Best rail pass options for Wengen and Zermatt

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Alpine Ayer
Alpine Ayer
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Jun 17, 2019 - 5:26 AM

We are traveling to Lauterbrunnen by car, staying in Wengen and exploring the Jungfrau region for three days, where we want to go to Jungfraujoch, Grindlewald, and maybe Murren. We are then driving to Tasch and staying in Zermatt for three days, where we want to explore the Gornergrat, Schwarzee, and Matterhorn Glacier Paradise.

It looks like there are lots of rail pass options: HFC, Bernese Oberland Regioinal Pass, Jungfrau Travel Pass, and the Matterhorn Peak Pass. What is the best way to determine what would be the best deals for our family (2 adults + 2 kids under 14)? I don't know if I should combine the HFC with one of the regional passes? What are the benefits of the Bernese Oberland vs Jungfrau Travel Pass? I've read through a lot of posts, but I'm still confused about the best value.

Thank you!

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Jun 17, 2019 - 5:45 AM in reply to Alpine Ayer

Hello Alpine Ayer and welcome to MySwissAlps,

If you are driving the most likely best option is the Swiss Half-fare Card. You get 50% of pretty much all tickets and your kids travel free with Swiss Family Card. Mixing and matching is rarely cost effective.

If you want some confidence in that advice, and don't mind keeping a supply of headache pills close at hand, you should read “How to choose the best travel pass” (www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass), download the handy spreadsheet calculator and do the math. The spreadsheet also includes links to all the available passes.

Last modified on Jun 17, 2019 - 5:45 AM by rockoyster
Steph
Steph
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Jun 17, 2019 - 5:57 AM in reply to Alpine Ayer

Hello Alpine Ayer,

Choosing the best rail pass combination can be quite a challenge, due to the wide offers.

The Swiss Half Fare Card combined with the Swiss Family Card is for sure one of the best options, check below for details:
- www.myswissalps.com/sw isshalffarecard
- www.myswissalps.com/sw issfamilycard

The Jungfrau Travel Pass and the Regional Pass Bernese Oberland cover a different area and include slightly different destinations, see below links for details:
- www.myswissalps.com/re gionalpassberneseoberl and
- www.myswissalps.com/ju ngfrautravelpass
Check the "Where it's valid" tab of both links for details, inlc. a pdf map

Also make sure you read:
www.myswissalps.com/ca r

Best,
Steph

Alpine Ayer
Alpine Ayer
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Jun 17, 2019 - 5:44 PM in reply to rockoyster

Thank you. I did need headache medicine after working my way through the options using the spreadsheet...and came to the conclusion that I should bring my question to the forum. I appreciate your advice.

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