Best Swiss Pass or Card Option
by Sadeev Kang
We are 4 adults, 2 senior citizens and 2 kids below 12 (family outing).
This is my itinerary:
Arrival : 11 May Zurich
May 12: Leave for Grindelwald
Stay there and travel all across to Lucerne, Zermatt, Interlaken, Mount Pilatus
So we are gonna be out every day.
May 16: Leave for Geneva-onwards to Nice
Just need to understand if we should take a Swiss pass/Bernese Oberland pass in combo with others.
Am tired of searching please help.
Best Swiss Pass Option
I understand your frustration. It can be daunting to evaluate Rail Passes. The better you plan your itinerary the easier it will be.
Just a few suggestions: Consider choosing Interlaken Ost
instead of Grindelwald as a base to explore the Jungfrau Region. Then, no matter which Swiss Pass or Card you choose, you'd profit from seeing more of this absolutely stunning region on a round trip.
Depending on the time of travel, you could either get a "Good Morning" / "Good Afternoon ticket" or the "Connecting Jungfrau Ticket" (more about these options here
). That way you can have both: sightseeing in Grindelwald
but then also see Wengen
(Roundtrip: Interlaken - Grindelwald - Jungfraujoch - Wengen - Lauterbrunnen - Interlaken). You can interrupt your trip at any destination as long as you return to Interlaken on the same day, and this trip is easily done in one day.
According to your Itinerary, most of your travel days are not spent in the Bernese Oberland
Region (Canton Bern): Lucerne and Mount Pilatus are located in the Canton Luzern and Zermatt in the Canton Valais, therefore a regional pass is not the best option. The way I understand your itinerary, you won’t stay longer than one whole day in this Region. So, unless you plan to stay at least 3 days, you don’t profit from a regional Bernese Oberland Pass. For the portion Grindelwald – Jungfraujoch – Wengen you will have to pay an extra ticket, no matter which pass you choose:
- Swiss Pass Holders
receive 25% discount
- Half Fare Card
and Bernese Oberland Pass Holders
receive 50% discount.
Your itinerary could possibly look like this:
- Travel from Zürich to Luzern and from there up to Mount Pilatus.
- Proceed from Luzern to Interlaken Ost via Brünig-Hasliberg (more info on that route see here)
- Stay in Interlaken and visit the Jungfrau Region
- Proceed from Interlaken to Zermatt via Spiez - Visp
- Continue to Geneva and from there to Nice
When you figured out your itinerary, refer to my help page
to find out the best rail pass option for your needs.
Are France and Switzerland the only countries on your Itinerary? If not, do check RailEurope passes
too, for example EuRail Select
and/or Global Pass
, depending on how many countries you will visit.
I hope this helps,FidaPS:
Adults 26+ and Seniors pay the same price, but you are all eligible for the Saver Passes. Your children will travel for free with the Family Card.PSPS:
Please do share a few photos
of your Swiss experience. I'd be delighted to hear from you.