Car or train? Jungfrau Region or Zermatt? Help!

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Sep 1, 2017 - 2:12 PM

Hi! We are leaving from Boston on October 2, arriving in Geneva on the 3rd around 5:45pm, then we fly from Geneva to Paris on Thursday, October 5 at 4:30. We don't have much time at all, so we are trying to plan what's the best method of travel (and cheapest), as well as the best places to see while in Switzerland. We are thinking about renting a car and driving simply because it's cheaper, but I don't know what to expect driving on those roads.

Plan A: Drive from Geneva to Bern the first night, then take off early the next morning for Wengen. Make our way back to Geneva on Thursday. We'd like to see Schilthorn Restaurant, early morning on Thursday since there's a discount before 9am.

Plan B: Drive from Geneva to Montreux and stay the first night. Drive to Zermatt the next day. Make our way back to Geneva on Thursday.

Also, how's the weather in the beginning of October? Does it ever snow? Thanks!

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Sep 1, 2017 - 2:27 PM

Welcome to MySwissAlps Rachelm7!

I'd strongly recommend taking advantage of the excellent train system in Switzerland. Wengen and most of the Jungfrau Region are car-free, as is Zermatt. You would not be able to use the car for sightseeing and need to travel by train/cable cars for local trips anyway. Apart from that I'd personally would not like to drive in unknown territory immediately after a long flight, but rather enjoy the views from a train. But that's a personal preference of course. This page provides more details to help you choose: rversustrain.

The weather in early October can be really nice and not too cold, but chilly rainy days are possible as well. Snow in the valleys is very unlikely. You just don't know until you've checked the forecast 1 to 2 days ahead of time. Because of that uncertainty and the short duration of your stay I'd prefer Wengen over Zermatt. Both areas are absolutely stunning, but Zermatt is at the end of a long valley with not so many bad weather options. From Wengen, a boat trip from Interlaken or day trips to Lucerne or Bern would be possible if a trip into the mountains is no option.

On the way back to Geneva you can take the scenic Golden Pass line.

Last modified on Sep 2, 2017 - 6:06 AM by Arno
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Sep 1, 2017 - 8:11 PM


As Arno has already suggested, the trains are the way to go. You get to see so much more and you don't have to bother with parking or gas prices.

As far as chosing between Wengen and Zermatt, my personal choice would be Wengen because there is more to see in the area and i find the trip there more interesting. Either way, take the train.

Have fun


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Sep 13, 2017 - 2:41 PM

Thanks so much for your help!!

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