Vienna to Switzerland; where to go?

Vienna to Switzerland; where to go?

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id
id
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May 12, 2016 - 6:07 PM

Hi, We are travelling first week of July from Austria to Switzerland. We (2 adults and an eleven y.o.) are planning to stay in Switzerland for 6 days. We wanted to buy a Swiss train ticket - 4 consecutive days, and see some of the most of the popular sites (an understatement for sure). Which train should we get to travel from Vienna to Switzerland and what city should be our first destination? Any suggestions for the Switzerland itinerary? BTW, we are trying to save as much as possible. :)

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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May 13, 2016 - 11:53 PM in reply to id

Hi id-

When we travelled Switzerland to/from Vienna few years ago, the best rail option was Austrian Railways "Railjet" train service to/from Vienna/Zürich.

About an 8 hour trip.

Slowpoke

Arno
Arno
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May 14, 2016 - 10:24 AM in reply to id

Hello,

There are hundreds of options for a 4-day itinerary. Many first timers start with Lucerne as it's a nice city on the lake with lots to see and do close by. You may want to explore that option: myswissalps.com/ lucerne.

Further information to get started:

Alpenrose666
Alpenrose666
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May 15, 2016 - 6:16 AM in reply to id

>> Which train should we get to travel from Vienna to Switzerland and what city should be our first destination?

Hi id,

In July there are direct Railjet services from Vienna to Zürich daily at 7:30, 9:30, 13:30 and 15:30, with a travel time of 7 hours 50 minutes.

According to the ÖBB (Austrian Railways) timetable, all 4 services are very heavily booked on Fridays. On Saturdays, the two morning services are heavily booked, and on Sundays the two afternoon services are heavily booked, so reservations are strongly recommended on these services.

The Railjet services have a children's cinema area on board in second class. More information about this, and about the Railjet in general can be found here:

www.oebb.at/en/leistun gen-und-services/im-zug/sonderabteile

www.oebb.at/en/leistun gen-und-services/railjet

The ÖBB timetable is here:

fahrplan.oebb.at/bin/q uery.exe/en?

Between Innsbruck and the Swiss border, the trip is particularly scenic - mountains, valleys and villages. Here are some other features of the trip:

- Not too long after leaving Landeck-Zams station, there's a castle close by on the right-hand side, which is worth keeping an eye out for (Wiesberg Castle).

- Just after St Anton am Arlberg (where the train will stop), the train goes through a 10km tunnel under the Arlberg mountain range. When you emerge on the other side, if you look back in the direction you have come from there is a good view of the Arlberg massif.

-Shortly after Feldkirch, the train leaves Austria and travels through Liechtenstein for about 10 minutes before crossing the River Rhine (quite narrow at this point) and entering Switzerland at Buchs. At Buchs the train reverses direction, so you get the impression that you are heading back to Vienna! I've seen a few nervous passengers at this point!

-Between Sargans and Zürich, the train travels alongside the Walensee (Lake Walen, a narrow, very deep lake with the Churfirsten mountains rising steeply from the other side of the lake) and the Zürichsee (Lake Zürich).

Hope this is useful.

Alpenrose

Last modified on May 15, 2016 - 6:21 AM by Alpenrose666
Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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May 15, 2016 - 6:39 AM in reply to id

Luzern is about 45 minutes by train from Zürich main station. It is probably the best city for first time travelers to Switzerland. Two direct trains each hour from Zürich at xx04 and xx35, and some others with change of trains, often at Zug.

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id
id
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May 15, 2016 - 11:32 AM in reply to Slowpoke

Thank you!

id
id
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May 15, 2016 - 11:39 AM in reply to Alpenrose666

Thank you!

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