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May 27, 2014 - 3:08 PM

Well we have received our passes for early July travel!!!! The excitement grows and we need to shout out to Arno for all the care and advice that got us this far.

I have read about the amazing service of forwarding luggage whilst enjoying rail travel. We would of course have a day bag of overnight necessities to hold us over if luggage did not arrive until the next day. Here are our details and questions.


Leave Gare de Lyon Friday July 4 and arrive Basel 13:30. Would it be possible to forward bags to Wengen for pickup at station on Saturday? And what time would they be available? The reasoning behind this is we are staying in a self catering chalet in Wengen and would like to do some shopping at COOP Interlaken Ost before proceeding. Does this seem reasonable?


Our flight back to the states is Sunday July 13 at 11:30. We know the fast luggage right onto the airline is not possible with a flight to USA but we plan to travel to Zurich July 12 and stay overnight for our morning flight. We would likely leave Wengen at around 10:00. Would it be possible to forward the bags for pickup at airport the following morning by 9:oo? Or would we need to send the luggage ahead on Friday to be certain we could retrieve it by 9:00 on Sunday. The fees seem nominal for the service and the convenience is amazing. Is arrival at train station in airport by 9:00(I understand that is what time luggage counter opens) give enough time to collect bags, get into airport and through security for an 11:30 flight?



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May 28, 2014 - 10:27 AM in reply to scatter

You are very welcome scatter :-)

All information and links regarding luggage transport is here: www.myswissalps.com/train/practical/luggage

In your case, the Fast Luggage Service could do Basel to Wengen. The standard times are: handing it in in Basel before 12:30 PM and you can collect it in Wengen from 6:30 PM the same day. Since you won't be in time for that it will arrive later, but I don't know when exactly. They'll tell you there.

On the way back, you can check-in for your flight at the rail station in Wengen. Your luggage will go right on to the plane so you can collect it in the US. I don't know of any limits for the US, but not all airlines offer this, so check the above link and the "More on other websites" section there for details. This SBB page specifically is interesting. If it works for your airline you can check-in on Saturday before 5:10 PM.

Some, perhaps all, major US airlines do not offer this "Check-in at the station" service. If you indeed can't use it, you can use the Fast Luggage Service again and hand it in before 5:10 PM as well. It will be available at the luggage counter of the airport rail station the next day from 6:30 AM.

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