4 day Swiss visit in early Oct good time to go?

4 day Swiss visit in early Oct good time to go?

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SuparnaC
SuparnaC
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Jun 22, 2018 - 6:34 PM

Hi All,

Mu husband & I are planning a trip in the first week of Oct to Switzerland. We have some concerns & seek your help:

1. Is Oct a good time to visit the Swiss at all, considering the sun will set at 7pm compared to 9.30pm now?

2. We plan to include Zurich, Interlaken, Jungfraujoch in our itinerary. Are these feasible? ur tentative travel dates:

2nd Oct: Early morn train from Paris to Zurich

Return, 6th Oct: Early morn train form Zurich to Paris

3. How are the night trains? Can we opt for these instead of the day ones? This way we can end up saving hotel money. But how safe are these?

4.For accomodation, shall we opt for AirBnb or hostels? Our aim is to save money, but at the same time a private & comfortable stay.

Thanks a lot in advance!

-Suparna

Lucas
Lucas
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Jun 23, 2018 - 3:02 PM in reply to SuparnaC

Hi SuparnaC and welcome to MySwissAlps!

  1. Yes, early October can be a good time to visit Switzerland - especially for hiking. Read more about weather and seasons in Switzerland here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/weather What are you interested in doing when you are here?
  2. Yes, 4 days is plenty for those 3 areas. You can use the Swiss railways timetable to plan out trips: https://www.myswissalp s.com/timetable
  3. There are no night trains between Paris and Zurich that I am aware of. The trip is only about 4 hours.
  4. Private rooms in hostels are quite comfortable and private and a good way to save some money. https://www.myswissalp s.com/hostels
SuparnaC
SuparnaC
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Jun 23, 2018 - 3:29 PM in reply to Lucas

Thanks Lucas! But if the days are short, won’t it be a waste to go then? I mean we won’t really be able to make the most of it. We are mainly interested in the natural beauty, mostly travel by trains, but not hiking

Arno
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Jun 23, 2018 - 9:57 PM in reply to SuparnaC

Hi Suparna,

Days are shorter than in June but not too short to explore and enjoy nature. You'll still have daylight from about 7:30 AM to 7 PM. Most cable cars close at 6 PM anyway. The evenings are not the time to be in the mountains regardless of the season. I'd say go and enjoy!

There are plenty of easy short walks. I recommend to do a few so you can see places you'd miss from a cable car or train. No need to do serious hiking for hours.

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Last modified on Jun 23, 2018 - 10:01 PM by Arno
Lucas
Lucas
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Jun 24, 2018 - 2:59 PM in reply to SuparnaC

I think the days are long enough in October that you'll won't miss having the extra 2 hours. As Arno says you'll be down off the mountains anyway and most likely somewhere eating Fondue - which is great. :)

If you have the flexibility to travel in June or July or August the days will be longer and warmer but early October is quieter and still lots to fill your days.

SuparnaC
SuparnaC
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Jun 24, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Hey, thanks for the help & encouragement! I am reconsidering my plans now!😝

so, if I am going from Paris, and if I definitely want to visit Jungfraujoch, which city should be my base? I was looking at the golden pass train route and it looks quite interesting.also, what are the chances of experiencing snow at that time? Also though I read a lot about travel passes & their benefits, when I calculated, it seems they are ending up being more expensive. Am I looking at it wrongly?

Lucas
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Jun 25, 2018 - 6:02 AM in reply to SuparnaC

Any of the towns noted on our Jungfrau region page will work for a base: https://www.myswissalp s.com/jungfrauregion. Interlaken is the biggest and least "scenic" I'd say but a super convenient location for trains and boat cruises. The other towns are smaller Swiss villages located in the mountains and are very scenic.

You'll get snow at Jungfraujoch but not on the Golden Pass route: https://www.myswissalp s.com/goldenpass/getti ngthere

It is possible on short visits with limited transit use that a rail pass offers no benefits but with Jungfraujoch a Swiss Half Fare Card or Swiss Travel Pass usually work out well.

I'd compare those passes again and use our excel sheet to help with the math (if you haven't already?)

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