May 19, 2015 - 2:42 PM
Thanks for your post. The Swiss Transfer Ticket Combi works out slightly cheaper than the Swiss Half Fare Card. But the Swiss Transfer Ticket Combi requires you to travel from Geneva to Mürren via Bern instead of the Golden Pass line. So, in your case the Swiss Half Fare Card is fine. Sorry for not being clear earlier! You can purchase the Swiss Half Fare Cards through raileurope-world.com/ pass/swiss-half-fare-c ard or raileurope.com/ activities/swiss-half-fare-c ard/index.html. You can order along a free Swiss Family Card for your son.
The VIP seats in the front of the train are only available between Montreux and Zweisimmen. You can reserve the seats through tickets.goldenpass.ch. You should book seats for all travelers, children too. Select the front carriage and the front-most seats; these are the VIP seats. You only book seats on this website, not tickets.
There's nothing else to book in advance for the traveling within Switzerland. The discounted tickets can be purchased at the rail station of Geneva airport. Show them your Swiss Half Fare Cards, and explain your route and whether you prefer to travel 1st or 2nd class. In any case the section from Montreux to Zweisimmen should be 1st class, as the VIP seats are 1st class. The rest of the trip can be 1st or 2nd.
Your itinerary could be like this:
- Geneva airport dep. 1:54 PM
- Montreux arr. 3:04 PM
- Montreux dep. 3:44 PM
- Zweisimmen arr. 5:32 PM
- Zweisimmen dep. 5:38 PM
- Interlaken Ost arr. 6:18 PM
- Interlaken Ost dep. 7:05 PM
- Lauterbrunnen arr. 7:25 PM
- Lauterbrunnen dep. 7:31 PM
- Mürren arr. 7:51 PM
Please verify this in the timetable for your exact travel date.
The trip to Colmar is free to Basel. Most trains to Colmar don't require a reservation, so you can buy your tickets in Switzerland (50% discounted to Basel, not discounted beyond Basel). If you do prefer to purchase the Basel to Colmar tickets in advance, you can order them along with your Swiss Half Fare Cards through raileurope-world.com/train/tgv-lyria or raileurope.com/ european-trains/tgv-lyria/how-to-book.html.
Enjoy your stay and have a wonderful birthday!