Best rail tickets for 8 days Wengen from Zurich

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Apr 3, 2018 - 11:50 PM

Here is my tentative itinerary. Been to Switzerland 4 times and to Wengen twice already. Wengen is our base of operations.

Look over my use of rail, lifts, boats etc. and advise me what is best way to purchase travel.

Do I buy round trip ticket form Zurich to Wengen and the buy the Regional 8 day pass or do I buy 6 day pass and pay for individual ticket up to Kleine Scheidegg on 26 May.

There are three of us. One is my son who is 16. The rest of us are over 50

Or do I buy swiss rail pass?

Or half fare card?

So many choices. Which is the best deal?

How do I get the most for my money ?

Some of the tickets give discount on the Jungfraujoch leg, some don’t. if you buy some tickets, you get discounted Regional pass. Some give you boat and gondola travel as part of the package. Hard to figure all out.

25 MAY Dep Boston, Flying to Zurich.

26 MAY Arr Zurich

Train to Wengen, arrive mid day

Take train from Wengen up to Kleine Scheidegg

Train to Jungfraujoch and back

Train back to Wengen from Kleine Scheidegg

27 MAY

train from Wengen to Interlaken, boat to Thun and return to Wengen in reverse

28 May

Train from Wengen to Lauterbrunnen, gondola to train to to Murren

Gondola to Schilthorn

Train from Murren to gondola and then train from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen

29 MAY

Train from Wengen to Grindewald


Train from Grindewald to Wengen

Gondola from Wengen up to Mannlichen

30 MAY

Train from Wengen to Wilderswill Railway Station

Cog railway from Wilderswill Railway Station to Schynige Platte

Return to Wilderswill

Train from Wilderswill to Wengen

31 MAY

Train Wengen to Bern

Train Bern to Wengen


Train Wengen to Luzerne

Train Luzerne to Wengen


Train from Wengen to Zurich

Train from airport hotel to downtown

3 JUN shuttle to airport

DEP Zurich

What is best way to do this

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Apr 4, 2018 - 2:55 AM

Hi huntgrouse and Welcome to MySwissAlps.

The official answer is that there is no escape from doing the sums. Based on your itinerary you need to do the sums based on the cost of all your planned trips on trains, boats, cable cars etc. You can use the Swiss Train Timetable ( metable) to work out the fares for any trip. When you go to buy a ticket the fare you see on the right hand side of the page will normally be the half-fare price. Double it to get full fare. With A Swiss Travel Pass it is free provided it is shown as free on the Area of Validity map ( PDF downloadable from isstravelpass/validity).

You should read “How to choose the best travel pass” ( ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass), download the handy spreadsheet calculator and do the math.

My unofficial, gut feeling is that the Bernese Oberland Pass ( gionalpassberneseoberl and) or the Jungfrau Travel Pass ( ngfrautravelpass) would suit your itinerary. You would need point to point tickets to get from Zurich and back.

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