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Joe
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May 28, 2017 - 9:36 PM

Hi, i am Joe, we are planning an 8 nights &9 days trip with our kids aged 11 and 6. Would like to have a mix of scenic train journeys (Glacier express and Golden pass) and stay in 4 cities preferably Luzern, Interlaken, st.Moritz and Zurich..... finding 'MySwissAlps' is a great relief as i have gathered much information from one place.....

our rough plan so far as below.. please advice better options / changes .

From 28th July to 5th August.

Day 1 - 28th July, Friday Arrival Zurich 9.30 am

Train to Luzern ,1 hr direct train, ETA Luzern by noon.

Day 2- 29th July, Saturday

Mt.Titlis - train from Luzern toEngelberg (45 mints )- Titlis

Day 3 - 30th July, Sunday

Pilatus roundtrip - Luzern to Alpnachstad by boat , cogwheel train to Pilatus.

3 NIGHT STAY AT LUZERN - 28th,29th and 30th

Day 4 - 31 st July, Monday

Morning train from Luzern to Interlaken 2 hrs,ETA before Noon ( Golden pass line )

Boat trip on lake Thun

Day 5 - 1st August, Tuesday

Trip to Jungfraujoch - Interlaken to Kleine scheidegg via Lauterbrunnen

Kleine to Jungfraujoch.

2NIGHT STAY AT INTERLAKEN - 31ST & 1ST

Day 6 - 2nd August, Wednsday

Interlaken to Big Morning train - 2 hrs

Morning train from Zermatt to St.Moritz 8 hrs ( Glacir Express)

1 NIGHT STAY AT ST.MORITZ - 2ND

Day 7 - 3rd August, Thursday

Morning Train to Zurich - 4.30 hrs , reach by noon

short city tour.

Day 8 - 4th August, Friday

Day trip to Rhine waterfalls

2 NIGHT STAY AT ZURICH - 3RD & 4TH.

Day 9 - 5th August, Saturday -Departure Zurich 12 noon.

Lucas
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May 29, 2017 - 9:34 AM in reply to Joe

Hi Joe and welcome to MySwissAlps!

Great to hear you are enjoying our website!

I think your itinerary looks good. Day 6 though, I'm not sure what the Big morning train is...typo?

I don't think the RheinFall is a must - see and would prefer an extra night somewhere else and just one night in Zurich but that is a personal preference. You could, if you have a full day in Zurich do both a city tour (on your own) and RheinFall in one day.

Have you looked into Swiss rail passes? The Swiss Travel Pass for the adults, combined with the free Swiss Family Passto cover your children would be a great option for you.

Lucas

Last modified on May 29, 2017 - 9:35 AM by Lucas
Joe
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May 29, 2017 - 12:24 PM

Many thanks for your advice Lucas ..

as you advised i will do only one night in Zurich and spend that extra day either in luzern .

day 6 plan now moved to day 7 and plan is to go to St.Moritz via Brig( BIG was a Typo mistake..sorry).

Day 7 - 3rd August, Thursday

Interlaken to Brig Morning train - 2 hrs

Morning train from Brig to St.Moritz 7 hrs ( Glacir Express)

1 NIGHT STAY AT ST.MORITZ - 3rd

Day 8 - 4th August, Friday

Morning Train to Zurich - 4.30 hrs , reach by noon

short city tour or Day trip to Rhine waterfalls.

1 NIGHT STAY AT ZURICH - 4TH.

Day 9 - 5th August, Saturday-Departure Zurich 12 noon.

we will buy 8 days Swiss travel pass and family pass .could you please advice on the trains we need to have reservations and tickets bookings in advance?

it would be a very helpful to know the convenient economy range 3 star hotels in Luzern 4 nights, Interlaken 2 nights, st.Moritz 1 night and Zurich 1 night.

Lucas
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May 29, 2017 - 5:08 PM in reply to Joe

Hi Joe,

You can only make reservations on panoramic trains (and you must) so this is just on the Glacier Express on your itinerary. You can make reservations here.

We have a list of recommended hotels for different budgets on all of our town pages: Zurich, St. Moritz, Luzern and Interlaken.

Lucas

Last modified on Oct 4, 2017 - 11:38 AM by Arno
Peterli
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May 29, 2017 - 10:42 PM

Hej Joe,

You certainly are packing in a lot of travel in your short time in Switzerland.

One place you might consider visiting in Lucerne, especially if the weather is not cooperating, is the Swiss Transportation Museum (5, Lidostrasse, a quick bus ride from the centre of town). www.verkehrshaus.ch/en Kids love this place, which has all kinds of hand-on activities.

By the way, I completely agree with Lucas about the Rheinfall. But maybe your kids will really like it.

