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What pass? Berner Oberland OR Jungfrau OR ???

We're traveling to the Berner Oberland region from Paris in August and plan to take the TGV from Paris to Interlaken Ost. After reviewing travel passes, we're still VERY confused which travel pass is the "best value" for our time around Lauterbrunnen, Murren, & Wengen.

We need train transportation from Interlaken Ost to Lauterbrunnen (where we're lodging). Then, we'll need multiple trains, cable cars, funiculars, PostBus, etc for hiking around: Mannlichen-Kleine Scheidegg, Kleinie-Scheidegg Walk, Eiger Trail, North Face Trail, Schilthorn, the Cloudy Lauterbrunnen Walk, etc.

We want to purchase the "best value" pass that includes these possible travel methods: Schilthorn cable car, Grütschalp cable car, Mürren train, Allmendhubel funicular, Wengen train, Männlichen lift, lift at Gimmelwald to Schilthornbahn station near Stechelberg, PostBus to Trümmelbach Falls, etc. (Understand that some passes will only provide discount on Schilthorn.)

Would appreciate recommendations on which pass best covers a train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, as well as varied travel methods around Lauterbrunnen, Mürren, Wengen areas?

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This additional information may help other responders:

  • How many days will you be in Switzerland?

  • When you finish up with Switzerland, will you be flying out or moving on by train?
    If you're departing by train, what will be your next stop?

  • Is "we" two adults?

Some folks have found the half-price card best for their itineraries, but the specific trips planned do make a difference.

Posted by
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Thanks for responding!

We (2 adults) will be in Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Murren region only 3.5 days (4 nights) - no other travel in Switzerland. Thus, why I'm looking into a regional pass and not the Swiss Travel Pass or Half-Price Pass. We'll take train from Interlaken Ost back to Paris for flight home.

NOTE: We will NOT be taking a day to Jungfraujoch, so that travel is not a concern.

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Just some considerations. A 4-day Swiss Pass costs 31 CHF more than the Berner Oberland Pass, but it will fully cover your inbound travel from the Swiss border (at Basel) to Lauterbrunnen or Mürren on Day 1, while the BO Pass does not kick in until you reach Bern. Also, the Swiss Pass fully covers the ride up the Schilthorn, while the BO Pass only covers half the cost.

Neither 4-day Pass will help you with travel through Switzerland back to Paris on Day 5.

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You may have reviewed this already, but:
English version-
https://www.regionalpass-berneroberland.ch/en/

RS - Switzerland - "If you are staying a few days in Murren or Gimmelwald and planning to go up, the Schilthorn's Holiday Pass starts to make sense."

You really will have to think about what you will actually do and add up individual costs versus a pass. In my experience we end up doing about half of what we plan because a coffee looking out over the Jungfrau and relaxing is also much fun on a nice day.

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Good thoughts, Lola. I didn’t do a price comparison.

Posted by
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Thanks for responses. Lola, we will have a TGV train to Interlaken Ost, so the travel from Basel is not a concern. Does this change your opinion?

Posted by
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Check your route. I believe it is a TGV from Paris to Basel, then a regular Swiss IC train from Basel to Interlaken Öst. You can buy a ticket for the whole journey from various companies, but it will not be a TGV train once you enter Switzerland.

Depending on your date of travel, you may be able to get a reduced-price “Sparangebot” price for the ticket from SBB for August. I see a price of 92 CHF without a Swiss Pass, or 58 CHF with a Swiss Pass, using August 14 as the date. Check TGV and Trainline.eu for their prices to compare.

Another consideration is the cable car up to Männlichen, and the train back to Wengen from Kleine Scheidegg. These fully covered on the BO Pass, but only partly covered with a Swiss Pass. So that weighs in favor of the BO Pass, but I don’t know the actual savings.

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When checking individual ticket prices on the SBB website, remember that the default fare displayed assumes you have the half-fare card. Double the figure displayed to get the actual cost if you buy a full-fare ticket.

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I understand that whichever pass wedecide (Berner Oberland, Jungfrau, etc.) , we will be able to buy this regional pass when we get to Interlaken Ost train station. Do any of you know whether this is correct?