Aug 4, 2010 - 1:05 PM
Hello Ijane! Most of your suppositions are right. I would indeed advice you not to use a Swiss (Saver) Pass, as it will be too expensive for the plans you have and a 25% instead of 50% discount applies to the trains running between Grindelwald, Wengen, Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch. A 15 day Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland would be too expensive as well, but have you noticed that there's a 7 day variant, including 3 days of free travel, as well? Details can be found on the Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland page. This 7 day-pass may be a good option for you. Your 3 free travel days could be used for the days on which you want to make the longest and most expensive journeys. A 50% discount would apply on the remaining days, on which you could make shorter trips.
I'm not sure if a Jungfrau Railways Pass is best for you. Most trains and cable cars in the Jungfrau area are included, but the cable car to Schilthorn is not. So full fare would apply here, instead of a 50% discount. Especially if you definitely want to go up to Schilthorn, this may turn out to be too expensive. Whether a Regional-Pass is better for you than a Jungfrau Railways Pass, depends on your travel plans. If you want to stay within the immediate area of Grindelwald only, a Jungfrau Railways Pass might suffice. But for exploring a larger area, the Regioanl Pass would be better.
In my opinion, a Swiss Half Fare Card is worth considering. It will cut 50% off your trip from Zurich Airport to Grindelwald and back again. And in many occasions in which a rather short stay and a few local trips are involved, the Swiss Half Fare Card turns out to be the most economical way of travelling. Another advantage is that the area of validity is much larger than with the regional passes. If weather conditions aren't that fine, it allows you to travel to another part of the country where conditions may be better. This may also be a reason not to pick the Jungfrau Railways Pass, as it doesn't leave room for getting out of the Jungfrau area if weather there isn't that good. But if you decide on exploring the cable cars and trains around Grindelwald only, regardless of the weather, you could settle for such a regional pass.
I hope these considerations will help you out a bit. If you have an exact overview of your travel plans, you can try to make calculations to find out which pass is most economical. In the end only calculations will give you a definitive answer. Tips on this can be found in our rail FAQ.
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