Get off Golden Pass train in Interlaken

Get off Golden Pass train in Interlaken

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2travellers
2travellers
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Apr 29, 2017 - 7:07 AM

Hi, we are hoping to take the Golden Pass Train from Montreux to Lucerne (in August). Is it possible to get off the train in Interlaken and have a look around and then take the next Golden Pass Train on the same day? Many thanks

Arno
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Apr 29, 2017 - 8:31 AM

Welcome to MySwissAlps 2travellers!

Yes, you can get off in Interlaken and continue later. The trains are regular public transport and there are no restrictions at all. You can travel with a ticket or a train pass. Smaller but more scenic towns along the Golden Pass line are Spiez and Brienz. Interlaken is a touristy town with a lot of shops and no lake unlike the other two I mentioned. The view towards the Jungfrau from the main street is nice though, if the weather is good.

Have fun!

2travellers
2travellers
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Apr 29, 2017 - 10:06 AM in reply to Arno

Thank you so much Arno! If we want to take the Panorama train on the Golden Line, I will need to book these tickets in advance right? We will be buying a 15 day Swiss Pass. Or is it best to just take a regular train and jump on and off as we please until we arrive in Lucerne later that day?

Also later in our trip we want to go from Lugano to Zermatt. It seems we have to go via Milan - is this correct? It would be great to take the Glacier Express part of the way to Zermatt but I can't quite figure out the best route from Lugano. Many thanks :)

Arno
Arno
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Apr 29, 2017 - 7:56 PM in reply to 2travellers

Hi 2travellers,

With a Swiss Travel Pass there's nothing else to buy, the ride is fully covered. Seat reservations are optional (myswissalps.com/golden pass/tickets). Whichever train you take, you can always jump on and off as you please. Unless you have seat reservations, as these are for one specific train. If you jump off, the reservation won't be valid for the next one. But again, they're optional.

Lugano to Zermatt via Milan is an option, but there are more scenic and cheaper ways to get there as not all of that route is included in the Swiss Travel Pass. For example:

  • Lugano - Locarno - Domodossola - Brig - Zermatt. This includes the Centovalli railway. Very nice, only requires a small surcharge to be paid on board.
  • Lugano - Andermatt - Brig - Zermatt (part of the Gotthard Panorama Express and Glacier Express routes). All included, unless you actually take the Express trains instead of the normal ones. The Express trains require reservations.

All Swiss Travel Pass details are here: myswissalps.com/ swisstravelpass.

Last modified on Apr 29, 2017 - 7:57 PM by Arno
2travellers
2travellers
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Apr 30, 2017 - 6:17 AM in reply to Arno

Thank you so much once again :)

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