Crowded trains on weekends and public holidays?

Crowded trains on weekends and public holidays?

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traveljet
traveljet
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Dec 12, 2016 - 2:57 AM

Hi,

Can anyone advise if the trains will be crowded on the long weekend of 17 & 18 Sept 2017 when a public holiday falls on the Mon 18th? I will avoid flying into Switzerland on 18th Sept if thats the case.

Also are trains generally crowded on normal weekends as well? we will avoid travelling on a Sat and Sun if so.

we are planning to travel 1st Class on these routes (except mt trains). We have medium sized luggages with us (not using the forwading services):

Zurich Airport - Luzern - Engelberg (Mon 18 Sept or Tue 19 Sept) 2017

Engelberg - Luzern - Wengen (23 or 24 Sept 2017)

Murren - Grindelwald on a Sat 30 Sept 2017.

Thanks,

Brahms
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Dec 12, 2016 - 10:30 AM

It is always posible a train is crowded, also on other days. But when you travel on first class, the problem is not so great, the most people travels second class.

We always travel in Switserland by train, never we have te problem the train was so crowded that there was no place in second class.

I see not a problem to travel on this days.

Alpenrose666
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Dec 12, 2016 - 10:50 AM

>> Can anyone advise if the trains will be crowded on the long weekend of 17 & 18 Sept 2017 when a public holiday falls on the Mon 18th? I will avoid flying into Switzerland on 18th Sept if thats the case.

The trains will quite possibly be crowded, but usually only in 2nd class, and probably only for some routes and some departures. Closer to the time of travel, you can look up your intended trip in the SBB online timetable, and it will show how busy any given train is likely to be, both in 1st class and 2nd class. Personally I wouldn't change my plans for that reason.

>> Also are trains generally crowded on normal weekends as well? we will avoid travelling on a Sat and Sun if so.

On some routes they can be, especially in good weather, as lots of locals are out and about in addition to the tourists. Most people will be travelling 2nd class though. Again, check the timetable closer to your travel date.

>> we are planning to travel 1st Class on these routes (except mt trains). We have medium sized luggages with us (not using the forwading services):

Zurich Airport - Luzern - Engelberg (Mon 18 Sept or Tue 19 Sept) 2017

I would not expect this to be crowded, certainly not in 1st class.

>> Engelberg - Luzern - Wengen (23 or 24 Sept 2017)

In my experience last September, the train from Luzern to Interlaken was often crowded in 2nd class. Not so crowded that you couldn't get a seat, but a bit inconvenient if travelling with luggage. When I was travelling with luggage, I upgraded to 1st class, which had plenty of spare seats and room for luggage where I could keep an eye on it.

>> Murren - Grindelwald on a Sat 30 Sept 2017.

I would be surprised if it was crowded then. It is right towards the end of the season, when many hotels close until about the week before Christmas, so many people will have left.

Alpenrose

traveljet
traveljet
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Dec 12, 2016 - 11:01 AM in reply to Brahms

The issue is more about luggage space especially from Interlaken Ost to Wengen since there is no 1st Class. So to be safe I will not depart on a weekend for that route.

Now it's whether to take a risk and book the flight ticket to arrive Zurich on Sun 17/18 Sept long weekend and proceed to Engelberg, hoping 1st Class wont be a problem with the luggages.

Thanks Brahms and Alpenrose for your input.

Arno
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Dec 12, 2016 - 12:06 PM in reply to traveljet

I am not aware of any significant national holidays during those dates. I would not worry about Interlaken Ost to Wengen. Tourists travel with luggage all the time there, and it's only a short ride. The leg from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen is car free, so everyone takes their luggage on the train. Very common. Worst case you will have to stand for 14 minutes.

Last modified on Dec 12, 2016 - 2:42 PM by Annika
traveljet
traveljet
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Dec 12, 2016 - 3:29 PM in reply to Arno

Hi Arno, according to the Swiss Public Holiday Calendar, it says Sunday 17 September is "Swiss Federal Fast" day for all regions except Geneva (3rd Sun of September) and Mon 18 Sept is "Bettagsmontag" holiday for Bern, Neuchatel and Vaud.

Are these major holidays which will attract the crowds to visit the bernese oberland and Luzerne?

Arno
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Dec 12, 2016 - 3:50 PM in reply to traveljet

Hi traveljet,

No, these are not major holidays. I don't think there will be a noticeable difference between this Sunday and any other Sunday. As far as I know the Monday is a normal working day in most cantons. I would certainly not stay put because of these days. Just enjoy your day trips as normal. Regionally, there may be more, or less, travelers than normal.

traveljet
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Dec 12, 2016 - 4:36 PM in reply to Arno

Ok Arno, thanks for the update especially the 17, 18th weekend holidays.

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