PL

Joe
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Jun 1, 2017 - 2:51 PM

Dear Luca and Peterli,

many thanks for the advises. Just started to plan things one by one.

now need to plan it on a day base…need your advises.

so far things planed as below….

planning to buy 2 Swiss travel pass 1st class for 8 days ( CHF 596 x 2= 1192) and 2 free faimly card.)

Day 1-28th July, Friday

Flight - Dubai to Zurich, Swiss airways , arrival 06.25

train from Zurich Flughafen - Luzern , IR 2633 dep platform 3- 08.74 , Luzern arrival platform 4 -9.49. direct train -1 hr 2min.

Hotel Booked for 4 nights - family room @ Garni hotel drei konige(free cancellation till end of June) check In time 13.00, requested early check in.

Bus from Bahnhof luzern to Deri konige - bus numbers 2,9,12,18,10 (10 min travel frequency every 10min)

NEED TO PLAN CITY SIGHTSEEING FOR AFTERNOON. ( Jesuit church,chapel bridge, lion monument,glacier garden, luceren culture & congress scentre)

Day 2 - 29th July, Saturday

Pilatus golden round trip (full day)

Luzern-Alpanchstad by boat , BAT51 - dep 08.38 - arival 09.25 ,1 hr

Alpanhstad -pilatus by cogwheel,R11 - Dep10.15 - arival 10.45 , 40min

almost 4 hrs at Pilatus

Pilatus - Frakmuntegg by cable car , LB4001 -15.30- 15.36

Frakmuntegg to Kriens by Gondola, GB4 -15.38 -16.08

Kriens -Luzern by bus -20 mins

Day 3 - 30th July, Sunday

Swiss transport museum(full day)

question---with Swiss travel pass and family card how much discount we can get?on the museum web its bit confusing..

discount is only for museum ticket or its for all other show tickets????, wants to add planetarium,film theater, Swiss chocolate adventure etc..

on the Museum web they have offer for FAMILY TICKET ALL INCLUSIVE CHF 155 ( believe its for full family?or only for one adult and a child below 16yrs) not clear….pls advice.

Day 4 31st July , Monday

Rigi majestic round day trip -( full day)

Lucern -Vitznau by boat, BAT7 - dep 09.12- arrival 10.09 , 1 hr

vitzanau- Rigi Kulm by cogwheel , R1115 - dep 10.15 - arrival 10.47 , 32min

almost 5 hrs at Rigi Kulm

Rigi Kulm - Arth goldau by cogwheel , R164 - dep 16.04 - arrival 16.48 , 51min

Arth goldau - Luzern by Train , ICN684 - dep 17.14 platform 5 - arrival 17.41 platform 7, 21 min

4 NIGHT STAY AT LUZERN - 28th,29th, 30th and 31st

believe all train, boat and cable car trips above are covered by Swiss travel pass 1st class.

pls give your valued advice…

Lucas
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Jun 2, 2017 - 9:35 AM in reply to Joe

Hi Joe,

The Swiss Travel Pass gives you 50% off the Swiss Museum or Transport entrance - all other attractions there (planetarium etc) are the standard price I believe.
The Family ticket would be for parents, grandparents and all children in your family under 16.

All forms of transport to Mt. Pilatus and Mt. Rigi are free with the Swiss Travel Pass and Swiss Family Card (for children under 16). The links above will show you the prices for the passes and how to buy online as well (it is much more convenient to buy online before you leave home as you can print it out and have it with you as soon as you land in Zurich.

You can read about everything that is included or partially included on the Swiss travel Pass here.

Lucas

Last modified on Jun 2, 2017 - 9:35 AM by Lucas
Joe
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Jun 5, 2017 - 6:10 PM

somewhat ready with the Itinerary...

Day 1- 28th July, Friday

Flight - Dubai to Zurich, Swiss airways , arrival 06.25

train from Zurich Flughafen - Luzern , IR 2633 dep platform 3- 08.74 , Luzern arrival platform 4 -9.49. direct train -1 hr 2min.

Hotel Booked for 4 nights - family room @ Garni hotel drei konige, check In time 13.00

Bus from Bahnhof luzern to Deri konige - bus numbers 2,9,12,18,10 (10 min travel frequency every 10min)

NEED TO PLAN CITY SIGHTSEEING FOR AFTERNOON. ( Jesuit church,chapel bridge, lion monument,glacier garden, lucerene culture & congress center)

Day 2 29th July, Saturday

Pilatus golden round trip (full day)

Luzern-Alpanchstad by boat , BAT51 - dep 08.38 - arrival 09.25 ,1 hr

Alpanhstad -pilatus by cogwheel,R11 - Dep10.15 - arrival 10.45 , 40 min

almost 4 hrs at Pilatus

Pilatus - Frakmuntegg by cable car , LB4001 -15.30- 15.36

Frakmuntegg to Kriens by Gondola, GB4 -15.38 -16.08

Kriens -Luzern by bus -20 mins

Day 3 30th July, Sunday

Swiss transport museum(full day)

