Jul 19, 2021 - 3:48 PM
First off the website is fantastic and I realize these questions have likely both been asked and 4 days is a whirlwind trip. We will be in Nice, France prior to traveling to Switzerland and then flying out of Zurich to return home. I personally would really like to see some of the scenic mountains via rail but have found it a little complicated to book tickets. Specifically comparing rail pass prices to individual tickets. More confusing I have seen that the specific time on a train ticket is not needed?
Understanding that we likely do not have time to take the longer trains through the Alps, I was looking at the Montreux to Zurich going through Lucerne and Interlaken. I thought the GoldenPass went from Montreux to Lucerne but I saw another thread describing otherwise and using the timetable showed a lot of long gaps with changeovers for such a trip. I am also wondering if I would even really see what I was interested in...not that I won't enjoy the view regardless.
Right now I am thinking to fly from Nice to Geneva (or could do Zurich) to get there quickly. Spending 1 day in Lucerne and 2 days in Zurich with the last day likely being the traveling from Nice to Lucerne and stopping at some cities in between.
Really I am debating if I should try to do one of the scenic train routes as a priority, but the travel time from Nice to said destinations combined with the length of the train routes seems a lot. I would really like the flexibility of stopping at various cities along the way if it seems interesting. If I book a ticket from Montreux to Lucerne, could we hop off and back on later without issue? Forgive me from asking a simple question, but how much can we see the mountains from these cities?