Glacier Ex. reservation & Brig - Zermatt must see?

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Mar 15, 2017 - 6:30 AM

Hi Folks,

My wife I have reservations for the GEX from Brig to Chur on 22 May. It is too early to purchase the actual tickets. When they become available do I need to buy them from or can I buy them direct from SBB. Is one way better than the other?

We had planned to arrive Brig from Basel on 21 May and stay overnight in Brig.

Now wondering if we would be better to travel from Brig to Zermatt and take GEX fro Zermatt instead of Brig. Is the Brig - Zermatt leg unmissable bearing in mind we plan to do every other conceivable scenic route around Switzerland over the following 3 weeks. ie Bernina, Gotthard Panorama, Voralpen, Golden Pass.

If we changed the GEX booking would we need to pay separate reservation fees for the Zermatt - Brig leg or would they be likely to agree to extend the reservation.

The other alternative is to skip a day in Basel and arrive in Brig a day earlier than planned then on the free day just take a regular train Brig-Zermatt-Brigg roundtrip. I presume the route and scenery is just the same on the regular trains as on GEX. So am essentially weighing up whether a day's sightseeing in Basle is better use of our time than a trip up to see the Matterhorn.

So many options so little decisiveness. Sorry to ramble on - any advice greatly appreciated.

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Mar 15, 2017 - 1:27 PM in reply to rockoyster

Hi rockoyster,

Where you buy the reservations from does not matter so don't worry there!

I am not sure if they would agree to extend the reservation without any extra fee -my experience is it is unlikely.
Correct, the scenery is the same whether you are on the GEX train or not. I wouldn't cancel a day in Basel just to do this route to and from Brig, in fact I don't think I would worry about missing it entirely - you are seeing a lot on your trip!

Of course the final decision is yours - another member may chime in to say not to miss it but from what I recall it won't wreck your holiday if you skip that section ;) Have a read through our description of the GEX routes here.


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Mar 16, 2017 - 2:54 AM in reply to Lucas

Thanks Lucas. We'll stick to our original plan.

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