7 days in Zurich and Wengen - questions

7 days in Zurich and Wengen - questions

Print this page
Create an account to receive an e-mail when someone replies to this thread
Posts: 12
Pzak
Pzak
8 posts
new member
Jun 24, 2018 - 8:41 PM

hi,

thank you very much for the guidance received for my first thread. You guys are doing an amazing job!!! after going though all the links provided, i have somewhat finalized my trip.

Day1 Zurich, couple of hours city tour, lucern and mount pilatus

Day2 gotthard-bernina-circular-tour

Day3 off to Wengen, lucern to Intelaken by Golden Pass Line

Day4 Zermat/Matterhorn/Gornergrat ( i am not sure this can be done in one day..??)

Day5 Grindelwald/schilthron/murren

Day6 Jungfraugh/Interlaken or thun

Day7 return to Zurich via Bern (flying back in the evening)

please have your comments on above and any other suggestions.

need some advice on below as well:

since i am travelling with my 4 years old kid, would like to add a chocolate/cheese factory visit in between. where can i fit that in? do i need to book all train trips in advance? or can i purchase it at the station?

going through the 'railpass calculation excel', i think getting a Swiss Travel Pass will benefit me.. right?

is it better to do all train/mountain trips booking in advance or can it be done through the travel desk in the hotel or through some other source once I am in Zurich? is there any major difference in first class and second class seats in trains in terms of comfort? is there any extra charges to be paid for carrying our luggage in golden pass line and other routs (zurich-wengen-zurich) ?

Thank you very much in advance.

Lucas
Lucas
7106 posts
expert &
moderator
Jun 25, 2018 - 11:30 AM in reply to Pzak

Hi Pzak,

Day 1: A busy day here. I'm guessing you fly in early and aren't spending much time (if any) in Lucerne before going to Pilatus.

Day 4: This can be done in 1 day yes. Be sure to use the timetable to see how long it will take you and make sure that works for you and your family. https://www.myswissalp s.com/timetable

Tickets can be bought at the station for each trip. If you get the Swiss Travel Pass tickets for many trips aren't required at all as the rail pass covers the trip. https://www.myswissalp s.com/swisstravelpass/ validity

The excel spreadsheet will show you which is best - the Swiss Travel Pass is often the cheapest option overall though. https://www.myswissalp s.com/swisstravelpass/ price

No need to pre-book any mountain trips - buy the ticket at the mountain station if you like. Jungfraujoch can be busy and you could look into booking that a day or so ahead.

See 1st class vs 2nd class here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/train/practical/ 2nd1stclass

There is no extra charge on trains for luggage no. :)

Pzak
Pzak
8 posts
new member
Jun 25, 2018 - 2:11 PM in reply to Lucas

Thank you Lucas for quick response.

In fact I will be reaching Zurich a day before and will try to cover Lucern same day. Then I will have enough time for Pilatus and city tour on next day (Day 1)

I guess it is not difficult to travel independently without the help of any tourist guide in all these places. Appreciate if you.

Appreciate if you could advise on Chocoloate / Cheese factory visit.

Thank you once again!!

Lucas
Lucas
7106 posts
expert &
moderator
Jun 25, 2018 - 7:07 PM in reply to Pzak

Yes, most people find it fairly straight-forward traveling here independently.

There are chocolate factories all over Switzerland, both Interlaken and Zurich have them nearby.

The most well-known are near Montreux (Gruyeres for cheese and Broc for chocolate).

Pzak
Pzak
8 posts
new member
Jun 30, 2018 - 6:04 PM in reply to Lucas

Thanks Lucas.

can you please guide me on below?

i tried to book tickets for Gothard Bernina Circular tour, it shows only from Lugano to Chur and onwards. it says Zurich to Lugano is free. How do I catch the right train from Zurich Airport to Lugano?

second thing, how do i book the tickets for Golden Pass train to Interlaken? is there more than one service daily? can you please share the link?

can these be done at train station without advance booking?

Lucas
Lucas
7106 posts
expert &
moderator
Jul 1, 2018 - 8:06 AM in reply to Pzak

Hi Pzak,

Where are you looking at these details for the Gotthard - Bernina? What is "it" that only shows Lugano to Chur and Zurich to Lugano is free? Do you have a rail pass?

We have a Golden Pass page that shows how to make reservations: https://www.myswissalp s.com/goldenpass & you can find the train schedules with the timetable here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/timetable.

If you are just traveling from Wengen to Lucerne (via Interlaken) I wouldn't worry about reservations - the trains run very regularly between Interlaken and Luzern (on the timetable they are noted as the Luzern-Interlaken Express).

Pzak
Pzak
8 posts
new member
Jul 1, 2018 - 9:53 AM in reply to Lucas

Thank you Lucas.

yes, I am planning to buy a Swiss Travel Pass when I am in Zurich.

I was trying to book the tickets through below link for Gothard Bernina Circular tour

www.rhb.ch/en/tickets-travelcards/promotions /gotthard-bernina-circular-tour

Thanks.

Pzak
Pzak
8 posts
new member
Jul 1, 2018 - 11:13 AM in reply to Pzak

Sorry Lucas,

one more query; what is the difference between GA Travel Card and Swiss Travel Pass? While trying to book in Gotthard - Bernina route, ticket reduction shows only for GA travel card and Half fare card.

Is Swiss Travel Pass discount available for this route?

Lucas
Lucas
7106 posts
expert &
moderator
Jul 1, 2018 - 4:07 PM in reply to Pzak

If you have the Swiss Travel Pass then all that travel is free. You just find the train schedules and hop on the trains you want as you follow the route. You do need to reserve seats on the Bernina Express train and bus though. https://www.myswissalp s.com/timetable

You can use the GA travel card to get the correct price reduction in this instance. It shouldn't charge you for anything but the reservations fees.

Pzak
Pzak
8 posts
new member
Jul 1, 2018 - 4:25 PM in reply to Lucas

Thank you

Pzak
Pzak
8 posts
new member
Jul 3, 2018 - 9:42 AM in reply to Lucas

Just a quick one..

if I purchase a 1st class Swiss Pass, can I get in 2nd class where there is no 1 class coach available??

Lucas
Lucas
7106 posts
expert &
moderator
Jul 3, 2018 - 12:02 PM in reply to Pzak

Yes. But if any of the 2 sections are full it will be 2nd class. :)

More on MySwissAlps.com

Swiss tips in your mailbox

Sign up to receive our newsletter and the latest forum messages. The best way to prepare for your trip!

Sign up

Get a customized itinerary for your trip

Let Swiss travel consultants create a customized itinerary. They will book your entire trip.

More
© MySwissAlps.com 2002-2018