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Swiss Travel Pass in Berner Oberland

I will be taking a train from Paris to Basel to enter Switzerland. I will be there for 4 days and wanted to buy the Swiss Travel Pass for my travels in the Berner Oberland. I will be staying in Grindelwald. I am trying to figure out what parts of my itinerary would be included if I get the pass.

  1. Basel to Grindelwald
  2. Roundtrip ride up to First from Grindelwald ??
  3. Roundtrip to Jungfrau with a stop in Lauterbrunnen
  4. Roundtrip to Murren
  5. Roundtrip gondala up Schilthorn from Murren (i think this is half off)
  6. Grindelwald to Geneva

Thanks!

Posted by
16883 posts

Grindelwald to First, Grindelwald - Jungraujoch, Jungraujoch - Wengen, and Muerren-Schilthorn are each discounted either 25% or 50% on the counted days of your Swiss Travel Pass. See the link for the Map of Validity (updated for 2017 travel) at http://www.swisstravelsystem.com/en/home.html.

Posted by
13211 posts

Are you thinking of a 4-day Swiss Pass for 259 CHF? You do not have enough covered travel to justify that. I added up your fully-covered trips ( Basel to Grindelwald, GW to Mürren roundtrip, GW to Wengen ( on your way up the Jungfrau via Lauterbrunnen---the pass fully covers as far as Wengen), and Grindelwald to Geneva. The full fare for those trips came to 213 CHF. You would get a 50 % discount on the Schilthorn and First lifts, but only 25% off the Jungfrau train above Wengen and all the way back to Grindelwald.

I think you would be much better off with a Half Fare Card for 120 CHF. Then the cost of your train travel would be reduced to 107 CHF, and you would get a full 50% discount on the pricy Jungfrau trip, as well as Schilthorn and First lifts.

Posted by
445 posts

I think a Berner Oberland Pass would be better. It covers everything but is half priced for Jungfrau from Kleine Scheidegg and from Murren to Schitlhorn. More info can be found here: The second site has more detailed information and a very good map which is the third link.

http://www.swisstravelsystem.com/en/tickets-de/regionalpaesse/regionalpass-berner-oberland.html

http://www.myswissalps.com/regionalpassberneseoberland/validity

Here is an interactive map, it takes a while to load. https://myswissalps-doc.r.worldssl.net/docs/default-source/rail-network-maps/regionalpassberneseoberland.pdf?sfvrsn=18

Posted by
31519 posts

In addition to the Berner Oberland Regional Pass, you could also have a look at the Jungfrau Regional Pass to see if that would be more cost effective.

One point to consider when visiting the Jungfraujoch is the check the weather first. If the top is shrouded in fog, you won't be able to see much and venturing outside may not be possible. One other important consideration is that the top of the Jungfraujoch at the Sphinx Observatory is at about 12K feet, so if you have any problems with altitude, keep that in mind. I found that I was moving more slowly there, and stairs especially were an effort. Aside from that I didn't have any problems.

Posted by
13211 posts

Unfortunately the Berner Oberland Pass does not cover the full Jungfrau journey---it is only 25% covered above Kleine Scheidegg.

Nor does it cover from Basel to Grindelwald and from Grindelwald to Geneva very well. In each case the journey is partly covered, but the rest would be at full fare.

And if I recall correctly, the Jungfrau Pass does not cover the Schilthorn at all.

Posted by
31519 posts

"And if I recall correctly, the Jungfrau Pass does not cover the Schilthorn at all."

I believe the Jungfrau Pass provides a 25% discount from Stechelberg to the Schilthorn and the Berner Oberland Pass provides a 50% discount.

Posted by
7205 posts

...and a Half Fare Card reduces ALL train trips all over Switzerland by 50% - even the expensive Jungfrau Trip. If you're looking for pure economics you would be hard pressed to find a better deal than the HFC.

Posted by
29 posts

Thank you all for the information. It is looking like the Half price pass may be better since I will be traveling outside of the Berner Oberland region. I may cut Jungfrau depending on the weather.