Which rail pass for the Interlaken area in summer?

Which rail pass for the Interlaken area in summer?

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Heath
Heath
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Apr 28, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Hi, I’m travelling to The Interlaken area with my family in the summer, husband and 3 daughters: 9,11 and 13. Trying to work out what travel card to buy. I’m thinking the half fare card might be best for us. To be honest I can’t see us using the train that much, we’ll probably drive so it’s mainly for cable cars and possibly a boat trip. Also I want the flexibility of the discount lasting during our stay if we get a few days of bad weather. It sounds like for each adult ticket one of our kids will be free, I don’t think we can get 2 free kids with one of us so will need to buy a junior travel card as well. Does that all sound right and the best option for us (cost wise) rather than the other travel passes?

rockoyster
rockoyster
3406 posts
expert
Apr 28, 2018 - 8:59 PM in reply to Heath

Hello Heath and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

A clearly mapped out itinerary is the basis for deciding which pass (if any) suits.

Using your itinerary you need to do the sums based on the cost of all your planned trips on trains, boats, cable cars etc. You can use the Swiss Train Timetable (goo.gl/PXbqWw) to work out the fares for any trip. If you are not familiar with the timetable it will pay to first read the instructions at bit.ly/2IwxrEV.

When you go to buy a ticket the fare you see on the right hand side of the page will normally be the half-fare price. Double it to get full fare. With A Swiss Travel Pass it is free provided it is shown as free on the Area of Validity map ( PDF downloadable from www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass/validity).

You should read “How to choose the best travel pass” (www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass), download the handy spreadsheet calculator and do the math.

When you order Swiss Travel Pass or Swiss Half Fare Card (one each for you and your husband) get the free Swiss Family Card to cover your kids. No need for a Junior Travelcard Card.

Heath
Heath
2 posts
new member
Apr 28, 2018 - 9:42 PM in reply to rockoyster

Ok thanks, will look at those links. So using the family card can 2 children go free with 1 adult as we have 3 kids between 2 of us.

rockoyster
rockoyster
3406 posts
expert
Apr 28, 2018 - 9:53 PM in reply to Heath

Yes. All three kids could even go with one parent. I believe there is space for up to 5 kids to be listed on the Swiss Family Card.

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