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Old 25.07.2011, 18:02
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The GA pass and the Bernese Oberland

Hello everyone. I live in Goldiwil and my family and I love going over to Grindewald and speeding time riding the aerial trams . There is an AWESOME playground for kids on the Bort station of the tram in Grindewald. Anyway, I know that they give discounts for the half fare card on the trams, but what is the deal with the GA card and trams? I know that you can travel on all trains, boats and busses, but I wonder about the arial trams. Can someone tell me how the GA card works with them? (I.E Jungfrau, Schilthornbahn etc.) thanks.
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Re: The GA pass and the Bernese Oberland

An aerial tram? Is that like a cable car? I shudder to think of a Zürich tram going airborne!
With a GA, you can travel on most trains for free (except for some private ones), and on most boats (except for some private ones), and on pretty much all buses.
For cable cars, gondolas, funiculars, mountain railways etc, you can expect to pay half price like you would with a half fare card. I'm pretty sure that applies to both the Jungfraujoch and the Schilthorn. Of course some don't offer any discount because they're not affiliated with the SBB in any way.

For a good overview map see the SBB's GA page and see the "Übersichtskarte".
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Re: The GA pass and the Bernese Oberland

The discount for the Jungfraubahn is 50%. That is the discount offered for the Swiss Pass.

The main ski resorts (e.g. Davos, Crans/Montana) don't tend to offer any discount on the cable cars.

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Re: The GA pass and the Bernese Oberland

I've been told that the cable car up Rigi is free with a GA. I've yet to test this theory, not being in the country yet.
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I've been told that the cable car up Rigi is free with a GA. I've yet to test this theory, not being in the country yet.
Both trains and the cable car are free with a GA.
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Re: The GA pass and the Bernese Oberland

Thanks. Seems like the half fare card and the GA give about the same discount on the trams. Helps me make my decision.
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Hi there,

In the Jungfrau Region - The GA is valid for free travel to Grindelwald, Wengen and Muerren (either via Gruetschalp or Stechelberg). Otherwise it is valid for a 50% discount on all other transport in the area (to Kleine Scheidegg, Schilthorn, Maennlichen, First etc) with the EXCEPTION of Kleine Scheidegg to the Jungfraujoch where you only get 25% discount (and this is the most expensive stretch obviously!) and the Pfingstegg cable car in Grindelwald which gives only a small discount. It is therefore cheaper to go to the Jungfraujoch with a half price card rather than the GA - approx CHF 85 (from Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen) with the half price card and CHF 115 with the GA.

Edit - this applies to the Swiss Flexi Pass too - only 25% discount on the KS - JFJ stretch either on the free days or the not free days. More info on passes at swisstravelsystem.ch

I am not sure about the Grindelwald busses and can't find the info on the website but AFAIK they are not completely free with the GA there is at least a special mountain bus supplement to pay.

Hope this helps - you can find more info on jungfraubahn.ch and myjungfrau.ch.

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The GA map that I posted previously shows 50% discount for Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch. The Swiss Pass discount is 25% from Grindelwald or Wengen right through to Jungfraujoch.

There were no discounts for the Grindelwald buses with a Swiss Pass. I believe the same applies for a GA.
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There were no discounts for the Grindelwald buses with a Swiss Pass. I believe the same applies for a GA.
The synoptic GA map shows half price on the route from Grindelwald over Grosse Scheidegg to Meiringen. I think this is operated by a mixture of Grindelwald Bus and Postauto, so maybe it depends which one you catch.
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The synoptic GA map shows half price on the route from Grindelwald over Grosse Scheidegg to Meiringen. I think this is operated by a mixture of Grindelwald Bus and Postauto, so maybe it depends which one you catch.
I have always assumed that the bus routes on the synoptic maps referred to PostAuto only, but, I may be wrong. In the main town/city centres the local bus/tram companies are included.
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The GA map that I posted previously shows 50% discount for Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch. The Swiss Pass discount is 25% from Grindelwald or Wengen right through to Jungfraujoch.

There were no discounts for the Grindelwald buses with a Swiss Pass. I believe the same applies for a GA.
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