Apr 14, 2018 - 1:45 AM
We'll be doing the Golden Pass line route from Lucerne to Montreaux with our 5 year old in mid-late September this year overnighting in Zweisimmen along the way. We are planning on getting a swiss travel pass but still debating on whether we splurge for first class or just go second class. My understanding is that second class is more than satisfactory but I've also heard that in first class you are pretty much always guaranteed a seat because most everyone is travelling in second class. I know that our 5 year old will be able to travel free with us but it is my understanding that he is meant to sit on our laps unless we specifically book him a seat reservation.
I have several questions.
1. So, if we were to get first class tickets do we really need to make seat reservations on the different legs of the Golden Pass route for that time of year. ie. Lucerne to Interlaken, Interlaken to Zweisimmen and Zweisimmen to Montreaux? Do we need them if we get second class tickets? For which parts?
2. Re booking luggage through, is it possible to book luggage through to Montreaux and pick it up the following day and just carry a backpack with enough to get us through for the overnight stay in Zweisimmen. We'll be actually starting the journey in Zurich. Can we book it through from Zurich or do we hold onto it and book it through in Lucerne?
3. On the Zweisimmen to Montreaux leg can you get on and off the train at any points along this leg and have a look around or will this involve further seat reservations?
Essentially, I'm wondering if I have to pay extra for seat reservations all of the time whether we are in first or second class then are we just better off booking a second class pass because it will end up costing the extra anyhow. Are there any benefits to first over second in regards to other modes of transport such as boat trips etc?
Thanks for your help.