Buying Swiss train tickets in advance

Print this page
Posts: 4
This thread is closed. You are welcome to log in and submit a new thread.
srdebnath
srdebnath
46 posts
active member
Feb 27, 2018 - 3:10 PM

We will be spending 5 days in Switzerland beginning April 09. We will be spending the 1st night at Murren, 2nd night at Interlaken and the last 3 nights at Lucerne. In between we will ride the full route of Glacier Express from Zermatt to St Moritz.

We have Half Fare Cards and we will be using public transportation system (trains, buses, cable cars etc). We have our seats already reserved in Glacier Express. We now want to buy all other tickets in advance as per our plan.

I am trying to understand if this would be possible.

1) Do the tickets purchased on line have an exact journey date and time or once purchased, we can use them any day any time on that route.

2) Is SBB one single source to purchase all tickets for trains, boats, buses and cable cars ?

3) If we want to decide on the spot that we want to go from Murren to Gimmewald, where do we buy the tickets - at the cable car station with Half Fare Card ?

4) Do we need to carry cash for bus rides or on the spot ticket purchase or credit cards are accepted everywhere ?

Any information will be appreciated.

Thanks !

Chantal
Chantal
944 posts
top member
Feb 27, 2018 - 6:07 PM in reply to srdebnath

Hi srdebnath,

  1. The normal tickets do have a the journey date, but not a specific time. So you can use them any time on a specific day.
  2. No. Tickets for boats can be bought at the boat dock, bus tickets can be bought at the bus stop in bigger cities (otherwise from the driver) and cable car tickets can be bought at the cable car stations as well. If there is a ticket vending machine at the bus stop, you'll have to buy your ticket from the machine.
  3. On every train station there's a ticket vending machine. When you purchase a ticket you can choose the option that your carrying a Swiss Half Fare Card. You could also download the SBB App. To buy tickets in the SBB App, you'll first need to register and provide credit card details, and will need internet access to buy the ticket. Once you have bought the ticket, it can be displayed on your mobile device without being connected to the internet.
  4. I actually don't know if they accept credit and debit cards on the bus. I always pay cash, because my assumption is that they don't. Especially not in rural Switzerland. I still haven't figured that one out after ten years in Switzerland.
srdebnath
srdebnath
46 posts
active member
Feb 27, 2018 - 7:14 PM in reply to Chantal

Thank you Chantal. I think I will go ahead to buy train tickets from SBB or STC (Swiss Railway ?) site as my time is not yet confirmed, but travel dates are. I would also carry printouts of the tickets. I will carry some cash too I guess.

My impression was I can purchase point to point tickets on SBB website that includes all connections regardless of mode of transportation (train, bus, cable cars, boats). Now it looks like I can buy only train tickets on SBB.

Chantal
Chantal
944 posts
top member
Feb 28, 2018 - 8:26 AM in reply to srdebnath

Hi srdebnath,

I see I misread your question. I thought you asked if it was the only source to buy tickets. Sorry for that. You can indeed purchase point to point tickets including all modes of transportation from the SBB website.

More about Swiss trains and rail passes

More on MySwissAlps.com

Swiss tips in your mailbox

Sign up to receive our newsletter and the latest forum messages. The best way to prepare for your trip!

Sign up

Get a customized itinerary for your trip

Let Swiss travel consultants create a customized itinerary. They will book your entire trip.

More
© MySwissAlps.com 2002-2018