Jan 22, 2020 - 10:08 AM
After travelling to Switzerland in 2017 and 2019 I strongly recommend the SBB Mobile app (bit.ly/2ICIUHi) for checking train, bus, boat and cable way timetables, finding fares* and buying tickets on-line if required. In the unlikely event you don’t have a device capable of running the app then you can use the timetable on the SBB website (bit.ly/2HH1U7B). If you are not familiar with using the SBB timetable it is worth first reading the instructions at www.myswissalps.com/timetable.
* The SBB website shows half-fare prices by default, the mobile app allows you to nominate whether to show full or half-fares (by editing the passenger details in settings) and is also smart enough to offer you the Saver Day Pass (www.myswissalps.com/saverdaypass) if that offers the best fare. The app can also display a platform map (at least at the larger stations) to help you make connections. You can also easily filter modes of transport (eg bus or ship).
The app (or website) will always show the fastest, most direct routes unless you tell it you want to go a longer way round by including other stations to go VIA. For example, if you wanted to follow the Golden Pass route you would need to search the SBB app looking for Luzern to Montreux via Interlaken and Zweisimmen.
If you don’t have Internet access on the move you will generally have WiFi at your hotel. You can look up the equivalent of printed timetables and store them on your phone for use offline. Go to www.fahrplanfelder.ch/en/list-of-localities.html and search for your start point. For example look for Interlaken. Select that and you will get a list of pages in the timetable referring to trains from and to Interlaken. Page 471 for example covers the Golden Pass Route. You can save that PDF for future reference. See www.fahrplanfelder.ch/fileadmin/fap_pdf_fields/2020/471.pdf.