Day 4 31st July , Monday

Rigi majestic round day trip -( full day)

Lucern -Vitznau by boat, BAT7 - dep 09.12- arrival 10.09 , 1 hr

vitzanau- Rigi Kulm by cogwheel , R1115 - dep 10.15 - arrival 10.47 , 32 min

almost 5 hrs at Rigi Kulm

Rigi Kulm - Arth goldau by cogwheel , R164 - dep 16.04 - arival 16.48 , 51min

Arth goldau - Luzern by Train , ICN684 - dep 17.14 platform 5 - arrival 17.41 platform 7, 21 min

4 NIGHT STAY AT LUZERN - 28th,29th, 30th and 31st

Day 5 1 st August, Tuesday

Luzern -Interlaken ost , IR2920 platform 12, dep 10.05- arrival platform 4, 11.55, 1.50 min

Interlakn ost - Hotel Toscana, Interlaken Jungfraustrasse / zentralplatz -- bus 102,103 ( 5 min)

Boat trip on lake Thun/Brienz or city tour

Day 6 2nd August, Wednesday

Trip to Jungfraujoch - full day

Interlakn ost -Lauterbrunnen , R149 platform 2A, dep 09.93 -arrival platform 2, 09.55, 20 min

Luterbrunnen - Kleine Scheidegg , R349 dep 10.07 - arrival 10.50, 45 min

Kleine scheidegg - Jungfraujoch, R549 Dep 11.00- arrival 11.35 , 35 min

almost 3 hrs at Jungfraujoch

Jungfraujoch - Kleinescheidegg ,R564 dep 15.13, arrival 15.48, 35 min

Kleine scheidegg - Grindelwald , R464 platform 11, Dep 16.03- arrival 16.42 , 40 min

Grindelwald- Interlaken ost, R264 platform 1, dep 16.49 - arrival platform 2B, 16.49, 35min

2NIGHT STAY AT INTERLAKEN - 1ST and 2ND

Day 7 3rd August, Thursady

Interlaken west to Brig Morning train - 1 hr

Interlaken west- Spiez, IC962 platform 1, dep 08.05,arrival 08.21, 16min

Spiez - Brig , IC806 platform 3, dep 08.36 , arrival 09.11, 35 min

Brig - St.Moritz - Glacier express - 904 ,Dep 11.18 , Arrival 17.58 ( 4 seats reservation with lunch)

St.Moritz Bahnhof - St. moritz Bad signal ( bus NFB 1 or NFB 3 ) 10 min

1 night at Hotel Nolda, via crasta 3

1 NIGHT STAY AT ST.MORITZ - 3rd

Day 8 4th August, Friday

St.Moritz - Zurich HB by noon

St.Moritz - Chur, RE1132 platform 1, dep 10.02, arrival 12.03 ,platform 10, 2 hr

Chur - Zurich HB , IC 570 platform 9, dep 12.09, arrival 13.23 platform 9.

To Novotel Zurich Airport Messe hotel-from shopville , bahnhof pltz/HB--Glattbrugg, linderghplatz- light tram no.10 , tram S7, S15.( 20MIN)

short city trip or trip to Rhine waterfalls

1NIGHT STAY AT ZURICH - 4TH.

Day 9 5th August, Saturday -Airport shuttle bus - reach airport by 10.00.

Departure Zurich 12.25 .

do we need any reservation / can do for train to Jungfraujoch??

we have 2 adult traval pass and 2 family pass in 1st class for 8 days. Is it cover the train to Jungfraujoch??

maggiehorswell
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Jun 5, 2017 - 8:32 PM

Hello Joe

A word of caution - be sure to check the boat schedules on Aug 1st as all the boats will be mustering at the Thun end of the lake ready for the special Aug 1st fireworks cruise in the evening. The earlier boats will probably follow normal time table - it's just the ones later in the afternoon which may not return to Interlaken - though of course you could return on the train via Spiez and south shore or the pretty bus route (no 21) along north shore.

Maggie

Lucas
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Jun 6, 2017 - 9:18 AM in reply to Joe

Hi Joe,

Looks like a well-thought out itinerary!

To answer your questions:

  1. You don't need to pre-book tickets for Jungfraujoch - it can get busy in the summer, so if you do want to pre-book you can do so online here or at any rail station in Switzerland. I would not pre-book until the day or so before your planned trip - make sure the weather looks good before buying tickets!
  2. The Swiss Travel Pass does not cover the trip between Grindelwald or Wengen to Jungfraujoch (it does give you a 25% discount on the ticket though). Your train travel up to Grindelwald or Wengen from Interlaken (and return) is covered by the pass.

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