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Swiss 1/2 fare card?

We will be traveling from Milan to Lauterbrunnen for 3 nights. While in Interlaken we plan to go to Eiger (weather permitting) and Trummelbach Falls. We will then leave for Paris.

Given that train scenario--does a 1/2 fare travelcard make sense for 4 people (no children)?


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The 1/2 Fare card makes perfect sense. What does NOT make sense is why you would travel thru Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen. Then go back to Interlaken (for some reason) and then transit again through Lauterbrunnen again to get to the Eiger.

I think you must have Interlaken confused with Lauterbrunnen. You must transit through the town of Interlaken (not in the alps) to get to Lauterbrunnen (in the alps). Just spend your entire time in Lauterbrunnen and the surrounding alpine villages of Murren, Gimmelwald and Wengen and visit the Jungfrau (Eiger) while staying in Lauterbrunnen.

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Yes, sorry I meant Lauterbrunnen but was typing Interlaken. Will the half fare card work for a trip to the Eiger top?

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Will the half fare card work for a trip to the Eiger top?

You don't really go to the top of the Eiger. You can go to Kleine-Scheidigg and from there to the Jungfraujoch, also called the "Top of Europe." The half-fare card gives you a discount on the Jungfraujoch trip, but I do not believe it is the full 50%. Lots of info on the Jungfraujoch site. With the half-dare card it looks like the cost form Lauterbrunnen to the Jungfraujoch is CHF85.00 versus full-fare of CHF 135.00.

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Yes, the Half Fare Card (HFC) gets you exactly 50% reduction. You can easily see the fares on for all Swiss Transports including to the Jungfraujoch. The cost Kleine Scheidegg is 31 chf with the HFC instead of 62 chf full fare.

The HFC actually gets you a larger discount on the Jungfrau trip than the more expensive Swiss Transport Pass.

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Top of Europe is so worth doing: Jungfrau web cam get the 7:07 train from Lauterbrunnen to avoid the crowded tours from Interlaken.
Maybe investigate the Companion travel card discount, depending on your travel dates, that you can buy with a half price card:
From 29 March to 7 May 2016, you can travel in twos at a special low price: with the companion ticket, 37CHF. ...for your full day trips (but not valid for the mountain railways) but if you wanted to do a day trip to Lucern, Bern, Zermat, Montreux (3 hours, 3 changes).

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Stay in Lauterbrunnen if you want to be in the valley. Stay in Murren (extra 20 minutes on train) if you want to be HIGH in the alps with an insane view from every vantage point.