Interlaken Ost to St Beatus caves by boat

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stocklord
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Mar 22, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Hi, I am travelling from Lucerne to Interlaken and will come in to Interlaken Ost station.

I then wish to get to St Beatus caves by boat, which means train to Interlaken West, and boat from there. My Tell pass will cover me to Interlaken Ost, but how can I pre-book tickets for the rest of the journey?

I can see a combination ticket from Interlaken West for the boat and caves for CHF38 on the BLS website but am unable to pre-book. The timings are very tight in order to catch the boat so I won't have time to get tickets on the day. I think I can pre-book the ticket from Interlaken Ost to West for around CHF4.

Thanks.

Maria
Maria
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Mar 22, 2019 - 12:50 PM

Hi Stocklord

We have a previous thread on the subject that might help you, on this link: www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/boat-schedule-to-st-beatus-caves

You can book boat tickets using the timetable: www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

As you say I don't see any Lake Thun boat tickets covered by the Tell Pass: www.myswissalps.com/bo atlakethun/tickets and www.myswissalps.com/te llpass

Hope this helps and have a great visit to the caves!

Maria.

Slowpoke
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Mar 22, 2019 - 1:03 PM in reply to stocklord

Hi stocklord -

Rail tickets can be bought for days in the future at any ticket machine. Perhaps that would work for the boat?

Slowpoke

stocklord
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Mar 22, 2019 - 2:14 PM in reply to Maria

Thanks Maria, but I can't see how to buy boat tickets. The advanced timetable only gives me train routes.

Slowpoke
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Mar 22, 2019 - 2:54 PM in reply to stocklord

Hi Stocklord

Hw long is the connection time?

The timetable works for me, for July. See screen grab.

Perhaps the problem is your date of travel? When are you traveling? The boats have very limited schedules at some times of year.

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I am 99 % certain that you can buy that ticket for a future date on any ticket machine. If you cannot do that when you first arrive in Switzerland, go to a ticket window and buy it for that date, or get it at that time on the internet as shown in the screen grab.

Finally,they usually sell tickets after you board the boat, at a small onboard ticket window. Done on most boats that I have been on. Not sure if every boat does it. Or, usually a conductor will walk around the boat to check your ticket, and he will almost surely sell you one. That is the last resort.

Slowpoke

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stocklord
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Mar 22, 2019 - 3:14 PM in reply to Slowpoke

Thanks Slowpoke, I was trying to do it from Interlaken Ost as I need to get the train ticket from Ost to West as well as the boat ticket.

I won't be travelling until May so cannot book that far in advance. Will try nearer the time, thank you.

Maria
Maria
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Mar 22, 2019 - 8:06 PM

Hi Stocklord

The timetable worked for me as well, are you looking for boats from Interlaken West or Ost? You will need to get from Ost to West by train, as the boats depart from Interlaken West. Or you could walk, as it's only a 20 min walk between the two.

I am sure you would have no problems buying a ticket when you get there or nearer the time.

Maria.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Mar 23, 2019 - 12:02 AM in reply to stocklord

Buy your ticket for the whole trip at Luzern. It is not necessary to buy it so far in advance, as Maria points out.

Also, you do not need to buy it in pieces.

If you still find that not clear, go to ticket counter in Luzern main station. They will sort it out for you.

To help make it clearer, you do not need to buy separate tickets for train and boat.

Slowpoke

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stocklord
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Mar 23, 2019 - 9:02 AM in reply to Slowpoke

Yes, but I will have the Tell pass which covers me to Interlaken Ost.

Thanks.

Slowpoke
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Mar 23, 2019 - 9:08 AM in reply to stocklord

<<"Yes, but I will have the Tell pass which covers me to Interlaken Ost.">>

You can still buy the tickets in Luzern, where presumably, you will have more time to do it.

You can buy a ticket for anywhere in Switzerland from any ticket machine or station in Switzerland.

Slowpoke

Maria
Maria
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Mar 23, 2019 - 9:47 AM

Hi again

You can buy this ticket online through the timetable or at any point in your journey. You only need to modify your starting point. However, if you're concerned you will make a mistake, then go into any of the SBB ticket shops at any major station and they will help you out.

Maria.

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