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Jun 29, 2014 - 12:43 PM

There are two of us travelling, under 26 years old. We are a bit bamboozled by the amount of info for Swiss passes. I tried to do a layout of all the costs but maybe an experienced traveller would be able to help just by looking at our itinerary

Day 1 Friedrichshaven to Zurich

Day 1 Zurich to Luzern 24 CHF

Day 3 Luzern to Interlaken 31 CHF

Day 4 Interlaken to Gimmelwald (read that round trip is 32 CHF)

Day5 possibly Jungfraujoch

Day 6 Gimmelwald to Interlaken

Day 7 Interlaken to Venice

Anyone have any ideas? Accomodation is already booked but besides that we haven't booked anything ahead.

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expert &
Jun 29, 2014 - 1:27 PM

Hi herewecome,

Yes, there's a lot to choose from. I think you can narrow it down to two passes to consider:

  • Swiss Half Fare Card: 50% off tickets for all the traveling;
  • Swiss Youth Pass: free traveling (no tickets required), and discounts on mountain transport (Jungfraujoch 25%, most others 50%).

See the links for all pass details. Now, the only way to pick the pass that results in the lowest overall travel costs is to create a list of all your transfers and day trips and compare prices as explained here. Don't forget the extra's of the Swiss Youth Pass: the Rigi near Luzern is free, and so are the boats from Interlaken you may want to use (there's not a lot of sightseeing to do in the city, but a whole lot in the surrounding region). Also you get free urban transport, museum entrance, and even some cable cars are free, like the one to Gimmelwald.

Does this help?

Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 12:53 PM by Arno
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expert &
Jul 7, 2014 - 10:14 AM

Hi there,

Were you able to pick a pass? If not, just let us know your doubts, or if anything is missing on the pages Arno referred to.

Last modified on Jul 7, 2014 - 10:15 AM by Annika


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