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Swiss Transfer Ticket - Can you stop along the way? Could you stop in Lucerne for a trip between Wengen and the Zurich Airport?

I would like to travel from Zurich Airport to Wengen on one day, then two days later return to Zurich Airport. The Swiss transfer pass seems good for this. However, I would like to stop at Lucern on the return journey for a few hours. I cannot find clear information about this - the terms says the destination must be reached within one day, but does not mention if you are allowed to stop. Also, it says you must take a direct journey. How is the 'directness' of a journey quantified? Is Wengen to Zurich 'direct' if you go via Lucern? Or must you go via Bern?

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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 04, 2016 18:55
    Hi Leigh,

    While it is said that travel done with the 'Swiss Transfer Ticket' would have to be done via "the most direct route", it is the case that alternate routes can be accepted for certain trips.

    The shortest connections between the Zurich Airport and Wengen go via Bern, but you can rest assured that the 'Swiss Transfer Ticket' would also be accepted for a route between these cities that goes via Lucerne. With that being the case, you can use your 'Swiss Transfer Ticket' to visit Lucerne on your way back from Wengen to the Zurich Airport.

    A connection from the Zurich Airport to Wengen via Bern takes just over 3 hours in duration and involves 3 train changes along the way; once in Bern, once in Interlaken, and then once in Lauterbrunnen.

    A connection from Wengen to the Zurich Airport via Lucerne would take just over 4 hours in duration and involves 3 train changes along the way; once in Lauterbrunnen, once in Interlaken, and then once in Lucerne.

    Reservations are not necessary on these trains, so the 'Swiss Transfer Ticket' would be all you'd need to board. For planning purposes, you can view schedules by entering a route on our homepage, www.raileurope.com.

    Connections such as these would just have to be pieced together when you do your search. Also, for schedules to/from the Zurich Airport, you would just have to be sure to type 'Zurich Airport' in the appropriate field. Therefore, for an outbound via Bern, you would do one search for trains from 'Zurich Airport' to Bern, another search for connecting trains from Bern to Interlaken, another search for connecting trains from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, and another search for connecting trains from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen.

    For a return connection via Lucerne, you would do one search for trains from Wengen to Lauterbrunnen, another search for connecting trains from Lauterbrunnen to Interlaken, another search for connecting trains from Interlaken to Lucerne, and another search for connecting trains from Lucerne to 'Zurich Airport'.

    The railway between Interlaken and Lauterbrunnen is known as the 'Bernese Oberland Railway'. The railway between Lauterbrunnen and Wengen is the 'Wengernalp'. The railway between Interlaken and Lucerne is the 'GoldenPass' scenic line.

    For the 'Swiss Transfer Ticket', you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-transfer-ticket/index.html
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 04, 2016 19:30
    If you'll be doing a day-trip to Jungfraujoch while you're in Wengen, then the most economical option for you would be to purchase the 'Swiss Transfer Ticket with Half Fare Card Combi', as opposed to just the 'Swiss Transfer Ticket'. By purchasing the 'Swiss Transfer Ticket with Half Fare Card Combi', you would be able to receive a 50% discount on your travel between Wengen and Jungfraujoch, as well as 50% discounts on any other excursions you plan on doing during your stay in Wengen.

    You would purchase the 'Swiss Transfer Ticket with Half Fare Card Combi' here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-transfer-ticket-with-half-fare-card-combi/index.... The 'Swiss Transfer Ticket' portion of this would still be valid to cover you for your travels between Zurich Airport and Wengen.

    To receive the 50% discount on the excursion between Wengen and Jungfraujoch, you would purchase the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey from Grindelwald or Wengen - For Use Only With Swiss Half Fare Card' option of the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' pass. The 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' would be purchased here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/jungfraujoch/index.html.

    This would cover you on the 'Wengernalp' between Wengen and Kleine Scheidegg, as well as the 'Jungfrau Railway' (the highest railway in Europe) between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch. You can also use this for the branch of the 'Wengernalp' between Kleine Scheidegg and Grindelwald.
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  • Hi Jeff,

    Thank you very much for your explanation, it has been very helpful.

    Cheers,

    Leigh
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