Jun 1, 2016 - 3:42 AM
in reply to Annika
I'm glad to see you have the internet problems fixed!
You mentioned on your May 20 response above that a very common route Grindelwald-Chiasso is via Luzern-Bellinzona (or Lugano). On SBB I looked at this route and found that instead of 6 changes (interlaken, Spiez, Brig, Domodossola, Lucarno, Giubiasco) it would only be 3 (Interlaken, Luzern, Bellinzona), and a bit cheaper, and about the same length of time. So my first question is which is more scenic - the Centovalli route or the Gotthard? Both routes have a few tunnels, but we would pick the route with fewer changes if it is as scenic. Also, part of that alternate route via Luzern is the Wilhelm Tell Express (Fluelen and beyond) - would I need seat reservations for that part of the trip (Fluelen-Chiasso)?
One more question - as a first time train traveler in Switzerland (we drove around in 2012) we wonder about the connections. For example, the 6-stop trip has a 5-minute connection at Interlaken for Spiez, and a 4 minute connection at Brig for Domodossola - can we count on that? We will have some luggage but would be prepared to run if we could at lest count on 4 or 5 minutes. I've looked on Google Earth and those stations appear to be pretty small, so it just depends if the trains arrive on time. Would appreciate your experience on this.
Thanks - and its good to see you're back on line!