Belle Epoque Golden Pass booking confusion

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mikeneumann
mikeneumann
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Jul 8, 2018 - 4:19 PM

Hello,

This is my first post, but wanted to give a huge thanks to all for moderating and contributing to these forums. They've been a big help in planning for our August Switzerland vacation.

I'm finally hung up on something I can't figure out, however, and that's booking a seat on the Belle Epoque GoldenPass train from Montreux to Zweisimmen on Aug. 17. I'd like to reserve a seat on the 13:44 train using my Swiss Travel Pass, but it doesn't seem to be showing when I pull it up on the reservation purchasing schedule. The timetable appears to show that is a time it runs, however. I know the trains have been under repair or renovations lately, but I think that timeframe has passed. Could it be that they are not quite finished yet? Any help would be appreciated.

Again, thanks so much to myswissalps.com. It's such a valuable resource.

Lucas
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Jul 9, 2018 - 6:21 AM in reply to mikeneumann

That is looking tricky.

According to their timetable it should indeed be the Belle Epoque train and the Swiss railways timetable shows a 13:44 train departing, as does their online timetable, and yet their website shows no option to reserve it.

It could be fully reserved, but to my knowledge it would still show the train but show that it is booked. This could have changed I suppose and they simply don't show the train at all if the seats are all booked.

My suggestion would be to contact them directly to inquire about this and see what they say.
https://www.mob.ch/en/ home/contact/index

rockoyster
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Jul 9, 2018 - 2:15 PM in reply to mikeneumann

Hi Mike,

Apparently bookings for the Belle-Époque trains will not be available before the middle of July. See AnnRolls' post of Jun 12, 2018 - 7:25 AM on the following page:

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/how-to-pre-book-the-goldenpass-classic-train

Alpenrose

1960man
1960man
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Jul 9, 2018 - 11:42 PM

There are quite a few seats on the Belle Epoque sets so I think you would get away without reserving.

Note that not all the carriages are original, some are replicas

mikeneumann
mikeneumann
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Jul 10, 2018 - 11:42 PM

Thanks to all for your responses and help with this. I did notice that today the Belle Epoque trains were added to the reservation system, at least on the date I was looking to book. I now have a reservation for first class seats, however, we have second class Swiss Travel Passes. I saw in another forum posting that you simply pay the fare difference on board. Am I correct about that?

Thanks again!

rockoyster
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Jul 10, 2018 - 11:50 PM in reply to mikeneumann

You need to buy a route specific class upgrade at bit.ly/2rZEIXh or at any station. You can't do it on board the train. You can generally do it onboard boats.

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