't necessarily need 15 day Swiss Travel Pass. An 8 day variant with additional tickets for July 11 and July 20 (the trip Lenzburg-Zurich is short and inexpensive) might work as well.

You could make calculations based on as many details as possible (inluciding additional day trips and urban transportation) as explained here, in order to compare the options, and also consider convenience (buying 50% discounted ticket for all trips versus free traveling).

I hope this helps you decide!


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