Corpus Christi in Switzerland, Glacier Express

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mahalo
mahalo
6 posts
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May 6, 2018 - 4:40 AM

Hi experts! Several questions.

1. May 31, Thursday, is Corpus Christi Day. How does that impact travel on trains in Switzerland and shops in the Lucerne area?

2. We will be staying in Lauterbrunnen on night of June 1. On June 2, we would like to go on the Glacier Express. By late evening, we plan to stay the night in Milan. Is this possible? Will the schedule be rushed? What do you suggest? We all have Swiss Travel Passes for the journey and Eurail passes for Italy.

Thank you for your help.

rockoyster
rockoyster
4065 posts
expert
May 6, 2018 - 4:51 AM in reply to mahalo

The trains won't be affected on May 31.

I would recommend the Gotthard Panorama Express (www.myswissalps.com/go tthardpanoramaexpress) ahead of the Glacier Express.

You should probably read www.myswissalps.com/tr aintickets/italy

If you were really desperate to take the Glacier Express then you would need to go to Brig to connect with it. Then to Andermatt and from there to Milan. Read the section "Gotthard Panorama Express and Glacier Express route in one day" on this page.

Before you decide on the Glacier Express read this post.

Use the SBB Timetable (www.myswissalps.com/ti metable) to plan your travel. If you are not familiar with using the timetable it will pay to first read the instructions on that page.

Last modified on May 6, 2018 - 4:52 AM by rockoyster
Arno
Arno
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May 6, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Hi Mahalo,

I'd recommend the Gotthard Panorama Express too. You may even have time for an extra activitity en route, like a city walk or short boat trip in the south of Switzerland.

Doing part of the Glacier Express would make it a really long day, and the leg Brig-Andermatt is nice but not the best part of the route. To see some good scenery you'll need to stay on board until Chur. Then take a bus to Bellinzona, then a train to Milan.

Last modified on May 6, 2018 - 4:59 PM by Arno
mahalo
mahalo
6 posts
new member
May 7, 2018 - 5:57 AM

Thank you for the great ideas! We now plan to go on the Gotthard Panorama Express from Lucerne. We plan to leave early from Lauterbrunnen. Do we make reservations for all points on this ride?

rockoyster
rockoyster
4065 posts
expert
May 7, 2018 - 6:25 AM in reply to mahalo

You only need a reservation on the train from Flüelen to Lugano via Göschenen. You can do that at goo.gl/vfV4wK. Enter departure time of 14:10 from Flüelen and look for a train identified by code EXT.

mahalo
mahalo
6 posts
new member
May 7, 2018 - 7:57 PM

Thanks for the website to get seats. The Swisspass website and the Swiss ticket site are confusing! What is up with that? Frustrating.

rockoyster
rockoyster
4065 posts
expert
May 7, 2018 - 8:19 PM in reply to mahalo

Could you clarify what you find confusing. Are you referring to the Gotthard Panorama Express in particular? What is the Swisspass website?

mahalo
mahalo
6 posts
new member
May 8, 2018 - 9:45 AM

Yesterday, I went to the goo.gl/vfV4wK website for the seat reservations. Entered the information as described above. It asked for my SBB Ticket Shop Login which apparently is the same as my SwissPass login. It took many frustration attempts but finally, today, the SwissPass login was accepted at the SBB Ticket Shop login.

Next dilemma, I already purchased my Swiss Travel Pass, How do I make a seat reservation on the goo.gl/vfV4wK website. Is the STP an evoucher? Is there a cost for a seat reservation on the Gotthard Panorama Express? Is It better to sit on the left side of the train or the right?

Lots of questions. I hope this is clear. Thank you for your help.

rockoyster
rockoyster
4065 posts
expert
May 8, 2018 - 10:57 AM in reply to mahalo

The seat reservation will cost you CHF24 whether you have a STP or not.

You cand find advice on which side of the train to sit on here www.myswissalps.com/go tthardpanoramaexpress/ gettingthere. But . . . the reservation process does not offer the opportunity to pick seats on a particular side of the train.

Last modified on May 8, 2018 - 10:58 AM by rockoyster
mahalo
mahalo
6 posts
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May 8, 2018 - 6:12 PM

Rockoyster, Thank you for patiently walking me thru this GPEX seat reservation process. Our family will enjoy traveling in Switzerland due to your excellent advice. We have seat reservations!

Mahalo, Mahalo! (Thank you)

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