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Advice on the Swiss Transfer Ticket

Can anyone give me some advice on how the Swiss transfer ticket works.? We will be traveling from Zürich to Murren, staying for 4 days, then traveling from Murren to Varrena, Italy. Is this ticket only for round trip travel like from Zürich to Murren and then back to Zurich? Rick's book seemed to indicate that it was valid to any border. Any advice is appreciated as this ticket is only available online and I don't want to buy something that I can't use!

Posted by
16864 posts

From the fine print:

The Swiss Transfer Ticket entitles you to one return trip between any Swiss border/airport station and your destination on all routes marked on the route map with a continuous line. You must complete the outward and return journey within one day and via the most direct route.

The key word is "return" or round trip. So sounds like it is a no. The 30-day Half Fare Card for 120 chf will save a bit of money though, especially if you plan on taking any of upper mountain lifts at Muerren.

There used to be a product that allowed what you want to do, but it was discontinued over a year ago.

Posted by
43 posts

Sam, thanks for your reply. Just as I suspected, it does look like return trips only. Oh well......

Posted by
13107 posts

Actually, despite the use of the word "return" you can return to the border at a different place than you entry point. This is confirmed by various vendors who sell the transfer ticket! such as mySwiss.alps.com and SwissPasses.com:

http://www.myswissalps.com/forum/topic/swiss-transfer-ticket-8

https://www.swisspasses.com/railpass/transfer/

And Rail Europe describes it as good for "two transfers" between the border and airport and your destination in Switzerland, not as a "return".

I have used a Transfer ticket this ways myself--traveling from Zurich to Mürren and then into Italy.

But if you wish further clarification, you can ask SBB using the "contact" button on their website. They do answer questions, although it may take a couple of days.

Posted by
43 posts

Thanks for the additional info Lola! That should save me some money!

Posted by
16864 posts

Yes, if you send them a question today, your answer will be there when you wake up Monday morning.
Get the 60 chf Half Fare adder to use the upper lifts when you are in Muerren.

Posted by
16883 posts

Despite some confusing wording, the Swiss Transfer Ticket does not require you to return to the same border or airport. We confirmed this years ago. All borders are available.