a VirtualTourist member from Belchertown
My wife and I will be in Switzerland and will have purchased a half fare card. We will also be in Lauterbrunnen for a few days and want to do Jungfraujoch, Schilthorn, Schynige Platte, etc..., and we're not sure if it's worth it to get a regional pass as well. Considering many of those "special" journeys have supplemental costs even with the regional passes, I'm not sure it's worth my while if I already have a half fare card. Can anyone offer advice?
I was there in 2006 and ran the numbers. It was close to a wash but I did not do Schilthorn. With that added in you might save yourself a little money but your really do need to use it to make it worth it. I am surprised the BOB pass has supplemental costs. There is a young woman who worked at the ticket counter in the Lauterbrunnen train station who was EXTREMELY helpful to me - if she is still there, and not burned out, she will be the same for you. She speaks perfect English. By the time I realized there was the BOB pass, it was too late to take advantage of it. I was using a Swiss Card and already had 50% off. Put Schynige Platte low on your list of things to do. It is a nice excursion but the Jungfraujoch and Schilthorn will be far more exciting. I loved the Jungfrau.
Thank you for that advice. That was truly helpful.
I regularly get asked this kind of question in the Bernese Oberland region - which pass should I buy or not buy if already have half price card. The only answer is to work out the sums by calculating the fares for the journey you wish to make.
Use the following website link to find the individual fares - on the left hand side navigation links you have option of selecting which resort you are from:
Consider Bernese Obeland pass vs Jungfrau Pass
The Bernese Obeland Pass is more epensive but covers wider areas such as Brienz Rothorn and as afar as Kandersteg - you can use free days when you wish i the given period of 7 or 15 days. Still have to pay partial fees for Schilthorn and Jungraujoch
The Jungfrau Pass is less but is for consecutive days - does not cover Schilthorn though and half fare from last section of Jungfraujoch station.
Its tedious but work out what you want to do, do you plan to stay fairly local or travel wider in the Bernese Obeland and pray for good weather!