Which Swiss train routes need seat reservation?

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Dec 13, 2017 - 10:33 AM

Hi All

I will be travelling in Swiss from 2nd to 9th Jan 2018,

below is my itinerary, but just got no idea at all if some of them will need seat reservation online in advance

would like to check if any of below route will need seat reservation

  • 2nd Jan: Heidelberg to Lucerne
  • 3rd Jan: Lucerne to and from Engelberg
  • 4th Jan: Lucerne to Interlaken
  • 5th Jan: Interlaken to and from Bern
  • 7th Jan: Interlaken to Zermatt
  • 9th Jan: Zermatt to Milan

Also i am getting a half fare card from Raileurope, i tried to register it when using SBB web,

but looks like the customer no. digit was not the same as the card can be purchased from SBB directly,

would like to see if any chance i can still use it online

Would appreciate all your help in advance. Thanks

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Dec 13, 2017 - 9:54 PM in reply to johnnychuicy

Hi Johnny and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

The only trip above where you will need a reservation is on the train between Domodossola and Milan.

You can by tickets on line without quoting your half-fare card. Just be sure to have it available to show the conductor along with your half-price ticket.

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Dec 14, 2017 - 8:12 AM in reply to johnnychuicy

Hi Johnny,

The SBB is very much focused on the Swiss and ask them for the card number. As a tourist this is not needed so you can skip that step. Alternatively you could buy from a website that is focused on tourists. We have listed some retailers here: www.myswissalps.com/tr aintickets/switzerland halffare/price

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