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Train Pass for Roundtrip between Zurich and Wengen. While Wengen plan on using the train, cable cars, boats, etc. Swiss Card vs. Swiss Pass

I will be with with my wife (both of us are seniors)going from Zurich to Wegen on 8/28 and returning to Zurich 9/4. While in Wegen we will be using train, cable cars boats etc. while we hike and see the sights. What is the pass pass to buy?

Thanks for your assistance.

Ronnie
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 15, 2012 18:50
    Hi Ronnie,

    For the requested travel, I would recommend purchasing the Swiss Card. The Swiss Card is a pass that allows for the inbound and outbound transfer between any Swiss airport or bordertown and any single destination in Switzerland. Zurich would count as an airport for your specific travel. Therefore, this pass would cover your roundtrip between Zurich or Zurich Airport and Wengen. The inbound and the outbound must be completed within a time frame of 1 month and must done via the most direct routes. You would purchase the Swiss Card by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket....

    The Swiss Card also entitles you to receive 50% discounts on any travel in Switzerland that falls between your inbound and your outbound trips, including boats. postal buses and mountain cable-cars.

    Since you'll be in Wengen, I assume you plan on making the trek up the Jungfraujoch. You would be able to purchase your Jungfraujoch Top of Europe mountaintop excursion at a discounted rate for Swiss Card holders. You would purchase ths pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/....

    Since you would be traveling with a Swiss Card, you would purchase the 'Grindelwald or Wengen-Jungfraujoch/Swiss Card' option of the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe mountaintop excursion.

    For planning purposes, you can just view the schedules for trains between Zurich Airport and Wengen under 'Check Fares and Schedules' or 'Find Fares & Schedules' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. A connection between Zurich or Zurich Airport and Wengen involves 3 train changes along the way; once in Bern, once in Interlaken and the once in Lauterbrunnen. To view this route, you would piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. These trains don't accept reservations, so the Swiss Card is all you would need to board.
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  • Jeff

    Thanks for your quick and thorough answer to my questions. A few more questions

    Is there any advantage monetary or time in purchasing online or can i purchase in the airport/train station in Zurich?
    How easy or difficult will it be to move my luggage from one train to another?

    Would a .Swiss Flexi pass be better?

    Thanks once again for all your help.

    Ronnie Herrmann
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 15, 2012 21:48
    Hi Ron,

    If you will be doing other traveling around Switzerland, then I would recommend purchasing the Swiss Pass (Swiss Flexi Pass), as opposed to the Swiss Card. I only recommended the Swiss Card, because your trip consists only of a roundtrip between Zurich and Wengen, with what I understood to be your only other travels centered around Wengen.

    The Swiss Pass is unique in that it covers the entire Swiss Travel Network, including buses and boats. It doesn't just cover the trains as other passes do. Therefore, you might want to consider this instead of the Swiss Card if this sound like it would suit your needs. The Swiss Pass also allows for entry to over 400 museums and discounts on various hotels and guided tours.

    To view costs and information for the Swiss Pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket....

    To view the bonuses offered, you would click the tab for 'Travel Bonuses' once you have accessed the page for this pass.

    There is no checked luggage for the great majority of trains in Europe. Passengers carry their luggage on board the train with them. Sufficient luggage storage is provided in both 1st and 2nd Class. There will be room for luggage storage above and below each seat, as well as at the end of the train car in certain cases. A typical amount of luggage is 2 large items per person, plus one smaller item.

    There is, however, a unique service offered in Switzerland for the transport of luggage.

    To arrange for your luggage to be transported from the airport on to your destination, you would purchase the 'Fly Rail Baggage'. You can purchase the Fly Rail Baggage by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/....

    Since the luggage would have to pass through customs, it will arrive at the final destination (Wengen) up to 12 hours after arriving at the airport.

    To arrange for your luggage to be transported between stations in Switzerland, you would purchase the 'Fast Baggage'. You can purchase the Fast Baggage by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/....

    With this service, you would have to check in your luggage by 9:00 AM and then you would be able to collect it at your destination by 6:00 PM on the same day.

    These services are not offered in any other part of Europe.

    We recommend purchasing these items in advance, prior to departing for Europe. It can be a gigantic hassle to worry about purchasing the correct items after arriving on your vacation, and you would avoid waiting and lines.
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  • Jeff You are truly incredible in the speed and information of your answers.

    A few more questions

    Is the difference in the price between the Swiss pass and the Swiss card worth it?

    Our trip is as follows. Arrive day Tuesday September 28th Zurich airport and immediately go to Wegen, stay in Wegen untill the following Tuesday September 4th, go to Zurich spent Tuesday night there and fly out of Zurich Wednesday evening. In Wegen. We plan day trips every day. Any suggestions, we don't mind 12 hr days including light to some days of medium hiking.

    Would it be possible to call and speak directly to you?
    You are better than a travel agent!

    Thanks gain for all your help.

    Ronnie
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  • Jeff You are truly incredible in the speed and information of your answers.

    A few more questions

    Is the difference in the price between the Swiss pass and the Swiss card worth it?

    Our trip is as follows. Arrive day Tuesday September 28th Zurich airport and immediately go to Wegen, stay in Wegen untill the following Tuesday September 4th, go to Zurich spent Tuesday night there and fly out of Zurich Wednesday evening. In Wegen. We plan day trips every day. Any suggestions, we don't mind 12 hr days including light to some days of medium hiking.

    Would it be possible to call and speak directly to you?
    You are better than a travel agent!

    Thanks gain for all your help.

    Ronnie
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 16, 2012 14:43
    You're welcome, Ron. The question to purchase the Swiss Card or the Swiss Pass would probably depend on your specific day trips from Wengen. For assistance determining your best option, please feel free to call us at 1-800-622-8600, and you can give us a general idea of places you might like to visit from Wengen. At this point, I'm thinking your best option would be to go with the Swiss Card, but you might be better served to call. Paradoxically, the discount on the Jungfraujoch mountaintop excursion is more with the Swiss Card than with the Swiss Pass. On the other hand, the other bonuses offered with the Swiss Pass are so accommodating and bounteus, it's utility is hard to deny. There is the free entry to over 400 museums, as well as the coverage of boats and buses all throughout Switzerland.

    If you do purchase the Swiss Pass, you can do so at the 'Saver' rate, as long as there will be 2 more passengers in your party traveling together at all times. Once you enter the number of passengers traveling on the page for the Swiss Pass on our website, you would just click 'Yes' where it says 'Special prices are offered for 2 or more travelers. Is everyone in your party traveling together at all times?', and you would then be quoted the Saver rate.
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