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Lauterbrunen to Murren / Grindelwald / Jungfrau: Confused

Sorry if this is a repeat, but looking for help with train passes. We have Eurail Global Passes and will be arriving in early Sept to Lauterbrunen, staying in Murren for three days. I'm thinking we'll visit the area (Grindelwald), Jungfrau (those two in same day with train route up and back) and maybe do the Shilthorn. I am a bit confused by the pass options that exist.

Would anyone be kind enough to give me their recommendations for what passes to buy? We are two adults and one youth (age 19).

Thank you in advance. Tim

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Tim, Are you saying you already have Eurail Passes?
In which case why would you want to buy an additional pass, that would be paying twice?

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Chris, thank you. The Eurail passes do not work past Interkaken, so an additional pass is required.

After more research, I’m considering buying when we arrive, as it will be mid-afternoon and I believe the Eurail pass gives us a 25% discount on all Swiss passes that we may need.

Tim

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You cannot buy a Eurail Pass once you are in Europe? Are you talking about a Swiss Travel Pass? You might find that the Swiss Half Fare Card saves more money in the end.

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Sam, thank you for the reply. We already have purchased our Eurail passes. Just looking for understanding around augmenting this with needs for days spent in Berner Oberland.

Have a great day. Tim

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The Eurail passes do not work past Interkaken, so an additional pass is required.

First half of that sentence is correct the second half isn't.
When you get to Interlaken, just buy normal tickets to your final destination (Lauterbrunnen). Same for your other trips (Lauterbrunnen - Mürren and Lauterbrunnen - Wengen).
A pass is not the normal way to pay to travel on trains, it is a method sold to tourist who have never been on trains, because to such newbies it sounds easier. Buying tickets, like us locals do, is often cheaper.

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You do get a 25% discount with your Eurail Pass, so that is nothing to sneeze at.

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Yes, but how much did that 25% discount actually cost?

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Chris...thank you so very much. We will wait and buy as we go. The ability to purchase like a local and without passes sounds like the way to go and will help us truly become familiar with how the system really works va using a pass. I great appreciate the local way of doing things.

Also appreciate everyone else’s responses. Tim