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Swiss Pass for 3 days Geneva to Murren

My husband and I are taking a train from Paris to Geneva, then going from Geneva to Murren (via rail). We will be staying in Murren for 2 nights and returning to Geneva to fly out. We will probably go to Gimmewald, otherwise just hike while we are there. We were planning on purchasing a 3 day Swiss Pass. Will that cover the cable cars/trains from Interlaken up to Murren and is it worth the cost (~275USD per person)? This was a last minute addition to our trip and I have not had enough time to research! We will be there the first week of August.

Thanks for the help!

Posted by
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I think the Swiss pass is more expensive than just paying the fares. It will cover everything, but at a greater cost than just buying the point to point tickets. I went on Swiss railway site and found that the Geneva Murren round trip will run about 100 CHF each. You might run up another 50 CHF each if you go up and down the mountain railways a few times. Even so, that is still far,far less expensive than the Swiss pass. Save the money by not buying the Swiss pass. You can put that money to better use when dining in Murren, where prices may seem a little shocking at first.

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Thanks for the tip, Carol! Would you suggest purchasing the tickets before we go or is it similar pricing when we are there? I read somewhere that the Swiss Passes are more expensive if you purchase them on arrival rather than prior to your trip and wasn't sure if regular train rides were priced similarly.
Thank you for the help!

Posted by
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A Swiss Travel Pass does fully cover you as far up the mountain as Muerren, then 50% discounts above that. You're also covered across the valley to Wengen, then 25% discounts if you go higher toward Jungfraujoch. The version for 3 consecutive days is currently $232 per person; don't order the flexipass version by accident. The Geneve-Muerren ride costs 90-100 CHF each way (slightly higher via Zwiesimmen/Golden Pass route than via Bern). I would get the pass for convenience and extra coverage and discounts during your stay, if you won't be strictly just hiking. The price difference is actually not much at all.

Carol's price check may have fallen prey to a common problem of seeing a Half-Fare price in the SBB shopping cart, although I did not encounter that issue myself.

Posted by
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Oh My! I double checked after seeing Laura's post and saw that she was correct. Glad she was double checking.

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Thank you, Laura! I thought that it would almost be a wash in terms of cost, but wanted to be sure that since we will be up in the mountains that we were covered to at least Muerren. My final question is how are "3 days" considered in the timeframe; meaning, is it Friday through Sunday or is it a 72 hour pass? We arrive in Geneve in the early afternoon on Friday and then fly out of Geneve Monday morning.

Thanks again!!