Swiss Saver Pass or Half Fare Card
by K. Roy
Hi, I will be travelling to Switzerland with my wife in August 2012 for a total of 8 days. We will stay for 4 days in Luzern and for 4 days in Interlaken. Point of entry and exit: Zurich airport.
While in Luzern I want to take the Mt Titlis, Pilatus and some other tours.
In Interlaken: Jungfrau and Schilthorn as well as some other tours.
Should I buy the 8 day Swiss Saver Pass for a couple?
If so from where should I buy them (from airport or train station)?
Or is there any other saver city passes in Luzern and Interlaken.
This is my first trip to Switzerland. Please advice.
Additional question: can I do the trips in Luzern and Interlaken on my own or are there any guided tours?
Thanks and best regards.
Swiss Pass, Regional Passes or Half Fare Card
According to your wish list, the Swiss Saver Pass for 8 days would be the way to go.
However, you also wish to add more tours. So planning a bit more to find out which pass is really the best option is worth your while.
For example, there are almost no mountain rides included in the Swiss Pass, whereas in the Tell Pass all mountain rides except Titlis are included. The Bernese Oberland Pass offers 50% discount up to the Jungfrau whereas with the Swiss Pass you only receive a discount of 25%.
- Swiss Saver Pass for 8 Days
The Swiss Saver Pass gives you free rides on train, bus and boat travel throughout Switzerland during these 8 days. You receive a 50% discount on most mountain rides except Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald to Jungfraujoch (25% discount). The price for a return ticket from Lauterbrunnen to Jungfraujoch is 169.80 minus 25% = CHF 126.75, and although this is almost the price of the Good Morning/Good Afternoon Ticket (CHF 130), you are free to choose your travel time.
Swiss Saver Pass for 8 days plus additional discounted tickets for Titlis, Pilatus (roundtrip ticket Kriens-Pilatus-Alpnachstad), Lauterbrunnen - Jungfrau and Mürren - Schilthorn:
Total cost: CHF 566.75
- Regional Passes
5 day Tell Pass for Luzern (practically everything included except Titlis for which you receive a discounted ticket (CHF 32.50.) Included also the trip from Luzern to Interlaken via Brünig (see Area of Validity);
3 days Bernese Oberland Pass (Lauterbrunnen - Jungfrau and Mürren - Schilthorn 50% discounted tickets);
Zürich Airport to Luzern and Thun to Zürich Airport full price
Total cost: CHF 694.50
- Regional Passes combined with Half Fare Card
Included the same as above, except you add a Half Fare Card (CHF 110) to receive a discount for the tickets from and to the airport as well as any other trip you plan to do outside these two regions. If you purchase the Half Fare Card in combination with the Regional Passes you are eligible for discounted prices for the Regional Passes.
Total cost: CHF 664.50
To help you make a decision, use the following websites:Tell Pass
: Great travel tips and ideas on what to do in this region. Rigi and Klewenalp are two of my favorites. Of course, a boat trip on Lake Lucerne is a must - when you go up to Mt. Pilatus consider taking the "Golden Round Tour" (included). Click on "Service" on the left navigation bar and it will lead you to information on what you can do and see in this region. City transport included.
You can buy the Tell Pass here
.Bernese Oberland Pass
: I quoted the pass for three days within 7 days. During 3 days city transport, boat rides on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz as well as bus and trains are free (except for the "green lines" where you receive 50% discounted tickets); on the other 4 days city transport is free and for all other tickets you receive a 50% discount.
The "Links" in the top navigation bar lead you to sights in this area. Worth your limited time (in case the mountains are shrouded in clouds): Reichenbach Falls; Beatus caves/and or Ballenberg; boat excursion on Lake Thun. Thun is a marvel of a medieval city - tourist office right in the train station - next to the boat lounge. Walk through the cobbled stoned streets, visit Schloss Thun (Castle Kyburg), have tea and desert at Schloss Schadau and don't forget to visit the Wocher Panorama while there).Tip:
you say you travel in August; but both Regional Passes offer deals 2 for 1 in September
, which means one person would almost travel for free.
Also, don't forget to keep an eye on the weather forecast
. It would be a pity to arrive at the top (especially on the Jungfrau considering the price) and not being able to see anything. You can buy the tickets right before you leave at the train station.
You can buy Swiss Saver Pass and Half Fare Card online or all passes upon arrival, at train stations, tourism offices or in Zürich Airport's SBB Reisebüro
(Swiss Railway travel office), Check-in 3.
You can buy the Bernese Oberland Pass here
.All prices are quoted in 2nd class. Subject to change.Guided or not?
Sightseeing companies offer day trips starting at around $120 (pick up, food, gratuities not included). Tourist offices also offer tours for groups and individuals. But of course, you can do all trips on your own. Buy yourself a good guide book (Frommer' or Fodor's for example), and get additional information and latest news at the tourist offices in Lucerne (directly in the train station), Interlaken (Höheweg 37 - next to the hotel Metropole).
I'd be happy to hear about your adventures
Enjoy your holiday in Switzerland,FidaRelated Info:
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