Bernina and Glacier Express seat seservations

Bernina and Glacier Express seat seservations

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Travelbug53
Travelbug53
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Mar 30, 2016 - 7:01 AM

How many days in advance can I purchase seat reservations for the Bernina and Glacier Express? I am traveling on June 13th and June 16th. I have already purchased an 8 day Swiss Travel Pass. When I try to make seat reservations on the Rhaetian Railway website, seats on the bus from Lugano Tirano show "unavailable". Thank you.

Arno
Arno
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Mar 30, 2016 - 8:10 AM

Hi Travelbug53,

Usually you can book seats 90 days ahead of time, or even more. I checked the bus for June 13 and found available seats. Actually none of the seats have been booked yet. Please see myswissalps.com/ berninaexpress/ tickets and also check the link under "More on other websites".

ytpng
ytpng
3 posts
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Apr 1, 2016 - 1:06 AM in reply to Arno

Hi Arno, may I check with you:

1) Can I book seats at the last minute (ie. 1 week before or even later than that? I am looking to travel to Switzerland from 6 to 13 June 2016 and I do not know when are the specific dates I will want to take the trains so soon.

2) How many days in advance should I book the seats for Glacier and Bernina express to ensure that I get to take the train (full route)?

Thank you.

msrajey
msrajey
26 posts
active member
Apr 1, 2016 - 1:20 AM

Hi,

I also have similar queries: If I purchase a swiss travel pass and wish to reserve a seat on glacier express on September 28, right now the rail Europe website shows only 1st class seats - why is this so? Does this mean the 2nd class are all fully reserved? How early can we reserve seats for travel in September 2016 - I used to think 90 days and hence, have yet to reserve any seats but now when I checked only 1st class seemed to be available and second class seats showed as N/A.

Isn't the swiss travel pass also valid only for 6 months from the date of purchase?

Arno
Arno
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Apr 1, 2016 - 4:45 AM in reply to ytpng

Hi ytpng,

You can book as late as you want. But, booking later increases the chance of seats being booked out. There's no guaranteed last booking date. Some trains may not be fully booked at all while others are booked out way in advance.

Arno
Arno
7722 posts
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Apr 1, 2016 - 4:50 AM in reply to msrajey

Hi msrajey,

Can you check the other link I recommended above as well?

The Swiss Travel Pass validity depends on how and where you buy it. Normally you would pick the first travel day during purchase and print the pass at home. If not, it could be valid for 6 or 12 months.

ytpng
ytpng
3 posts
new member
Apr 1, 2016 - 9:31 AM

Hi Arno,

I'm looking at taking both Glacier and Bernina express between 7 to 12 June 2016. From your experience, are these dates usually fully booked? (It's not really worthwhile for me to buy the swiss travel pass if there's no seats left... right?) What is your recommendation days in advance that I should book for these dates? Thank you!

Annika
Annika
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Apr 1, 2016 - 11:17 AM

Hi ytpng,

These trains are popular and can be fully booked, but it's hard to predict that for any specific date. So the best thing to do is book in advance, and it's up to you how much in advance would be comfortable for you. You could walk up to the ticket office the same morning and be able to get a seat, but it can be fully booked as well. Booking as early as possible is the only way to guarantee a seat.

A Swiss Travel Pass is always worthwhile as there are plenty of regular trains on the same route. Your trip does not depend on these special tourist trains. Please see:

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