Hello Nitin Zabak and welcome to the forum. If you'd like to travel according to the itinerary you mention, you don't have to book seats for the train journeys. You can just purchase your tickets on the spot (at a desk at the railway station or a ticketing machine, available in English as well) and get on board. Seat reservation is only required for traveling in special panoramic trains. An example is the Golden Pass
, which runs between Interlaken and Gstaad. If you'd like to travel in one of these trains (which, for example, have larger windows than regular trains) when getting to Gstaad, you should book your seats
in advance. In order to check possible train connections, please use the online timetable
. By the way, if you're travelling from Interlaken to Lucerne, I'd recommend that you select the beautiful route over the Brünig Pass.
The journey you describe is a wonderful one. It allows you to see some of Switzerland's highlights, including Jungfraujoch, Mt. Pilatus and Glacier 3000. What appeals to me as well, is that it still isn't a very tight schedule and that it does leave some room for exploring city centres and their surroundings. There are plenty of alternatives of course, but it's hardly possible to explore all of Switzerland within one week, so you simply have to select a few highlights and these ones would be just fine. If you travel by yourself (instead of participating in a pre-set tour operator program), this will offer flexibility and allow you to adapt your scheme to several circumstances, such as the weather.
If you follow this travel scheme, you'll definitely profit from a Swiss rail pass
. In your case, I think the Swiss Half Fare Card
would be the most economical option. It allows travelling throughout Switzerland with a 50% reduction and this would save you a lot.
You can book your hotels in Interlaken, Lucerne and Zurich through our booking system
. You might want to make us of a hotel close to Zurich Airport
with a (free) shuttle service.
I hope this gets you started!