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Scwolbarst
Scwolbarst
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Jun 6, 2013 - 9:48 AM
My wife and I will be flying into Geneva and immediately traveling by train to Lausanne for one night. Then onto Murren for two, followed by Luzern for another two. We fly out of Zurich early so we will have to stay near the airport for another night. Question is is it better to buy the 4 day Swiss Pass or the Half Price Pass? I know you have to do the math and on the train to the main train stations it looks pretty even. But the cable rides and little transfer trains I think tip it to the Swiss Pass. Also that seems more convenient since you just get on an go. I know I will have to pay full price to Lausanne and Zurich. It can be confusing which way is most economical.

Any thought would be appreciated.

Steve
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Annika
Annika
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Jun 7, 2013 - 3:57 AM

Hi Steve! You're right, only exact calculations will tell which pass is most economical. For example, I don't know about your plans in Mürren and Luzern. Details such as whether or not you plan to make a boat trip, or get up to the Jungfraujoch, may make the difference. If you're not entirely sure what day trips you'll be making, other criteria should help you decide. A 4 day Swiss Saver Pass offers maximum flexibility during its validity: you can get wherever you want and you'll only have to buy additional discounted tickets for mountain transportation. Additionally, Geneva-Lausanne costs CHF 21.80 per person and Luzern-Zurich Airport CHF 28.00.

The Swiss Half Fare Card allows you to buy 50% discounted tickets for all trips. That's an easy concept that appeals to some travelers, but not to all, as you have to buy a ticket for each trip. Making a detour or change the route while traveling isn't possible.

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Scwolbarst
Scwolbarst
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Jun 7, 2013 - 8:26 AM
Thank you. Yes, I will be using the cable cars while in Murren and also take a boat ride while in Luzern. I was planning to buy my train tickets and passes at the train station. Save the delivery costs. Good idea? I am leaning toward the 4 day Swiss Pass.

Steve
Arno
Arno
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Jun 7, 2013 - 1:55 PM
Hi Steve,

You'd best check the price on the pages Annika gave you. Delivery costs do not apply in all cases, and due to exchange rates and promotions you can save money by either buying online or in Switzerland. It depends on several factors. You can find the best option by selecting your country, pass and number of travelers on those pages.

Enjoy your stay!

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