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Jul 26, 2015 - 9:02 AM

Hi all,

I am visiting Switzerland next month with my partner. We are both 23 years old. Over 3 days, we will be travelling from Geneva airport to Interlaken, going to the Schilthorn and going to the Jungfraujoch. Please could you advise which train pass would be best? I was going to get a 3 day Swiss card but have then read that Swiss half fare cards offer better discounts on the 2 mountain excursions. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Jul 26, 2015 - 2:09 PM

Hello ljacbos, thank you for joining MySwissAlps.com!

I'm not quite sure which pass you're referring to with a '3 day Swiss Card'. There used to be a Swiss Card, and it offered the exact same discounts on the Jungfraujoch and Schilthorn as the Swiss Half Fare Card, but that one no longer exists. Maybe you're referring to a 3 day Swiss Travel Pass instead? The main differences with the Swiss Half Fare Card for your mountain trips are:

  • that for the Jungfraujoch trip, the Swiss Travel Pass grants free traveling up to Wengen/Grindelwald, and a 25% discount on the remaining part to the, whereas the Swiss Half Fare Card gives 50% off for the entire route
  • that for the Schilthorn trip, the Swiss Travel Pass allows free traveling as far as Muerren and 50% discount for the remaining part, whereas the Swiss Half Fare Card again gives 50% off the entire trip.

Please check the Swiss Travel Pass validity page and the Swiss Half Fare Card validity page for details.

Which pass suits your plans best, depends on a number of factors. If you want to have the freedom to explore larger areas, or to make scenic train or boat journeys as a back-up plan in case weather is too bad to get up to the Schilthorn and Jungfraujoch, a 3 day Swiss Travel Pass would be very convenient. Another advantage is that you don't have to buy additional discounted tickets for regular train and boat trips. If you're sure you want to focus on the Jungfrau region, and if you'll mainly be making shorter tips once you're there, a Swiss Half Fare Card is a good solution. You can calculate which pass is most economical following this guide.

I hope this helps you decide!

Last modified on Jan 27, 2020 - 11:19 AM by Arno
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new member
Jul 26, 2015 - 7:43 PM in reply to Annika

Thank you very much for your advice. I have decided to go for the 3 day pass. Can't wait!


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