Which product would best pair with a Eurail Global Pass for travel in Switzerland?

Hello -
Hoping to get guidance on what combination of Berner Oberland pass / Swiss passes to consider to complement our Eurail Global passes for an upcoming trip in June 2015. Assuming eligible for 25% discount of Berner trains. Assuming default of point to point tix with 25% discount only and not purchase multi-day passes.

Who: 3 adults + 2 teenagers (13 & 15 years old) with saver global Eurail passes
When: 5 days in Wengen area
Day 1 = Interlaken Ost to Wengen
Day 2 = Wengen to Lauterbrunnen and back to Wengen
Day 3 = Cable Car Wengen to Mannlichen, possible train KleinScheidig to Wengen
Day 4 = Cable Car Wengen to Mannlichen, train Grindelwald to Wengen (via Lauterbrunnen/Zwielutschinen)
Day 5 = Train Wengen to Interlaken Ost
No other dates planned in Switzerland

Q1: Does Eurail 25% discount also apply to Mannlichen cable car?
Q2: Does Berner Oberland have Family Card or Junior travel pass and would it make sense if we purchased point to point tix only?
Q3: Does Swiss Half Fare pass or Berner Oberland Pass make sense for itinerary above or would Eurail 25% + point to point tix?
Q4: If we were to switch out Day 4 and instead do Jungfraujoch, would we still be better off with 25% Eurail & point to point.tix?

Thanks for any direction/support. The websites are challenging to navigate the pricing on but it still seems like point to point with 25% discount may be most economical...

Patrice
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 07, 2015 21:29
    Thank you for your questions, Patrice.

    I'm sorry; however, we do not sell the Berner Oberland Pass, so I would not have any information on that. The best option would be dependent on your specific itinerary and many other factors.

    The Eurail Global Pass would enable you to receive a 25% discount on any travels between Interlaken, Wengen, Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald, Kleine Scheidegg, and Jungfraujoch. From what I can tell; however, it would not provide for any discount on the cable cars between Wengen and Männlichen (Luftseilbahn) or the gondolas between Grindelwald and Männlichen (Gondelbahn). Considering this, you could purchase the 'Swiss Half Fare Card' in combination with your Eurail Global Pass. The 'Swiss Half Fare Card' would entitle you to receive a 50% discount on any travels you do in the entire region, including the Luftseilbahn Wengen-Männlichen cable cars and the Gondelbahn Grindelwald-Männlichen gondolas.

    If you don't purchase the 'Swiss Half Fare Card', you would still be able to use your Eurail Global Pass to receive the 25% discount on your travels between Interlaken, Wengen, Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald, Kleine Scheidegg, and Jungfraujoch; however, you would likely have to pay the full fare for tickets on the Luftseilbahn and the Gondelbahn.

    You would just purchase your tickets locally in order to receive the 25% discount for your travels between Interlaken, Wengen, Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald, Kleine Scheidegg, and Jungfraujoch. We do offer a pass for travel between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch at the 25% discount (the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe'), but it is only valid for a time period of 24 hours once the travel has begun. Since it seems as though you plan on doing various trips in the region over the course of several days, you would purchase the tickets locally. To receive the 25% discount, you would just show your Eurail Global Pass when you go to purchase any of these tickets.

    You would purchase the 'Swiss Half Fare Card' here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/swiss-half-fare-card/index.html.
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  • Thanks, Jeff.

    I appreciate your detailed response and your research on the Luftseilbahn and Gondelbahn!

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