Travel to Basel Airport, Lucerne, Lake Brienz, Lake Thun, Niederhorn, Jungfraujoch, Lauterbrunnen, Trümmelbach Falls, Grindelwald, First Mountain, Harder Kulm, Heimwehfluh, The Schynige Platte Alpine Garden, Bern, Basel

We r 2 adult and 4 years old son planned to travel on may first week of 2015 round trip from Basel airport. Planning to stay in manor form alto gold. What will be the best pass if only we stay in Interlaken for five nights and sixdays on may and visit trummelbach falls, Jungfrau, cruise trip on lake thun ,St beatus caves, cable car to grindelwald first mountain, Alpine garden, harder kulm, heimweighflu.

Whether harder kulm is a place only for restaruent. ? I read there is a playground for children, but is that not worth if we don't dine in that restaurant? I also read view is good from here.

Whether full cost for cable car trip included in any pass, if so what? Is the pass name?

Whether full cost for cruise trip on lake thun or breinz included in any pass . If so please tell that pass name?

Please suggest a itinerary with the above places since I don't know duration of these places.

I m little confused whether all this places can be covered by bo pass?first mountain and Harder kulm able to visit by first week of may. I read bo pass validity to first mountain only for limited days.

Whether this bo pass allows unlimited travel to the areas mentioned in range validity map?
If we buy bo pass we may select some place from been on first and last day of our trip.
Whether this place become same sort, I would appreciate your ideas for sure.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) January 12, 2015 21:30
    Hello,

    The overall best option for your travels would depend on many different factors.

    There are direct trains from the city of Basel to Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland area (the direct trains from Basel to Interlaken also happen to stop in Thun and Spiez en route). You would take a bus or taxi in order to commute from the Basel Airport to the rail station in Basel. These buses depart about 6 to 8 times every hour, and the ride from the airport to the station only takes about 20 minutes.

    The closest rail station to Trümmelbach Falls is Lauterbrunnen, which is about a 20 minute train ride from Interlaken. From Lauterbrunnen, you would take a bus to get to the falls. The buses between Lauterbrunnen and Trümmelbach Falls depart twice every hour, and the ride only takes about 8 minutes.

    Jungfraujoch, Grindelwald, Harder Kulm, Lake Thun, and Lake Brienz can also all be accessed from Interlaken.

    Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen are located along 2 different routes between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch. Therefore, if you'll just be making one trip to the peak, you might want to take one route on your way up and then the other route on your way back down. For instance, if you ascend via Grindelwald, you might want to descend via Lauterbrunnen or Wengen.

    If you happen to purchase the Swiss Travel Pass, it would cover as far as Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen/Wengen on the route between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch. This pass also would cover the buses between the Basel Airport and the Basel rail station, trains between Basel and Interlaken, and buses between Lauterbrunnen and Trümmelbach Falls, as well as the boat cruises on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. The Swiss Travel Pass would also make you eligible to receive a 50% discount on the cable cars between Interlaken and Harder Kulm.

    With regard to Jungfraujoch, you would have a couple of different options as a supplement to the Swiss Travel Pass: The 'Jungfrauch Top of Europe' mountaintop excursion or the 'Jungfrau VIP Pass'.

    The 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' covers a roundtrip between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch (via Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen/Wengen), but the roundtrip would have to be done within a 24 hour time period once the journey has begun. Otherwise, the 'Jungfrau VIP Pass' is valid to cover any travel in the Jungfraujoch region over the course of 3 days. This includes travel on the routes between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch via Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen/Wengen.

    You would purchase the 'Swiss Travel Pass' here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html.

    The 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' would be purchased here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/jungfraujoch/index.html.

    For travel with a Swiss Travel Pass, you would purchase the 'Grindelwald or Wengen to Jungfraujoch for Swiss Travel Pass Holder' option of the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe'

    The 'Jungfrau VIP Pass' would be purchased here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/jungfrau-vip-pass/index.html.

    For travel with a Swiss Travel Pass, you would purchase the '3 Consecutive Days - For Use Only With Swiss Travel Pass or Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland' option of the 'Jungfrau VIP Pass'.
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  • Hello, I am more confused now. There is not much price difference between Basel to bern or Basel to thun . So I thought apart from Basel to bern , Bernese Oberland pass covers bern,luzern, Interlaken areas. I also mentioned we would like to travel for six days. It seems the price difference to Swiss pass for 8 days is more than bernese Oberland pass six days.

    Whether using Swiss travel pass or bo pass, can we travel many times on same route / train. Coz I read, we need to spend full day to travel jungfrau, in that case, we might have to go trummelbach falls on next day and to first mountain cable car another day via grindlewald.

