2nd or 1st class Swiss trains last week of August?

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Nita
Nita
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Jun 24, 2018 - 2:41 PM

We are travelling from Aug 23rd to Sept 1st (10 days) using a Swiss Travel Pass.

  • If we buy 2nd class, will we find seats on all the scenic trains and boats? Or do you recommend buying 1st class?
  • As we are travelling 10 days, we are planning to buy 15 day Swiss Travel Pass. Is there a cheaper option to combine with an 8 day travel pass?
  • Does below itin look okay?

Zurich -1 day, Interlaken 2 days, Montreux-2 days, Zermatt-1 day, St. Moritz-2 days, Lugano-1 day, Zurich-1 day

Lucas
Lucas
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Jun 24, 2018 - 3:48 PM in reply to Nita

Hi Nita,

  • Scenic trains (noted here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/activities/sceni ctrips/train) require reservations so you'll get a seat with either 1st or 2nd class passes. Boats can't be reserved, but the only way to be on the top deck of a boat is with 1st class tickets. Also 1st class is typically quieter which can be nice in August with many tourists everywhere.
  • I don't think so. But it depends on your final itinerary. You can check rail passes against each other once you have finalized all the trips you'll take here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/train/ticketspas ses/practical/choosera ilpass
  • I'd extend a day in Lugano. St. Mortiz to Lugano is a long day more often than not. I'd cut 1 or both nights in Zurich to add a night or two to Lugano. Use the Swiss railways timetable to plan out your trips and see if the timing and duration work for you: https://www.myswissalp s.com/timetable
1960man
1960man
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Jun 25, 2018 - 12:27 AM

1st class is roomier but not always quieter than 2nd class

Lucas
Lucas
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Jun 25, 2018 - 6:24 AM in reply to 1960man

True. :) depends on who is in there! They like to try to keep it quiet though.

kim11
kim11
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Jun 25, 2018 - 8:26 PM

On boats you definitely want first class. If you have a 2nd class Swiss Travel Pass you can simply pay an upcharge to get a first class boat ticket.

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