Mar 19, 2016 - 9:47 PM
Four seniors traveling in early September 2016 from Geneva to Luzern wishing to experience the special scenery of Switzerland via the special trains available and are in a quandary as to the best route or train journey to take. I have read about the golden pass route, the 3 different trains and required transfers to go from Montreux to Luzern. I have read about the glacier express train, it's route from Zermatt to Chur and have several question I cannot find answers to. We can only do one of the two journeys, cannot do the entire glacier express route so was thinking Brig to Andermatt, then on to Luzern OR Brig to Chur, then on to Luzern, just to ride on part of the route and experience the Glacier Express. Alternatively take the Golden pass route to Luzern using the 3 trains. Question - is the 33 CHF seat fee required per ticket on the Glacier express no matter how far one rides, no matter where you get on or off?
What is your recommendation on which train or journey to take since we can do the entire Golden Pass route but would only be able to do a portion of the Glacier Express route, clearly the Glacier Express is more expensive, particularly if we must each pay the 33 CHF seat fee no matter the distance traveled. At this point we are not planning to purchase a Swiss Rail Pass. I have had difficulty using the timetable and fare portion of the schedule, it appears the Golden Pass Route only displays fares from 2015 so do need some help, please.
To summarize: Either route is fine for us; purely from a scenic perspective is one option better than the other for us as first time visitors, beginning in Geneva, ending in Luzern. Thank you so much. Nathan