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Which rail card for Swiss travel

In June I am goin from Geneva to Interlaken. Plan to take some of the lifts and trains up the mtns. then on to Munich. cant decide which pass to buy, 4 da Swiss pass,Swiss card or the 1/2 price card. Any suggestions?

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I've attached a link to a spreasheet that I have been working on that shows the train fare costs from either Geneva or Zurich (almost the same fare) to Lauterbrunnen (assuming stay in Lauterbrunnen), travel to the two mountain tops (Jungfrau and Schilthorn) and exit from Switzerland via Geneva or Zurich. With no other train travel, the total fares in Swiss Francs (CHF) is CHF 405 ($436). http://gyazo.com/0c06a6c299ec4bd5d56cf7d03ef8157f A Swiss half-fare card cost CHF 110. At this point, your total fare expense would be 110 + 202.5 = CHF 312.50. That's quite a savings. Of course, you might look at a 2-for-1 Swiss Flexi-Pass for 2 adults at CHF 250 at www.myswitzerland.com (4-day pass only). But, you will still pay 1/2 fare to the two mountain tops. So it's CHF 250 + 37.40 + 85 = CHF 372.40 with that option. Note that these calculations do not include any other train trips that you might take in addition to what is listed on the spreadsheet.

Posted by
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I completely agree with Larry in that the Swiss half-fare card is your best bet. I have calculated every year the costs by using Swiss half-fare card vs. regular fares and find that to be the most cost effective. Many of the regional passes require you to travel on consecutive days where the half-fare card is good for any 30 day period.

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I completely agree with Larry in that the Swiss half-fare card is your best bet. I have calculated every year the costs by using Swiss half-fare card vs. regular fares and find that to be the most cost effective. Many of the regional passes require you to travel on consecutive days where the half-fare card is good for any 30 day period.

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Hi, Sue, Sounds like maybe we could get the 2 for 1 card? Your sister,
Dianne

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If you are going in May, September or October the 2 for 1 four-day Swiss Pass is a great deal.