Is the Half-Fare Card worthwhile?

Hello, A friend and I are planning to be in Switzerland for 4 days in June. I am trying to figure out the most cost efficient way for us to get around. The legs of our journey are: Zurich-Murren Murren-Grindelwald
Grindelwald-Interlaken While we are in Murren, we are planning to hike up Schilthorn and take the cable-car down. Is it possible to buy a one-way ticket from top to bottom? With just these routes, is the half-fare card worth it? Thank you! Hailey

Posted by Tim
Knoxville, TN, USA
3076 posts

Just curious...do you have Grindelwald and Gimmelwald mixed up? They are both in the same general vicinity, but Grindelwald is MUCH farther from Mürren than Gimmelwald.

Posted by Hailey
Berkeley
3 posts

Hi Tim, Thanks for your reply. Grindelwald, not Gimmelwald, is our destination. Any advice? Hailey

Posted by Lola
Seattle, WA
5444 posts

Your travel has to add up to more than 240 CHF before a Half Fare Card starts to pay for itself. I doubt that yours does, but it is worth doing the math to be sure. As for the Schilthorn, the price list does not give prices for a one-way ride. You should ask about it before you start up to be sure you won't be charged for the whole return price. We have done this on the Eggishorn (hiked up, rode down) but that one does show one-way prices right on the pricelist. Note that they are having a very cool and late spring, with slow snowmelt, so it may not be possible to hike to the top in June. You should check on this before you start out so you know what you are getting into, and be prepared to turn back if it appears dangerous. If you are looking for a nice long rugged hike at lower altitude, consider the hike to Oberhornsee (but ask about that one too; there could be late-lying snow in shady places).

Posted by Hailey
Berkeley
3 posts

Thanks, Lola! We will be very wary of conditions and ready to change plans at any point. I will definitely take a look at the hike you've suggested as well!

Posted by Jim
Dallas, Texas, USA
495 posts

Yes, it is possible to purchase a one-way ticket. Without doing the math, I think Point to point ticket would be better than Swiss 3or 4 day pass or half-fare card. But.....you may get tempted to want to see some things you had not planned on. I'm thinking about the Jungfrau trip, which is pricey, then the half-fare might make economical sense. I have found that the ticket agents upon entry to Switz., speak good English and will take the time to advise you if you ask.

Posted by Tim
Knoxville, TN, USA
3076 posts

Good English and good German and good Italian and good French and probably 3 or 4 other languages, too. You know you can price your tickets at www.sbb.ch/en and then you'll know what to expect from point to point tickets. Be warned...the price displayed defaults to the pricing formula for Half Fare Card.

Posted by Lola
Seattle, WA
5444 posts

I just checked the webcams for Mürren, Wengen, Alpiglen, and others. It looks like a nice day there today. Sunshine, roads bare of snow, grass turning green, some new snowman the mountain tops.