Would you like a one month Swiss Travel Pass?

Would you like a one month Swiss Travel Pass?

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Slowpoke
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Jul 30, 2016 - 1:29 AM in reply to Arno

Arno-

Your efforts in suppoert of the longer term Swiss Travel Pass are to be applauded.

Having been exposed to marketing in my career, I have become cynical.

To whit- The more people who like, want, and need the longer term passes, the more chance to get more money from them by selling multiple shorter term passes. Those people might cut back on their spending in Switzerland, by staying for a shorter time, but the SBB will get a greater share of it.

Cynical is my middle name. ;-(

Slowpoke.

lapgates
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Jul 30, 2016 - 8:29 AM in reply to Arno

I would like to have one month Swiss pass.

Arno
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Jul 30, 2016 - 2:32 PM in reply to Slowpoke

You're right Slowpoke, there are most probably more reasons to discontinuing this pass than low sales numbers alone. After all, it was still being sold, it just wasn't the best selling product. Anyway, all we can do is give it a try for the sake of (mostly) returning tourists who want to stay long.

Arno
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Jul 30, 2016 - 2:33 PM in reply to lapgates

Thanks for letting us know Lapgates!

Minnie
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Aug 7, 2016 - 3:06 PM

Thank you for advocating for us. We come to Oberried am Brienzersee for one month each year from Australia. We were devastated when the month long STP was discontinued, and had a lot of email exchanges with SBB. We tried the 15 day Flexi/ half fare card combo in 2015. It didn't allow us enough spontaneity, as we like to do long trips to wherever our fancy takes us - every day! So in 2016 we got a month long Eurail pass instead, and thus we took lots of long trips out of Switzerland on many days!! With Eurail you can't enjoy the mountains in the BO. We would not ever buy 2 x 15 day pass. It would be far too expensive. I long for the return of the month long STP and could never understand why it was discontinued. We like to travel in first class and always go in either May or September.

Thanks again for a grand website!

Arno
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Aug 7, 2016 - 4:10 PM in reply to Minnie

Your type of vacation would indeed require a one month Swiss Travel Pass. Thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts here Minnie!

terryruesch
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Aug 7, 2016 - 8:18 PM in reply to Arno

Yes i would like a one month or 22 day non-consecutive swiss pass. We quite often go to Switzerland for a month and this year we had to buy a Global pass, which is probably more expensive , so please return the one month swiss pass!!!

thank you!!!

Arno
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Aug 8, 2016 - 6:45 AM in reply to terryruesch

Welcome to MySwissAlps terryruesch!

Indeed, a Eurail Pass is an alternative in some way, just like Minnie did. But it's not similar to the Swiss Travel Pass. Thank you for letting us know about your travel needs.

ruedi
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Aug 8, 2016 - 3:21 PM

Hi

Thank you for the question!!

The fact that there is no longer the month long pass has truly made us question our next June trip . I was here asking about this several months ago and the pass recommended was the one that is now also being discontinued on Jan first. We love to travel and find this very frustrating. The Swiss pass one month was perfect for travel museums etc.

ruedi
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Aug 8, 2016 - 3:24 PM

So next question..what would you recommend since both theses passes have been ended,

Would still like to travel for a month and visit museums boats etc. Deo we purchase the Eurorail?

Arno
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Aug 8, 2016 - 6:37 PM in reply to ruedi

Thanks for your response Ruedi! The alternatives for this type of traveling for a month will be limited next year. Two 15-day Swiss Travel Passes are far too expensive, although theoretically it's an option. The one month Swiss Half Fare Card is good value, but does not provide the same convenience and does not include museums.

I don't think the Eurail Select Pass and Eurail Global Pass are good alternatives for most people, but some buy those if their trip includes multiple countries. For travelers from Europe there's the single country Interrail Pass that might work.

I think a combination of a 15-day Swiss Travel Pass Flex and a Swiss Half Fare Card would be the best option as things stand now (well, as of 2017). This is similar to the Swiss Travel Pass Flex Combi which will be discontinued.

I hope they will re-introduce the 15+ day Swiss Travel Passes. Hence this thread.

Last modified on Aug 8, 2016 - 6:40 PM by Arno
Gladysknight
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Aug 10, 2016 - 1:48 PM in reply to Arno

Hello. We have in the past bought the 22--day Swiss Pass and were very unhappy when these were discontinued, likewise with the discontinuation of the discount for two travelling together (which was 15 per cent). I should love to be able to purchase a longer pass once again. The changes proposed for next year I think will only drive visitors away from Switzerland and perhaps to a cheaper destination like Austria.

Arno
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Aug 10, 2016 - 2:57 PM in reply to Gladysknight

Hi Gladysknight,

Thank you for adding to this discussion here! By the way, the discount for two or more traveling together was not discontinued. They just stopped calling it "Saver passes" and started charging the same prices (the Saver prices actually) for everyone. This old post from 2014 announces the change. Solo travelers won, group travelers did not loose.

And welcome to MySwissAlps!

jsanderfield
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Aug 14, 2016 - 1:02 PM in reply to Arno

Yes I would love to see the 22 day pass. I always take a two week vacation but for me if I am coming to a place in Europe one of the biggest expenses is airfare so I like to spend longer. Typically at least 18 days to 3 weeks, in which case I need more than the 15 days.

Thanks

Arno
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Aug 14, 2016 - 3:01 PM in reply to jsanderfield

Thanks for adding that to this thread Jerry! I hope such passes will be reintroduced one day.

Mageo
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Aug 15, 2016 - 10:02 PM

Hello, We were very disappointed, as we previously posted, when the 22+ days Swiss Pass was removed from the system. We plan to visit Switzerland from Australia in 2017 but don't particularly want to have to purchase two, 15-day Swiss Travel passes each. We contacted SBB asking for suggestions for an alternative. We would be interested in your comments re. their following suggestion, which we hadn't heard of, or understood this before. "With a 1-month travelpass for the Half-Fare travelcard (CHF 410.00), and a "Half-Fare travelcard" (CHF 185.00) you can travel on most stretches without any extra costs. Some very touristic lines will apply only a reduction." Thanks for the forum - we really appreciate it Regards, Mageo

Slowpoke
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Aug 16, 2016 - 12:40 AM in reply to Mageo

Looks like they raised the cost for the one month half-fare card.

Used to be about 25 CHF.

Bummer. That is what I always used for my guests.

Slowpoke

Gladysknight
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Aug 16, 2016 - 9:35 AM in reply to Mageo

Hello. I was interested to read the advice to get a one-month pass plus a half-price card. I wonder what the price would be if you did not have a half-price card? After all, you would not need this if you had free travel with the month pass. And where can you get this month-long pass? Or have I misunderstood what they are saying?

Slowpoke
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Aug 16, 2016 - 9:57 AM in reply to Slowpoke

<<"Looks like they raised the cost for the one month half-fare card. Used to be about 25 CHF.">>

Oooops-

I meant to write "125" CHF

Still, it was close to that for quite a few years.

Slowpoke

Slowpoke
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Aug 16, 2016 - 10:01 AM in reply to Gladysknight

Hi Gladys-

<<" And where can you get this month-long pass? Or have I misunderstood what they are saying?">>

I think that this is a new option for the next year, as an add-on to the half-fare card. It may not be a "stand alone" option, after the new system eliminates the "one month" Swiss travel Pass.

www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses

Slowpoke

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