7 day Switzerland tour late October - best options

7 day Switzerland tour late October - best options

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Nataguzman
Nataguzman
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Mar 31, 2018 - 4:22 PM

Hi! We are flying to London by October 17th. Then, from London to Switzerland a few days later. We would like to take the 8 days Swiss Travel Pass to see as much as we can, and found the recommended 7 day tour from this page very useful. However, as our trip will be on late October ( 20th - 29th), and we read that the Glacier Express and another train will not be working, how can we change those trips that would have taken 2 different days for other ones? What would you suggest us to do instead? Or how can we visit those places Where the Glacier Express goes? Please give us some ideas! Thank you for your help!

Nata and Gus

rockoyster
rockoyster
3368 posts
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Mar 31, 2018 - 11:07 PM in reply to Nataguzman

Hello Nata and Gus and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

Late October is perhaps not the greatest time to visit Switzerland. The weather may we’ll be bad and a lot of things are between Summer and Winter tourist seasons.

No matter, you can always follow the Glacier Express (www.myswissalps.com/gl acierexpress) route on regular trains. Use the Swiss Train Timetable (www.myswissalps.com/ti metable) to plan your travel. If you haven’t used it before it will pay to read the instructions on that page before delving into the timetable. Use the SBB timetable on the right of the page.

Dress warm and happy travels.

Alpenrose666
Alpenrose666
2120 posts
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Apr 1, 2018 - 1:27 AM in reply to Nataguzman

To get the whole Glacier Express route in the Swiss Timetable, enter From Zermatt To St Moritz Via Andermatt (or vice versa if you are travelling in the opposite direction). If you don't put in via Andermatt, the timetable will generate the fastest connections between Zermatt and St Moritz, which is not the Glacier Express route.

You don't, of course, have to travel the entire route. If you are only going to travel part of it, I would not miss the sector from Andermatt across the Oberalppass to Disentis/Mustér.

The main differences using regional trains instead of the Glacier Express are:

  • The carriages don't have panoramic windows (but are perfectly adequate for enjoying the scenery)
  • Reservations are not required. This offers the advantage of being able to move around from side to side as the best views are sometimes on the left, sometimes on the right.
  • No catering service: so bring some food and drink, as it is a long trip
  • There is no single direct train. To travel the route St Moritz-Zermatt using regional trains, you need to change trains in Reichenau-Tamins, Disentis/Mustér, Andermatt and Visp (or sometimes Brig instead of Visp).

A lot of mountain transport (e.g. cable cars, funiculars, mountain trains, PostBus mountain-route services) starts closing for the winter, or for low-season maintenance, from about 22 October 2018 onwards. Dates vary from place to place.

If there were any mountain-top trips you were hoping to do, let us know and we can advise you what their operational dates are.

Alpenrose

Nataguzman
Nataguzman
6 posts
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Apr 1, 2018 - 5:22 PM in reply to rockoyster

Thanks Rockoyster and Alpenrose for the information, it really helps us to know about the possible weather conditions in order to be prepared. Are those regional trains included in the Swiss Travel Pass? Or should we have to buy extra tickets to travel with them?

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Apr 1, 2018 - 8:57 PM in reply to Nataguzman

Regional trains are covered by STP. To get the best from the Pass you need to become familiar with the map you can download from www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass/validity.

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