I seek your advice once again please.
My 4 day STP doesn't apply on my last day of travel on 29th March 2018, which is OK, as I can book my tickets in advance for my definite plan. However booking the ticket is not quite as straight forward and need your help.
I'm booking train tickets for my family of 4 - 2 adult and 2 children (7,14) from Wengen to Venice via Milan Centrale. I'm OK with Milan to Venice part however really stressed with the Wengen to Milan part.
We will have at least 2 big bags and 2 hand luggage.
I used SBB to look for this journey.
The train that leaves Wengen at 06:42 reaches Milano Centrale at 10:37 with the usual changes.
I proceed right to the end only to see that this is not bookable! Is this correct?
Can I not use sbb site to book Swiss domestic + Eurocity in one transaction?
Now, I tried to break this journey for Swiss domestic on www.sbb.ch/en and Eurocity on 3 sites - Trentalia, ItaliaRail, Loco2.com
Wengen to Spiez part gives me the option shown in the complete journey above. Although it says Tickets from CHF 12.90, I can't book it as "selected date of travel is not within the advanced booking period"
a. When does the advance booking start?
b. If I have to book the Swiss domestic ticket separately do I need to book in advance? Does it make a difference in price or (the price ) is fixed no matter when I buy the ticket?
c. Is it possible to buy the tickets at the train station in the morning or perhaps the previous day to keep it simple?
a. For Spiez - Wengen journey, Trenitalia and Loco2.com show the price 272 Euro whereas ItaliaRail shows 146 Euro + 3.50 booking fee for this same journey.
b. What is the early-bird fare generally? Something for me to work from.
a.Should I buy the tickets separately or will they be available on one of the website at some point?
b. If they will be available on one site, what's the advance booking time?
c. Which site should I book this ticket?
a. Although this is the shortest journey (@4hours) with minimal changes (3), there still is a fair bit of change. Will this be sufficient to actually walk out of train, change the platforms and be there to board the next train?
Interlaken arrival 07:23 - Platform 2A
Interlaken Departure 07:29- Platform 8
Spiez arrival 07:50 - Platform 2
Spiez departure 08:05 - Platform 3
a.What happens if we miss a train? Can we board the next available or do we need to but a new ticket at the available price?
b. Do the trains get late and what are the chances of missing a connection?
We will be staying in Hotel Victoria-Lauberhorn in Wengen which is not too far from the station. And we can even request the Hotel to drop us off to make things simple.
Booking this one journey has stressed me so much that I cannot possibly imagine how my family and I will actually cope with this!.
All help/advice/suggestion is appreciated.