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a VirtualTourist member asked on Aug 21, 2016

Switzerland

Pass for family, visiting BO for 6 days

Hello. If someone knowledgeable can review and advice on the right travel pass for the destinations below, it will be of great help. In addition I have a couple more questions listed below. Many thanks in advance for your assistance.

Family configuration: husband, wife, 2 children (12-15 years old) and 1 youth 18 years old.
Duration: Aug 26- Sep 1

Below are the destinations and modes of transpo:
1. Train from Zurich airport to Bern (one-way)
2. Lauterbrunnen. to Wengen (train) ;
3. Wengen to Kl Scheidegg (train) ;
4. Grindelwald Grund – Maennlichen (Gondola) ;
5. Maennlichen to Wengen (cable car)
6. Train from Lauterbrunnen station to Interlaken Ost for Brienz;
7. Train from Interlaken Ost to Brienz.
8. Steam train from Brienz station to Rothorn (return journey)
9. Train from Lauterbrunnen to Grindelwald ;
10. First gondola to the First ski resort;
11. Ride the “First Flieger”
12. Train from Lauterbrunnen to Bern and back
13. Brunig Panoramic Expressway between Interlaken and Lucerne (one way)
14. Train from Lucerne to Zurich (one way)

QUESTIONS:
1. Is REGIONAL BO PASS , the most economical option, or you would advice HALF-FARE PASS ?
2. With REGIONAL BO PASS or HALF-FARE PASS, do I have to buy STP ?
3. For 12-16 years old, do I have to buy JUNIOR TRAVEL CARD or SWISS FAMILY CARD? And do I pay any sum towards that purchase?
4. For 18 year old, do I buy Swiss Youth Pass, or just the REGIONAL BO PASS?

Kind regards



5 Answers


answered on 8/21/16 by
a VT member from Barossa

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this website might help you decide, it certainly looks complicated. I have never had a Swiss rail Pass, did use Eurail many years ago but this didn,t cover any trains considered to be privately run. Maybe just look at Eurail (NOT raileurope) and see the price, you might find Eurail Family Pass a lot cheaper. With some of the routes in Switzerland you are paying for the luxury of a posh train whereas you could travel exactly the same route in a "normal" train for a lot less. I travelled from Lucerne to Interlaken on a normal train using my Eurail.




answered on 8/21/16 by
a VT member from Barossa

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E1060 for 11 days of travel seems a good price in my opinion. This counts your 18 yr old as an adult.




answered on 8/22/16 by
a VT member from Malaysia

I think Swiss Pass 15 days (484 CHFx 2) for two adults and your youth 18yr old 15 days (411 CHF) is perfect for your family. I travelled with Swiss Pass last year, it was amazing... A lot of saving.. You can enter most of the museums, castle, train, boats, buses. Others attraction or mountain trains with discount.
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You don't have to commit to buy online now. You can wait until you reach Zurich airport, just stop by the train ticket office. They will give you the best advice.




answered on 8/29/16 by
a VT member from Vienna

Here I have sorted your trains into 2 parts,
Part 1 is the ordinary trainsystem with 100% reduction with the travelpasses from above
1. Train from Zurich airport to Bern (one-way)
6. Train from Lauterbrunnen station to Interlaken Ost for Brienz;
7. Train from Interlaken Ost to Brienz.
9. Train from Lauterbrunnen to Grindelwald ;
12. Train from Lauterbrunnen to Bern and back
13. Brunig Panoramic Expressway between Interlaken and Lucerne (one way)
14. Train from Lucerne to Zurich (one way)
I think with these few distances a trainpass does not always make sense
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and then the 2nd part are the private cablecars ec. where you have to pay 50% reduction even when you have those tickets above, and most of them are more expensive than the ordinary train.

2. Lauterbrunnen. to Wengen (train) ;
3. Wengen to Kl Scheidegg (train) ;
4. Grindelwald Grund – Maennlichen (Gondola) ;
5. Maennlichen to Wengen (cable car)

8. Steam train from Brienz station to Rothorn (return journey)

10. First gondola to the First ski resort;
11. Ride the “First Flieger”




answered on 8/29/16 by
a VT member from Vienna

2. Lauterbrunnen. to Wengen (train) ;
3. Wengen to Kl Scheidegg (train) ;
4. Grindelwald Grund – Maennlichen (Gondola) ;
5. Maennlichen to Wengen (cable car)
in this part you can save some money if you skip a bit of it !
Lauterbrunnen to Wengen and from there to Männlichen by cablecar
and then you take a WALK to Kl. Scheidegg, maybe 1,5 or 2 hours, very scenic walk
From Kl.Scheidegg you take the train down to Grindelwald.





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