Arno said: Hi MeltyMel,
The R you're referring to indicates a Regional train. You have to look at the trip details to see whether reservations are necessary (which is indeed an R in a box). Most connections do not require seat reservations. The first connection tomorrow morning (Friday) departs at 5:39. Arrival in Andermatt is 9:20.
Thanks for responding to my query, I appreciate it. Yes, I am aware the R stands for Regional Train, the other "R in a box" signified "reservation is complusory".
Let me elaborate more my question. The idea is to head for Andermatt after breakfast, 5am or 6am is too early for me (not sure is the breakfast ready at tmy hotel too!), afterall I am on vacation. So the targeted time is around 830 ~ 930hr.
When I look up at SBB for my schedule, the trains returned are as below:
Station/Stop------------- Time---------Duration----Travel With
Zermatt - Andermatt----0900-1136---2:36hr------D (GE 902) Reservation compulsory
Zermatt - Andermatt----0913-1200---2:47hr------D (GE 904) Reservation compulsory
Zermatt - Andermatt----1000-1236---2:36hr------D (GE 906) Reservation compulsory
Zermatt - Andermatt----1013-1300---2:47hr------D (GE 908) Reservation compulsory
*Zermatt - Andermatt---1039-1420---3:41hr------R234 transfer-to R542 at Brig (regional train)
Zermatt - Andermatt----1139-1520---3:41hr------R238 transfer-to R546 at Brig (regional train)
Zermatt - Andermatt----1239-1620---3:41hr------R242 transfer-to R550 at Brig (regional train)
That is why I deduce the earliest train possible for me (without needing a reservation) is the 1039-1420hr run. While I wish there is a train I depart for Andermatt bet 830-930hr. The idea is to start early hopefully reach Andermatt early. Therefore seeking help.
If the Glacier Express has regular coaches, then I can also travel on it to Andermatt (with a swiss pass). Note: I would have done the GE (paying the reservation) from St Moritz to Zermatt, this trip is the return trip from Zermatt (to Andermatt).