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Bernese Oberland Pass and STP for 12-day in Switzerland

Hi, can i have your advice/suggestions on my 2-adult 12-day itinerary train travel and mountain excursion please:
16 June entry via Zurich; train to Lucerne (full fare)
Lucerne to Lauterbrunen using Bernese Oberland Pass (8-day pass)
17-23 June Berna Oberland Region
23 June - 27 June Zermatt by train and cable car rides using STP 4-day pass
27 June by train to Zurich using STP.

Was wondering if the STP Half Fare would be a better choice. Would appreciate any suggestions. I understand that STP passes purchased from 15 April will enjoy an additional free day travel.

Thank you very much
Patrick

Posted by
1792 posts

There is no getting around the fact you have to do the math to compare single tickets with a half fare card total versus all the pass purchases total. You have listed 3 different passes.

Posted by
20334 posts

I think you should get a 10-day Berner Oberland Pass and the Half Fare Card. Your cost would be 395 CHF per person.

The BO Pass covers you as far as Brig, but you MUST take the slower way from Spiez to Brig, via Kandersteg. It is about 1 hour slower than using the new express route that uses the Loetschberg Base Tunnel, but is more scenic. Then the Half Fare Card to go from Brig to Zermatt and for cable car rides in Zermatt. The cable cars and Gornergratbahn are covered only at 50% with the Swiss Travel Pass, so you get the same discount with the HFC. Returning Zurich, the BO Pass is now expired, but use the HFC to return to Zurich, now by the fast route.If your plans are firm, you could also get a Super saver ticket, which is train speciic and nonrefundable for as low as 29 CHF.

I assume you are flying out of Zurich on the 28th.

Posted by
15 posts

thank you Sam for your suggestion. I will be in Lauterbrunen region for 8 days only. Any reason why you are suggesting a 10-day BO pass?
Yes, a HFC would make more economic sense. Yes am flying out via Zurich.

Thank you

Posted by
20334 posts

Yes, 8-day BO Pass plus Half Fare Card.
You could also buy a Saver Day Pass for 44 CHF 60 days in advance of June 27 return. Then you can take any time for your return to Zurich, but you must travel on that day. You can make that decision in 2 weeks when you can buy tickets for June 27.

Posted by
530 posts

The cheapest Saver Day Pass with a half fare card is 29 CHF, they all go on sale at this price, but the cheapest ones sell out quickly, then they jump to 34, 39, 44, etc.

I have a GA train pass now, but in the past I bought these very often. The trick is to check as soon as they go on sale and buy right away, no hesitation.

Looking at the ones for sale right now, I can see that the 44 price is remaining available for a long time, around two weeks, so it all just depends.
The BLS train website has a nice table showing every Saver Day Pass currently on sale, this gives a good overview and helps to see how they work.

https://shop.bls.ch/en/blscustom/daypass

Posted by
15 posts

Hi, thank you for your assistance. I will certainly book early for the Saver Pass.
If I understand how this Swiss Half Fare Card and Saver Day Pass works:
1. I should buy the Swiss Half Fare Card with start date at beginning of my itinerary for train travel
2. Buy the Saver Day Pass for specific days of train travel 60 days earlier.
3. Buy the Berna Oberland Pass 6-day with discount from Swiss Half Fare Card.

I hope I have got this right! haha!

Thank you very much

Posted by
530 posts
  1. Yes
  2. Yes, for any routes that are more than 29.00. Zurich - Luzern is only 15.00 with your Half Fare Card, but Zermatt - Zurich is 64.50.
  3. Yes

Enjoy your trip!