Mar 31, 2016 - 4:44 AM
in reply to Arno
Thanks so much for the reply. I was happy to read tonight of from Traveler's5 that they read all the links you provided and are no less confused. I too read all the links before reaching out to you, and find that I am not much more informed now. it is like a foreign language.
The grandchildren link did provide one of the answers to my questions but trying to do all the calculations of train travel costs from point to point is too difficult when you are not sure of the hour of day you'll catch the train. Pain in the A-- if you want to know the truth. And very unclear for us travelers unfamiliar. So we buy the 1/2 fare card for 120 chf each and then buy tickets for each leg of our trip? My question is about the mountain cog wheel trains and the cable cars etc. Is it the same (about 50% off) for the Swiss Travel Pass and the 1/2 fare card? I read somewhere that the Eurail Pass does not include the mountain transportation or at best like 25% off. Is that the main difference with the Eurail vs Swiss Travel Pass? We will not be returning anytime soon so the 1year validity for Swiss pass is not helpful for the 1/2 Fare Card.
Our family of 4 will travel from Innsbruck to Luzern via Zurich for our 1st night, then the next day to Wengen via Interlaken. We will be in Wengen for 4 nights, then on the Golden pass train to Lausanne for 1 more night. We travel from Lausanne to Geneva for a 2:50 p.m. fight to Paris. 6 nights in Switzerland and 7 travel days. Agree that trains vs planes are the preferred travel but we have had 3 experiences where the French went on strike and we were left in the middle of no where. Once we were traveling to Paris from Lyon and the train was not allowed to stop in Paris. We had to continue to Belgium. With our return flights to the states the following morning, we did not want to take a change of another strike. Our Air France flights Geneva to Paris were around $58 US dollars for a 1 hour 10 minute flight.
Thanks for letting me vent my frustration. I just want to know what is the best way to go. We have to buy a minimum 8 day pass for this 7 day trip, 2 adults, 1 youth and 1 15 year old grandson. The Swiss travel pass is appealing because you don't have to buy tickets all the time (same as Eurail), but does it offer the same mountain discounts as the 1/2 fare card. It sounds like it does, but not sure. Also confusing about the 1/2 fare card that in short routes the savings may be less than 50%. But one is not provided the information to determine what is a "short route" . Thanks so very much for your help and advice. Much appreciated.
Warm Regards, Addierose