4 days trip to Switzerland

  • dhruba30
    2 posts
    16 April 2015 at 22:23:30 #807089

    We ( myself ,my wife and my daughter 3 years old) are planning to travel Switzerland during May 15th. to May 18th 2015. We will reach and leave from Zurich.We want to take ride through Bernina Express from Chur to Tirano, Interlaken to Jungfrau and oneday in Lucerne or Zermatt . If someone can advise me the tour plan. Whether rail pass for 4 days will be benificial for my case?

  • Annika
    7001 posts
    17 April 2015 at 14:09:48 #842531

    Hi dhruba30,

    You have picked destinations all across the country, which means you would travel to a different town every day. It’s not possible to include everything on your list in 4 days, but here’s a suggestion for you to look into:

    1. Travel to Chur;
    2. Bernina Express: travel to Tirano, then to Lugano;
    3. Travel to Zermatt;
    4. Travel to Lucerne via Interlaken (the Golden Pass line), and finally to Zurich.

    Please see the links above for more information and hotel suggestions, and see this planning page to create a detailed itinerary.

    A 4-day Swiss Travel Pass suits your plans. Please see here for prices and here for extra discounts. You can book the Bernina Express seat reservations while purchasing the pass.

    2 posts
    17 April 2015 at 21:17:22 #842532

    Dear Annika,

    Thanks for your advise. With having your suggestion whether the following plan can also be possible?

    1. Zurich to Lugano via Chur and Tirano.

    2. Lugano to Interlaken by train.

    3. Interlaken to Jangfrau and later to Lucerne.

    4. Lucerne to Zurich.

    7546 posts
    18 April 2015 at 0:22:04 #842533

    <<“whether the following plan can also be possible?

    1. Zurich to Lugano via Chur and Tirano.

    2. Lugano to Interlaken by train.

    3. Interlaken to Jangfrau and later to Lucerne.

    4. Lucerne to Zurich.”>>

    You can plan it yourself at:


    Without having looked into details, Tirano might be an issue. OTOH, there may be a bus between Tirano and Locarno or Lugano. That would be a long day.

    Why not simply go from Chur to Lugano directly?

    Step 2 should be OK.

    Step 3 will be a long day, but not impossible.

    Step 4 is 45 minutes to one hour.

    15042 posts
    18 April 2015 at 9:20:50 #842534

    Hello dhrhuba30,

    Zurich to Lugano via Chur and Tirano is possible in one day, but it’s a long trip. Whether it’s too long is for you to decide. Be sure to take the official Bernina Express to keep the number of changes limited so the trip is more comfortable.

    Your schedule for that day would be like this:

    • Zurich dep. 7:07 AM
    • Chur arr. 8:22 AM
    • Chur dep. 8:32 AM (Bernina Express train)
    • Tirano arr. 12:45 PM
    • Tirano dep. 2:20 PM (Bernina Express bus)
    • Lugano arr. 5:30 PM

    As Annika explained, all of this is free with the Swiss Travel Pass, but you need to book seats for the Bernina Express. Since you live in India you can arrange for all of that on raileurope.co.in/ pass/swiss-pass.

    The other days in your plan look fine to me.

    2 posts
    19 April 2015 at 21:02:38 #842535

    Thanks Arno for your advise.

    One more question which option is best to book train ticket from Interlaken to jungfraujoch ? Whether swiss pass is applicable for discount?

    15042 posts
    20 April 2015 at 9:23:13 #842536

    Hi dhruba30,

    You don’t need to book tickets in advance. Just go to the rail station on a good weather day, show your Swiss Travel Pass, and buy the tickets. Only in mid Summer it may occasionally be crowded enough to pre book tickets. Please see here and here for details. Of course you can decide to book tickets a few days ahead of time once you’re in Switzerland. But you need to be sure about the weather.

  • The thread ‘4 days trip to Switzerland’ is closed to new replies.

About MySwissAlps

We’re passionate tourists and locals. We share tips about how to plan a trip to Switzerland. MySwissAlps was founded in 2002.

Get a free account for a worry-free trip

  • Join our 9580 members and ask us questions in the forum
  • Access to member-only promotions
  • Detailed maps and weather forecasts

Don’t miss our tips and new promotions

Subscribe to our newsletter. You’ll receive practical tips and be alerted when there are new promotions.