Booking seats on trains or not required?

Booking seats on trains or not required?

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MikeU
MikeU
10 posts
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May 30, 2017 - 8:52 AM

Hi, I have read much info on the forum - very useful!

I am just a bit concerned about August being so busy and the suggestion is that train seats need to be booked.

We arrive August 8th to Geneva airport then next day early by train to Zermatt for 4 days, then Wengen for 4 days then to Lucerne for 3 days then depart via Zurich 20th.

We have a swiss 15 day travel pass, but we want to be able to plan our journeys and be sure we can get seats. we also plan to do the mountain loops from Zermatt and Jungfraujoc from wengen.

What is the suggestion on booking - or even if it is possible to book these routes?

Thanks

mike

Lucas
Lucas
7217 posts
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May 30, 2017 - 10:17 AM in reply to MikeU

Hi Mike,

Virtually all trains in Switzerland are not reservable. Some are possible, check here for more details.
The only trains that must be reserved are the panoramic trains - otherwise reservations aren't made 95% of the time.

It is possible that some trains will be busy and you may have to stand for brief periods (as people come and go).

Lucas

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
4737 posts
expert
May 30, 2017 - 8:04 PM in reply to Lucas

Lucas, you are there every day, and I am not. Still, my recent experience has been that there are always seats available, except on some commuter trains to/from major cites during rush hour.

Train ridership has been increasing, so my data may be obsolete.

Slowpoke

maggiehorswell
maggiehorswell
577 posts
top member
May 30, 2017 - 11:53 PM

Hi

We have been holidaying in Switzerland for last 16 years mostly in July and August and the only time we have reserved seats on a train was for Glacier Express - compulsory. I can only recall difficulty finding a seat once on a regular train from Brig to Zermatt when it happened to be first day in ages without rain so everyone had had same idea as us to make the trip!

As Slowpoke says occasionally rush hour commuter routes can be busy but we tend not to travel at those times anyway. So I don't think you need to reserve seats. Not reserving gives you much greater flexibility to change plans for the day when you have had chance to see weather forecast or you decide to make a detour or stop off somewhere for a while en route.

Maggie

MikeU
MikeU
10 posts
new member
May 31, 2017 - 5:49 AM

Thanks everybody - your advice is most helpful.

We look forward to our Swiss adventure !

Mike

Lucas
Lucas
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May 31, 2017 - 9:24 AM in reply to Slowpoke

Hey Slowpoke,

Yes, the only time I've had to stand are on trains heading into or out of Zurich at rush hour.
On trips to Luzern, Bern, Basel Chur etc. I have always found a seat (but its only me or my wife and I) so that is always easy.

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