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Anomalsagoff
Anomalsagoff
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Oct 17, 2019 - 10:39 AM

I bought 5 STP for 8 days for our coming trip from 21 - 27 Dec 2019 yesterday. I wanted to make seat reservation for GEX on 27 December as we plan to board GEX from Brig to Chur which then we will take a train from Chur to Zurich Airport to catch our flight to London at 8.50pm.

However, only today I realized that the GEX is not operating during our trip from 21-27 December. Feel so sad and wasted to spend MYR6.5K for the 5 passes and yet there are so many things are not available for us to explore

Annika
Annika
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Oct 17, 2019 - 11:31 AM in reply to Anomalsagoff

Hi Anomalsagoff, thanks for joining MySwissAlps!

The Glacier Express trains don't run from mid-October to mid-December, but they are available from 15 December onward, so there shouldn't be any problems for your travel dates. I don't know where you've checked operation dates or reservation options, but please find information about the schedules at www.myswissalps.com/gl acierexpress/gettingth ere and reservation options through www.myswissalps.com/gl acierexpress/tickets.

Note that, even if those trains weren't available, you'd still be able to enjoy the same route using regular trains as explained under "Regular trains versus Glacier Express" at www.myswissalps.com/gl acierexpress. So one way or the other, you certainly wouldn't have wasted money on your Swiss Travel Passes. They cover lots of train routes and many other activities, so there's usually more than enough to enjoy yourselves for weeks in any season: www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass/validity.

Last modified on Oct 17, 2019 - 11:31 AM by Annika
Anomalsagoff
Anomalsagoff
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Oct 17, 2019 - 3:34 PM in reply to Annika

Thank u Annika, sorry for my earlier message, I didnt get the right details about the GEX. Managed to go to the right link, however need to wait after 28 October to make seats reservation for 27 Dec 2019. Shall do it again when the time comes.

Thank you again for your prompt reply.

best regards

Annika
Annika
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Oct 17, 2019 - 3:58 PM

Hi Anomalsagoff! You can already book your seat reservations for the Glacier Express now, and you don't have to wait until October 28. Please refer to www.myswissalps.com/gl acierexpress/packages, and try https://www.happyrail. com/en/pass/europe/swi tzerland/passholder-fares-glacier-express for example.

Anomalsagoff
Anomalsagoff
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Oct 20, 2019 - 1:22 PM in reply to Annika

Hi Annika, I tried to book the seat reservation today, unfortunately on the date we plan to take GEX 27 December has only two seats available. What are the other options for us? If we take the regular trains and want to enjoy the same view, where do we start? we are based in Lucerne (1nite) brienz (2 nites), Murren (1 nite) and Grinderwald ( 1nite) and the last nite we will be based in Interlaken.

Thank you.

Arno
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Oct 20, 2019 - 4:39 PM in reply to Anomalsagoff

Hi Anomalsagoff,

There are still 12 seats left from Chur to Brig, but you would have to re-design your itinerary to make this work comfortably I think. It would be a very long day from any of the towns you mentioned, see "Don't have time for the full route" on www.myswissalps.com/gl acierexpress. Personally I don't think it's worth it from your base towns. I would focus on things to see closer to where you are staying. Days are very short late December. There's sunlight only from about 8 AM to 4:30 PM, so long days of outdoor sightseeing are not possible.

Another option is to take the regular trains as explained on the page I mentioned. It won't make the trip shorter but you'll be more flexible time wise, and it's cheaper because you don't need reserved seats.

Note that Brienz, Murren, Grindelwald and Interlaken are all very close together. Personally I'd stay 5 nights in one of these towns to save time on moving hotels. You could travel from Lucerne to Chur, then take the Glacier Express to Brig and switch for Interlaken if you really want to.

I hope this helped :-)

Last modified on Oct 20, 2019 - 4:40 PM by Arno

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