May 29, 2018 - 3:42 AM
in reply to chuckfinley
>> even though the train on the SBB timetable says "reservations compulsory" I only need a tickets and a seat reservation to Chiasso? I don't need a seat reservation from Chiasso to Arth-Goldau? That is the part that still has me a little worried.
In the absence of any details of the date and time of your train, I have used the SBB timetable and picked a connection at random for mid-July:
- Venezia S. Lucia to Luzern, departing Venezia S. Lucia at 8:20 on 12 July 2018.
- For the sector Milano Centrale to Arth-Goldau, it shows both "Reservations compulsory" and "Reservations possible" on EuroCity 16.
- It shows the train departing Milano Centrale at 11:25 and arriving in Chiasso at 12:10, then departing Chiasso at 12:15, arriving in Arth-Goldau at 14:09.
If you do a search for the trip on EuroCity 16 from Chiasso to Arth-Goldau at 12:15, it will show "Reservations possible" for Chiasso to Arth Goldau, not "Reservations compulsory".
Of course, as reservations are possible, that means someone else could reserve your seat from Chiasso to Arth-Goldau if you haven't reserved it yourself, and you would have to move to another seat.
As you are travelling in July, and the train will probably be crowded, I would be inclined to make a reservation on the SBB site for the sector Chiasso to Arth-Goldau. It will almost certainly be a different seat from that you reserved from Milano Centrale to Chiasso, but at least you will have a definite seat to move to if someone turns up at Chiasso with a reservation for the seat you have been occupying from Milano. However, note that any seat you reserve from Chiasso to Arth-Goldau will be released for anyone to sit in 20 minutes after leaving Chiasso if you are not occupying it.
The old-format SBB timetable (which is still online at the link below) is much more specific about the requirement for reservations (see attached screenshot), but the new-format timetable unfortunately lacks this level of detail.
Last modified on May 29, 2018 - 4:15 AM by Alpenrose666
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