Which rail pass to use in B/O and getting to Rome?

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zzawahir
zzawahir
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Jun 27, 2017 - 7:32 AM

Hello,

Visiting from the United States. I am planning to visit the Bernese Oberland region for 4 days, 3 nights, ending in Rome and am unable to decide if I should get the regional BO pass, the Swiss Half Fare card, or a completely different pass.

1. I plan to visit Jungfraujoch, and take the Mannlichen-Grindelwald gondola. Also would like to travel from Grindelwald, where I am staying, to see Trummelbach Falls and also visit Wengen.

2. I will be traveling to Grindelwald from Zurich, and back to Zurich to leave Switzerland.

3. I am traveling in the week of July 4 to July 9, and did not know about the advance ticket prices. I know I will be paying full price, but what would be the cheapest way to get from Zurich to Rome using an available rail pass? I may skip Rome if it is too expensive and just leave from Zurich to Madrid, where my friends will be before we head back to the United States.

Thank you very much for your help and suggestions. Have a wonderful day!

Arno
Arno
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Jun 27, 2017 - 8:53 AM

Hi zzawahir,

Welcome to MySwissAlps! I did a search for Domodossola (Swiss/Italian border) to Rome on July 8 on some of the websites listed here, and still found tickets from $62. You can still take advantage of such low prices if you book quickly and don't mind settling for the time of the cheapest trains. Note that you normally travel via Spiez - Brig - Domodossola - Milan. In exceptional cases via Lucerne, but not via Zurich.

As for the Bernese Oberland I'm afraid the only way to be sure about the cheapest pass is to do the math as explained here. Indeed the Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland could work, as well as the Swiss Half Fare Card, and even the Swiss Travel Pass. The Swiss Travel Pass would cover your trips from Zurich and to Domodossola as well. Please the map for what it covers in the Bernese Oberland.

zzawahir
zzawahir
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Jun 27, 2017 - 5:26 PM

Thank you very much for your help! There is so much information out there it is sometimes confusing to look through it all.

zzawahir
zzawahir
3 posts
new member
Jun 28, 2017 - 1:31 AM

Hello again,

I purchased the Swiss Travel Pass as it seemed to be the most economical option compared to the Swiss Half Fare Card.

I checked and I believe the following trips are free, but if you could please confirm that they are, I would much appreciate it:

1. Geneva - Bern - Interlaken Ost - Lauterbrunnen - Wengen

2. Grindelwald - Spiez - Brig - Domodossola

Also, do I go to the SBB website to make reservations for these trips, or should I just wait until I get to Geneva?

Thank you very much!!

Arno
Arno
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Jun 28, 2017 - 5:46 AM

Hi zzawahir,

Yes, all of that is free. You do not need reservations, just board any train you like and show the Swiss Travel Pass when requested. All you need is the additional ticket to Rome (see the first link in my previous post). The SBB has all the train schedules (see here) but you don't need anything else from there.

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