Help with itinerary for travel in Oct

Help with itinerary for travel in Oct

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meghnat
meghnat
3 posts
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Oct 7, 2011 - 8:42 AM
Traveling from London with my husband to Switzerland on 21st Oct for 10 days andinterested in exploring and seeing as much as we can...below the itinerarywe have put together and request feedback on whether our itineraryis feasible and second are we covering all the major cities and sites.
Based on the itinerary need help on which travelpass would best serve our needs. Are there are current promotions on travel passes we can avail of?
Also any recommendations on hotels/b&b's/Hostels and must see/must do in these cities would be super helpful too.
Thanks for helping us!
Meghna
21 Land in Zurich and stay overnight
22 Leave for Luzern in afternoon andstay over nite
23 visit glacier and stay in luzernor leave for St. Moritz ( train leave at 4.30pm and reach at 9:00pm)
24 Leave in morning from luzernfor Lugano (2:30 Hrs) or leave from St. Moritz in Bernina express toLugano ( 4Hrs) and stay in Lugano
25 Stay in Lugano
26 Take morning train to catchGlacier express from Andermatt to go to Zermatt and stay nite in Zermatt
27 Leave for interlaken in afternoonand stay in interlaken.
28 Stay in interlaken and visit Thunand Bern.
29 Leave post lunch for Geneva inGolden pass train (around 3 Hrs), stay in Geneva.
30 Take day trip to Lausanne (30min)and fly back to London.
Annika
Annika
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Oct 9, 2011 - 8:27 AM
Hello Meghna, and welcome to the forum! Your itinerary is quite impressive. It's a bit full, but very efficient if you wish to see as much as you can during your stay in Switzerland. Just note that a visit to Bern (October 27) takes a few hours from Interlaken. You may also choose to stay in or near the town, explore on of the lakes or make the beautiful train trip up to Kleine Scheidegg (if weather is fine). A note on October 24: the Bernina Express bus between Tirano and Lugano won't run that day (the summer timetable including these buses ends at October 23). You can still get to Lugano however, using a regional bus and train. You seem to have already discovered the official timetable, allowing you to plan each trip in detail.

As for a rail pass: since you'll be traveling that much, you should definitely consider the 8 day Swiss Saver Pass for October 22-29. The last day trip to Lausanne would have to be made with regular tickets, but that's a rather short and inexpensive trip. On all 8 days of its validity, the Swiss Saver Pass offers free traveling in the trains you mention. The only extra costs will be the reservation fees that have to be paid for special scenic trains such as the Glacier Express and Bernina Express. Current prices with different resellers will be displayed if you enter your country of residence and other details in the upper right corner of the Swiss Pass page.

Hotels can be found through the hotel page. Please check the airport hotel pages for Zurich and Geneva for hotels that are located near the airport and/or city centre.
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:35 PM by Arno
meghnat
meghnat
3 posts
new member
Oct 10, 2011 - 12:37 PM
Hi Annika...thankyou so much for your prompt and helpful response. Just want to appreciate the effort you put in to answer all queries and help folks like myself have a wonderful trip to this beautiful country. Thanks again!
Annika
Annika
4355 posts
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Oct 11, 2011 - 2:44 PM
You're welcome Meghna, glad I could help. Have fun preparing for your trip!
meghnat
meghnat
3 posts
new member
Oct 17, 2011 - 12:01 PM
Hi Annika, some very quick logistics questions. Hope you can help
  • Does the Swiss pass work on all local transport including trams, boats, buses and trains (For example Can I use the Swiss pass on the train to get from Zurich airport to city centre)
  • I have got the swiss pass but wanted to check on which trains I need seat reservations. Can we get our reservations at the train station before boarding the train or does it need to be done in advance over the net.
  • Do the Bernina express and the Glacier Express leave from the regular train stations or are there designated stations for these trains.

Thanks

Meghna
Annika
Annika
4355 posts
expert &
moderator
Oct 18, 2011 - 3:12 AM
Hi Meghna. Yes, the Swiss Pass offers free public transportation in many larger cities. They're indicated by a red dot on the validity map we link to from the Swiss Pass page.

Regular trains don't need seat reservation. This only goes for scenic trains such as the Bernina Express and the Glacier Express. Such popular tourist trains can best be reserved well in advance online. More information is available in our FAQ and the seat reservation page. The Bernina Express and the Glacier Express leave from regular train stations. Timetables can be found here and here. Both are included in the general Swiss timetable too.

I hope this helps you out! Best regards,
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:35 PM by Arno

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