Geneva via Montreux ziesimmin Interlaken to Murren

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new member
May 19, 2015 - 8:12 AM

need help please

Arrive at Geneva airport @10.15am July with husband & 14 yr old son

What Time/itinerary would you suggest to depart after customs luggage? To then catch 1st class (front carriage with driver) via Montreux (golden route) to Murren (rail Europe constantly brings up going via Bern....)

it says I can book 90 days out (golden) but other trains to link only allows me 30 days?

we are staying 4 nights in Murren for my 50th & hope to do jungfrau & schilthorn lauterbrunnen then head to Colmar France.

myswissalps recommended Swiss transfer combi (expensive) & wondered Swiss half fare pass more economical if my son can still travel free & we get 50% off all the above routes but obviously not the France leg?

with the online process I guess we order pass first then book our main tickets especially golden route? Will the booking system show our son travelling free & discounts?

cheers Lucy

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expert &
May 19, 2015 - 2:42 PM

Hi Lucy,

Thanks for your post. The Swiss Transfer Ticket Combi works out slightly cheaper than the Swiss Half Fare Card. But the Swiss Transfer Ticket Combi requires you to travel from Geneva to Mürren via Bern instead of the Golden Pass line. So, in your case the Swiss Half Fare Card is fine. Sorry for not being clear earlier! You can purchase the Swiss Half Fare Cards through pass/swiss-half-fare-c ard or activities/swiss-half-fare-c ard/index.html. You can order along a free Swiss Family Card for your son.

The VIP seats in the front of the train are only available between Montreux and Zweisimmen. You can reserve the seats through You should book seats for all travelers, children too. Select the front carriage and the front-most seats; these are the VIP seats. You only book seats on this website, not tickets.

There's nothing else to book in advance for the traveling within Switzerland. The discounted tickets can be purchased at the rail station of Geneva airport. Show them your Swiss Half Fare Cards, and explain your route and whether you prefer to travel 1st or 2nd class. In any case the section from Montreux to Zweisimmen should be 1st class, as the VIP seats are 1st class. The rest of the trip can be 1st or 2nd.

Your itinerary could be like this:

  • Geneva airport dep. 1:54 PM
  • Montreux arr. 3:04 PM
  • Montreux dep. 3:44 PM
  • Zweisimmen arr. 5:32 PM
  • Zweisimmen dep. 5:38 PM
  • Interlaken Ost arr. 6:18 PM
  • Interlaken Ost dep. 7:05 PM
  • Lauterbrunnen arr. 7:25 PM
  • Lauterbrunnen dep. 7:31 PM
  • Mürren arr. 7:51 PM

Please verify this in the timetable for your exact travel date.

The trip to Colmar is free to Basel. Most trains to Colmar don't require a reservation, so you can buy your tickets in Switzerland (50% discounted to Basel, not discounted beyond Basel). If you do prefer to purchase the Basel to Colmar tickets in advance, you can order them along with your Swiss Half Fare Cards through or european-trains/tgv-lyria/how-to-book.html.

Enjoy your stay and have a wonderful birthday!

Last modified on Oct 27, 2017 - 3:44 PM by Arno
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new member
May 25, 2015 - 2:40 AM in reply to Arno

Thank you very much Arno, very helpful.

I have been attempting to buy the Swiss 1/2 fare online through both websites you gave me but for some reason at the time of payment it wont let me proceed further from checkout?

Also As we are in Australia is is better for me to go through the later website you provided although the other Euro Rail Europe cheaper...just was concerned with courier time, we depart in a months time. Wondering your advice in this regard?



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expert &
May 25, 2015 - 8:55 AM

Hi Lucy,

From Australia you can order the Swiss Half Fare Cards, plus the Swiss Family Card for your son, through pass/swiss-half-fare-card-7423 or pass/swiss-half-fare-c ard. All the options are listed on the Swiss Half Fare Card page. Sorry, the site is for the US and Central America only; I somehow assumed you were based there.

Last modified on Oct 27, 2017 - 3:28 PM by Arno

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