We are traveling to Switzerland and France for our honeymoon, visiting Bernese Oberland followed by Provence. We’ve been researching the possible routes to get from Bernese Oberland to Provence and would appreciate any advice.
The current option we have is to travel on the regional trains from Wengen to Avignon (TGV). This requires us to make 5 changes with a max time of 10 mins per change. Total journey time is almost 8 hours and cost us CHF137 per person. Being unfamiliar with the train stations we don’t think the frequent changes with short windows are a wise option for us.
We have a few questions.
(i) Are the train changes generally straightforward? Such that we can possibly make the change in time? Not sure how big and complicated are the train stations so we are not sure if 10 mins for train changes are sufficient.
(ii) Is there any other better, faster route to get from Bernese Oberland to Provence? We are also visiting Zurich and Paris.
Day 1 Arrive in Zurich
Day 2 Leave for Bernese Oberland by train
Day 3 Explore Bernese Oberland area
Day 4 Leave B.O for Provence
Day 5-7 Explore Provence area
Day 8 Leave Provence for Paris
Day 9-10 Explore Paris
Day 11 Leave Paris for home
(iii) Does it make more sense for us to buy the Swiss rail pass? We are spending about 4 days in total in Switzerland. We saw the offer of 2-for-1 Swiss pass offer and are contemplating whether that will be a cheaper option. Being unfamiliar with the cost of local trains we can’t do a good comparison on the cost savings.
Thanks in advance for your help!
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