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Swiss Flex Pass- 4 day or 8 day?

My friends and I have been going back and forth on which Flex pass option to choose since we are unclear of how valuable the Swiss pass will be on "non-travel" days. Here is our itinerary:
Geneva to Chamonix by shuttle
Chamonix to Zermatt by train (will need Swiss Pass)- 3 nights
Zermatt to St. Moritz by train (will need Swiss Pass)- 4 nights
St. Moritz to Lucerne by train (will need Swiss Pass)- 3 nights
Lucerne to Zurich to return home (will need Swiss Pass)- same day

We plan to ski 1-2 days in each of the 3 ski locations (Chamonix, Zermatt, and St. Moritz). We are trying to be flexible with those days due to conditions and we would also like to explore each place other than skiing. We are definitely an active and adventurous group. We know we will get our money's worth with the 4 day flex pass, but would anyone recommend getting the 8 day flex pass to be used for the other non-travel days? Is it worth it or not?

Posted by
7164 posts

The Swiss Half Fare Card is valid for an entire month.

Posted by
1653 posts

You have 2 options worth considering:
1/ Buying a half-Fare Card as stated above (120 CHF), then purchase half-price tickets for approx :
- Swiss border -> Zermatt = 40
- Zermatt -> St Moritz = 90
- St Moritz -> Luzern = 50
- Luzern -> Zürich = 15
So about 300 for the whole thing

2/ Buying Saver Day Passes for the Swiss Border-Zermatt, Zermatt-St Moritz and St Moritz-Luzern days, 60 days in advance if possible, and a full-fare ticket for Luzern-Zurich.

If you find the cheapest Saver Day passes (52 CHF), the savings are massive, since total cost is only 175 CHF. But if you plan excursions from St Moritz or Luzern, then you might find that the half-fare Card is a better deal.

Posted by
15573 posts

balso's analysis shows that when it comes to saving money, the Half Fare Card almost always beats the Swiss Travel Pass. You're paying a premium for convenience. The 4-day flex is 323 CHF, but you'll pay about 300 CHF for your 4 travel days with the Half Fare Card, plus you will have it for discounts on any other excursions you might want to take.

Another point, the 3-day flex is 267 CHF, a 56 CHF savings over the 4-day, and the only reason for use is to cover a 30 CHF full fare ticket from Luzern to Zurich, so a 3-day flex saves you 26 CHF.

Assuming you will be taking the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St Moritz. Neither the Travel Pass nor the Half Fare Card save you anything on the reservation fee.

Edit, A minor point, the STP covers you completely from Chamonix Mont Blanc station to Zermatt. A short stretch, from Chamonix to Vallorcine is in France, so is not covered by the Half Fare Card. That portion costs 9.70 EUR, about 10 CHF.

Posted by
2814 posts

With a Half-Fare Card, Saver Day Pass (2 class) can cost as little as 29 (but just a few tickets, on winter/fall, on weekdays). It is more common then to find them at 39.