    We more spend nearby interlaken mountain areas only as I said, harder kulm, alpine garden, hemweighflue, cruise trip to lake then and St mt caves.

    Whether actual fare for two adults to and back from Basel to bern and Bernese Oberland pass work out well?

    Here is my itinerary for six days
    Day 1
    Basel to Luzern with actual fare for two adults and from Luzern bo pass works by 2 pm so visit to lion monument and kapell bridge and travel to manor form thun
    Day 2
    Boat trip from lake thun St mt caves, bus trip to beaterns burg, cable trip to niederhorn
    Day 3
    Jungfrau ascending one way and descending from other way whether visit to trummelbach falls can be done along with jungfrau trip?
    Day 4
    Trummelbach falls , harder kulm I read both takes half day only.
    Day 5
    First mountain via grindlewald and interlaken local or heimweighflue or alpine garden
    Day 6
    Return from manor form thun to bern in the morning visit to bear park, Rosen garden and in the afternoon start to basel for catching 9 pm flight. Here we pay actual fare for two adults from bern to Basel

    Plz make sure between day two to day five all train bus boat fares covered by bernse Oberland pass?
    For two adults travelling together all the time two seperate adult pass needed to buy for either Swiss travel pass or Bernese Oberland pass? Am I correct?

    Your answer to each of my question helps a lot to me. Thank you.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) January 13, 2015 18:48
    Hi,

    I'm sorry, I didn't know what you were referring to by "bo pass" initially, as that is not something that we sell.

    Through us, you can purchase either the Swiss Travel Pass that I mentioned above or regular point-to-point tickets. However, with regular tickets, the boats on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz wouldn't be covered, nor would the buses between Lauterbrunnen and Trümmelbach Falls and the buses between Basel Airport and the rail station in Basel. Additionally, you would have to purchase options of the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' or 'Jungfrau VIP Pass' specific to travel with regular point-to-point tickets.

    The Lake Thun boat calls at Beatenbucht, where you would board the funicular to begin the trip up to Niederhorn (the funicular goes to Beatenberg, where you would switch to the chairlift up Niederhorn). Otherwise, Beatenbucht can be accessed by buses from Interlaken or Thun. If you happen to purchase the Swiss Travel Pass, you would be covered on the Lake Thun boat (or the bus between Interlaken or Thun and Beatenbucht). With the Swiss Travel Pass, you would also be able to receive a 50% discount on the journey up to Niederhorn from Beatenbucht.

    Trümmelbach Falls is an 8 minute bus ride from Lauterbrunnen, which is located along the route between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch that goes via Wengen. Therefore, you can visit Trümmelbach Falls during your ascent or descent. Once again, a Swiss Travel Pass would cover the buses between Lauterbrunnen and the Trümmelbach Falls.

    A Swiss Travel Pass would enable you to receive a 50% discount on the cable cars between Grindelwald and First as well. Since First is accessed by cable cars from Grindelwald, this can also be done en route between Interlaken and Jungfrau.

    A Swiss Travel Pass also would enable you to receive a 50% discount on the funicular to Heimwehfluh (the Heimwehfluhbahn) in Interlaken.

    The Alpine Garden is located off the Schynige Platte stop of the Schynige Platte cog railway. You would board the Schynige Platte train in the town of Wilderswil, which is just a 4 minute train ride from Interlaken, so it's pretty much right there. Please note, however, the Schynige Platte railway doesn't begin operating until late May. It runs from the end of May to the end of October, so it would only be possible to get to the Alpine Garden within this time frame. The Schynige Platte railway would not be fully covered with a Swiss Travel Pass, but the Swiss Travel Pass would entitle you to receive a 50% discount just like with all the cable cars.

    Without the Swiss Travel Pass, you wouldn't be able to receive the 50% discount on the Schynige Platte railway or any of the cable cars and funiculars mentioned above. Also, as I alluded to above, you wouldn't be covered on the Lake Thun and Lake Brienz boats, nor would you be covered on the Basel Airport and Trümmelbach Falls buses.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) January 13, 2015 19:04
    Perhaps your best option would actually instead be to purchase the 'Swiss Half Fare Card' for all your travels, which would enable you to receive 50% off all the trips you mentioned, including the trains, buses, cable cars, funiculars, boats, and the Schynige Platte cog railway. With the Swiss Half Fare Card, half-price tickets for the trains can be purchased at half-price only by calling us at 1-800-622-8600 and half-price tickets for the buses, cable cars, funiculars, boats, and Schynige Platte railway would have to be purchased locally.
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