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Swiss Youth Passes

My family of four will spend 5 days in Switzerland in July. We bought 4 Half Fare Cards. Should we have bought a Swiss Youth Card for the 17 & 20 year olds? We plan on buying 4-day Berner Oberland passes. Is this the correct combination? We want convenience and ease travel without stress.

We plan to stay in Luzern and Wengen.

Posted by
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I don't know if you can get refunds for the HFC's. No point in second guessing yourself now.
You don't get stressed buying airline tickets, you don't get stressed about paying for meals, you don't get stressed about paying for lodging. Why would you get stressed about buying transport tickets?

Posted by
2100 posts

The Swiss Travel Pass (adult or youth) doesn't offer a lot of convenience if you are going to stay mostly in the same area, as for mountain railways you still need to buy tickets. If you get the Berner Oberland pass you can just bypass the queues at the ticket offices of most cable cars and directly go to the gate, scan your pass and board. Only for the Jungfrau and Schilthorn cable cars would you still have to get a ticket.

I often do advise people to get a pass (either the Jungfrau Pass or the Berner Oberland Pass) and then just forget about what it cost and just try to get a lot of use out of it. With a pass you do things like I did yesterday, going to Gimmelwald just to get a beer...