Zurich to Wengen, Jungfraujoch, Wengen to Zermatt, Gornergrat, Zermatt to Zurich. Help with a family of six traveling 3 non-consecutive days? Best pass?

I have a family of six, ages 19-52 traveling together 3 days, plus excursions to Junfraujuch and Gonergrat. We are going from Zurich to Wengen, Wengen to Zermatt and Zermatt back to Zurich on non consecutive days. what is the best pass to purchase? the half fare? or the 3-day non consecutive pass. I also see there is a promotion if tickets are purchased before may 23 of getting some days free? Finally, it appears the ticket pass has to be mailed? How long does this typically take as our first day of travel is June 3. THANKS for the help
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 09, 2017 16:10
    Hi Dan,

    The current promotion, which runs until May 23rd, only applies to 2 different options of the Swiss Travel Pass; the 4 day 'consecutive' option and the 8 day 'consecutive' option. With the 4 day option, you would 1 free extra day for a total of 5 days. With the 8 day option, you would receive 2 free extra days for a total of 10 days. These specific options are able to be issued electronically. You would just have to be sure to select the listing that's labeled "e-pass". Only the consecutive versions of the Swiss Travel Pass have the option of being issued electronically. In contrast, the 'flexi' versions of the Swiss Travel Pass can only be issued as physical documents that would have to be shipped to you.

    Any order placed on our website can take 24 to 48 business hours to be processed. Should the item you purchase be issued as a physical document, you would also factor in the time it takes to ship, which would be an additional 2 to 3 business days if the option of standard delivery is chosen or an additional 1 business day if the option of express delivery is chosen.

    To purchase a Swiss Travel Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html.

    Zurich to Wengen

    The most feasible connections from Zurich to Wengen take just under 3 hours in duration and involve 3 train changes along the way; once in Bern, once in Interlaken, and then once in Lauterbrunnen. However, if you don't mind adding about 1 hour to your journey time, you can take a route that follows a segment of the famed GoldenPass scenic line through Lucerne. This option takes just under 4 hours in duration and involves 3 train changes along the way; once in Lucerne, once in Interlaken, and then once in Lauterbrunnen. The segment from Lucerne to Interlaken runs along the GoldenPass scenic line.

    On the GoldenPass from Lucerne to Interlaken, reservations are possible but not necessary. In contrast, reservations are not even accepted on trains from Zurich to Lucerne, Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, and Lauterbrunnen to Wengen, so the Swiss Travel Pass is all you would need to board.

    To view schedules from Zurich to Interlaken via Lucerne, you would just have to break up your search once in Lucerne. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Zurich to Lucerne and another search for connecting trains from Lucerne to Interlaken.

    If you'd like to have reservations for the leg from Lucerne to Interlaken, you would click on the 'Seat Reservations' tab when you do your search and indicate the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. ‘Swiss Travel Pass'). Generally, the trains from Lucerne to Interlaken can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    If you go with the option via Bern, reservations would still not be necessary on any of the segments. If you do a schedule search from Zurich to Interlaken, the options via Bern will display.

    Schedules from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen (Bernese Oberland Railway) are currently not able to be viewed on our website, but these trains depart once every 30 minutes throughout the day, and the ride only takes about 20 minutes.

    Schedules from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen (Wengernalp Railway) are also currently not able to be viewed on our website, but these trains depart once every 30 minutes throughout the day, and the ride only takes about 15 minutes.

    Wengen-Jungfraujoch

    To get from Wengen to Jungfraujoch, you would take the Wengernalp Railway from Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg and then the Jungfrau Railway from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch. If you wish, you can descend back down via the other route, which goes via Grindelwald. Therefore, you would take the Jungfrau Railway from Jungfraujoch to Kleine Scheidegg and then another branch of the Wengernalp Railway from Kleine Scheidegg to Grindelwald.

    To get back to Wengen from Grindelwald, you would take the Bernese Oberland Railway from Grindelwald to Zweilütschinen and Zweilütschinen to Lauterbrunnen, and then the Wengernalp from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen.

    Please note, the Swiss Travel Pass does not cover the Wengernalp Railway from Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg and the Jungfrau Railway from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch (nor does it cover the Wengernalp Railway between Kleine Scheidegg and Grindelwald). With that said, the Swiss Travel Pass does enable travelers to receive a discount of 25% for these segments. To receive this discount, you would purchase the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey from Grindelwald or Wengen - For Use Only With Swiss Travel Pass' option of a pass called the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe'. For this pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/jungfraujoch/index.html.

    On the 'Jungfrau Railway' between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' and have to be made locally at the stations in either Interlaken (Interlaken Ost), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen.

    Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch, whether you take the route via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen or the route via Grindelwald. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.

    At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.

    Wengen to Zermatt

    The most feasible connections from Wengen to Zermatt take just over 3 hours in duration and involve 4 train changes along the way; once in Lauterbrunnen, once in Interlaken, once in Spiez, and then once in Visp. Reservations are not necessary on any of these segments, so the Swiss Travel Pass is all you would need to board.

    Once again, schedules from Wengen to Lauterbrunnen and Lauterbrunnen to Interlaken are both currently not able to be viewed on our website.

    Trains from Wengen to Lauterbrunnen depart once every 30 minutes throughout the day, and the ride only takes about 15 minutes, while trains from Lauterbrunnen to Interlaken depart once every 30 minutes throughout the day with the ride only taking about 20 minutes.

    Trains from Interlaken to Spiez are also currently not able to be viewed on our website. These trains depart 3 times every hour, and the ride only takes 20-25 minutes.

    You can view schedules from Spiez to Zermatt by doing a search on our website. When you pull up the results of a search from Spiez to Zermatt, the train change in Visp will be reflected.

    Trains from Visp to Zermatt run along a portion of the famed Glacier Express scenic route. The other lines will be very scenic, as well.

    Zermatt-Gornergrat

    For Gornergrat, you would take the Gornergratbahn cogwheel train from Zermatt. The Swiss Travel Pass does not cover the Gornergratbahn, but it would enable you to receive a 50% discount. To receive the 50% discount, you would purchase the 'Zermatt to Gornergrat for Swiss Travel Pass Holder' option of the 'Gornergrat Mountain Peak' ticket here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/gornergrat/index.html

    In Gornergrat, there is an observatory with captivating views of the Matterhorn.

    Zermatt to Zurich

    Connections from Zermatt to Zurich take just under 3.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Visp along the way. On these trains, reservations are not necessary, so the Swiss Travel Pass is all you would need to board.

    You can view schedules from Zermatt to Zurich by doing a search on our website. When you pull up the results of a search from Zermatt to Zurich, the train change in Visp will be reflected.

    The segment from Zermatt to Visp would have you following a portion of the Glacier Express scenic line once again.
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