5 days in Switzerland with scenic train plan help

5 days in Switzerland with scenic train plan help

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Flurvin71
Flurvin71
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Mar 9, 2018 - 11:20 PM

I am hoping to be in Zurich onMonday 8th October and have to fly out from a major airport on the Friday 12th I would like to travel on at least Bernini express or Glacier Express and see as much as possible. Any itineraries assistance would be great.

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Mar 10, 2018 - 4:35 AM in reply to Flurvin71

Hi Flurvin,

When you say “a major airport” do you mean one near wherever you end up? Or did you have one in mind? In Switzerland or elsewhere, say Italy?

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Mar 10, 2018 - 6:25 AM in reply to Flurvin71

Hi Flurvin,

If you plan on incorporating scenic train trips into your itinerary, your overnight stops should be chosen with those routes and travel times in mind. There is a map of the panoramic routes to help with your planning: it is attached to the map showing where the Swiss Travel Pass is valid, and you can download it from the following page:

www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass/validity

Approximate travel times for the scenic routes (one way) are as follows:

  • Glacier Express from Zermatt to St Moritz: 8 hours
  • Bernina Express from Chur to Tirano: 4.25 hours
  • Golden Pass line (full) from Luzern to Montreux: 5 hours
  • Golden Pass Line (part) from Luzern to Interlaken Ost: almost 2 hours
  • Golden Pass line (part) from Interlaken Ost to Montreux: 3 hours
  • Gotthard Panorama Express (boat and train) from Luzern to Lugano: 5.5 hours
  • Palm Express (PostBus) from Lugano to St Moritz: almost 4 hours
  • Voralpen-Express from Luzern to St. Gallen: 2.25 hours
  • RegioExpress Lötschberger (full) from Bern to Brig: 1.75 hours
  • RegioExpress Lötschberger (part) from Spiez to Brig: Just over 1 hour
  • Centovalli Railway from Locarno to Domodossola: 1.75 hours

If you want to calculate travel time for short sectors along these routes, you can use the Swiss Timetable:

http://www.myswissalps .com/timetable

Alpenrose

Last modified on Mar 10, 2018 - 6:26 AM by Removed user
Flurvin71
Flurvin71
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Mar 10, 2018 - 10:04 PM in reply to rockoyster

Hi

I just need to get to an airport to depart on Friday 12th (afternoon or evening) to head home to Brisbane Australia

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Mar 10, 2018 - 10:15 PM in reply to Flurvin71

So your choices are Zurich, Geneva or Milan I guess. Bear that in mind when including any of the scenic train routes in your itinerary.

You might consider Zurich to Chur, Chur to Lugano (Bernina Express), Lugano to Lucerne (Gotthard Panorama Express), Lucerne to Montreux (Golden Pass Line). You would see a fair bit of the country and end up within easy reach of Geneva Airport.

There are an infinite number of permutations depending on how long you want to spend in trains versus how long you want to sit on a mountain gazing at the alps.

Use the Swiss Train Timetable (www.myswissalps.com/ti metable) to plan your travel. If you haven’t used it before it will pay to read the instructions on that page before delving into the timetable.

And work your way through “How to choose the best travel pass” (www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass).

Flurvin71
Flurvin71
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Mar 11, 2018 - 12:02 AM in reply to Removed user

Is it possible to do Zermatt to St Moritz glacier Express then St Moritz to Lugano Bernina express? Over two days!

looking at travelling Zurich to Zermatt on the Monday Zermatt to St Moritz Tuesday St Moritz to Lugano Wednesday then heading into Italy and fly out of Milan?

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Mar 11, 2018 - 12:16 AM in reply to Flurvin71

That will work just fine. You've got the hang of it now. 🤓

Look for GEX and BEX on the railway timetable. You will need reservations for both trips.

The Glacier Express follows the route Zermatt to St Moritz via Andermatt and Chur.

The BEX timetables are here www.rhb.ch/en/panorami c-trains/bernina-express#info

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Mar 11, 2018 - 1:49 AM in reply to rockoyster

Forgot to mention the Bernina Express connection from Tirano to Lugano is a bus. It requires reservation as well.

Apart from that you can of course follow both the GEX and BEX routes on regular trains. You just miss out on the panoramic windows and commentary and lunch service on the GEX.

Oh and as 1960man mentioned on this thread www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/04-days-lucerne-trip-itenary-advice - don't expect to see any glaciers on the GEX.

Last modified on Mar 11, 2018 - 1:51 AM by rockoyster

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