Hello. This is my first post. Me and my friend will be going to Switzerland in July for about 3 weeks. We are planning to do the Haute Route and then climb some 4000ers.
We are trying to find the best options financial and time wise. I've been checking the sbb.ch website for train tickets. However some of the routes that require changes appear as not able to be booked for the entire route.
As we have a lot of equipment, we will have 2 flight to Geneva. ( We were also thinking to leave a part in Chamonix, but the train from Zermatt to Chamonix seems to require 3 changes and about 5 hours)
Below is our itinerary. And after, some questions I hope you will be able to help me with.
- We leave for trekking from Chamonix and end in Zermatt.
1st train: Zermatt - Geneva Airport ( 100chf full price)
- We will return 3 days later for our climbing.
2nd train: Geneva - Zermatt - Geneva ( 200chf full price/ 141chf with Swiss Transfer Ticket)
- We are heading to Monch and Jungfrau, so will have to use Gornegrat railway
3rd train: Zermatt - Rotenboden - Zermatt ( 80chf full price)
- We will return to Zermatt, and take the train towards Dufourspitze
4th train: Zermatt - Jungfraujoch - Zermatt (183.2chf - sbb.ch 204chf from jungfrau.ch)
1.Judging from what I've read, a Half Fare Card for 1 month ( 120chf) would be the most appropriate. Is that right?
2.If we were to purchase the card, are the mountain railways we choose included in the half price fare? ( according to sbb.ch they should be, but some websites mentioned that they are not, so I am bit confused here)
3.Is it advisable to buy the train tickets in advance, or get them at the train station? And if we miss the train, can we use the ticket for a later one?
I apologies if this is too much information. We have a lot to plan and I always like to have everything ready in advance. Thank you.