Itinerary advice for 4 days trip from Zurich

Itinerary advice for 4 days trip from Zurich

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maizon
maizon
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Feb 19, 2018 - 2:17 AM

Hi,

On this sept ,we (2 person)will arrive Zurich Airport at 19:00 PM .We plan to stay about 4 days to explore Switzerland.For day 4 We plan to fly out from Geneva to Istanbul.

Can someone advise me how to plan for 4 days trip.We plan to take 4 days swiss pass and I like to take Golden Pass Classic train.

Thankyou.

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Feb 19, 2018 - 2:26 AM in reply to maizon

Hello maizon and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

On arrival I'd suggest you catch a direct train from Zurich Airport to Lucerne (1 hour) and stay overnight there.

From Lucerne you can follow the Golden Pass LIne (www.myswissalps.com/go ldenpass) to Montreux. Have a look at the route and see which of the places along the way appeal for a stopover. You can find out more about any of the major towns along the way by using the search box at the top right of this page.

Use the Swiss Train Timetable (www.myswissalps.com/ti metable) to plan your travel.

The Swiss Travel Pass Area of Validity map ( PDF downloadable from www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass/validity) will show you where you can travel for free or with discounts.

Depending on what time you are leaving Geneva the airport is with 1½ hours of Montreux.

Last modified on Feb 19, 2018 - 8:02 AM by Chantal
maizon
maizon
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Feb 19, 2018 - 2:50 AM in reply to rockoyster

Thank you for your advise.May I know,can I buy Swiss pass at Zurich Airport?

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Feb 19, 2018 - 5:12 AM in reply to maizon

Yes you can but it is much more convenient to buy on-line and print at home before you travel. You just nominate the day you want the pass to start. Not only do you get to print and carry backup copies of the pass you also avoid any queueing to buy it at the station. You can buy on-line from a number of outlets shown here www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass/price.

If you go direct to Luzern from the airport the fare is only CHF30 so you would need to weigh up if it makes sense to use a day from your pass for that. A 4-day pass costs you almost CHF 70 per day.

Last modified on Feb 19, 2018 - 5:13 AM by rockoyster
maizon
maizon
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Feb 20, 2018 - 4:24 AM in reply to rockoyster

Thank you for your reply.

I read at forum.raileurope-world.com that for Golden Pass Line which is a scenic train , I will need to purchase compulsory seat reservations.Is it true?

Alpenrose666
Alpenrose666
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Feb 20, 2018 - 4:55 AM in reply to maizon

>> I read at forum.raileurope-world.com that for Golden Pass Line which is a scenic train , I will need to purchase compulsory seat reservations.Is it true?

No, it's not. Reservations are optional.

However, the sector from Zweisimmen to Montreux is very popular and attracts large tour groups. It is recommended to reserve this sector to ensure you get a window seat and that you and any travel companions can sit together.

You can make reservations up to 90 days in advance at the following website:

reservations.mob.ch/re servation/reservation/ reservation/reservatio n/reservation/reservat ion/reservation/reserv ation/reservation/rese rvation/f?p=151:1:31189623710780 02::NO:::

Alpenrose

Alpenrose666
Alpenrose666
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Feb 20, 2018 - 4:59 AM in reply to rockoyster

>> rockoyster ... 1720 posts

What's this??? I'm getting left behind in a trail of dust ;-)

I want a recount!!

Alpenrose

rockoyster
rockoyster
3406 posts
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Feb 20, 2018 - 5:15 AM in reply to Alpenrose666

LOL. I got a new lease of life since turning 70! 👴🏻

maizon
maizon
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Feb 20, 2018 - 6:40 AM in reply to Alpenrose666

Thank you for your explanation.You said that better I reserve the seat ...Is't include for Golden Pass Classic train? And how could I know the Golden Pass Classic train in the SBB Timetable?

rockoyster
rockoyster
3406 posts
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Feb 20, 2018 - 6:47 AM in reply to maizon

Golden Pass changes . . .

The composition of the GoldenPass MOB Panoramic with VIP seats will be taken out of service and completely revised on 3 September 2018. There will be regular GoldenPass MOB Panoramic with panorama carriages in 1st and 2nd class.

The GoldenPass Classic will be undergoing renovations from 8 January to 29 June. From 30 June, the three Belle Époque coaches will be put back into operation and the name of the train composition will change to GoldenPass MOB Belle Époque . During the conversion period, a scheduled train operates with conventional coaches

maizon
maizon
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Feb 21, 2018 - 1:34 AM

OK Noted.

I will be there around 16th Sept to 19th Sept.Within this period can I able to see autumn leaf color?

Lucas
Lucas
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Feb 21, 2018 - 7:26 AM in reply to maizon

Hi Maizon,

Yes, I think you might get a little lucky on fall colours just starting then....might be a touch early though.

maizon
maizon
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Feb 21, 2018 - 7:42 AM in reply to Lucas

Thank you for the Info.I will pray for that:)

maizon
maizon
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Feb 21, 2018 - 8:10 AM in reply to rockoyster

Hello,

I will arrive Montreux from Geneva at 17:38PM.I saw at Golden Pass time table,the table shown until 17:44PM From Montreux to Zweisimmen.(as per attachment).Is it the Golden Pass Scenic train until 17:44PM ?

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Lucas
Lucas
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Feb 21, 2018 - 3:38 PM in reply to maizon

Hi maizon,

Yes it is. All departures on that schedule are panoramic trains. The blue or gold highlighting denotes whether it is the newer MOB panoramic or the heritage style Belle Epoque.

You can also use the Swiss railways timetable for the specific day you want for that route. Click the train to expand the information. On September 22 for example, the 17:53 is a MOB Panoramic train.

maizon
maizon
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Feb 22, 2018 - 4:09 AM

Thank you Lucas,your reply very helpful.

maizon
maizon
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Feb 22, 2018 - 7:31 AM in reply to Lucas

Hello Lucas,from this timetable how can I know that the schedule given is for Golden Pass line?

Lucas
Lucas
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Feb 22, 2018 - 7:40 AM in reply to maizon

The schedule won't state "Golden Pass line" unfortunately.

The Golden Pass is a train route marketed as the Golden Pass ( which is between Luzern and Montreux) but with many different styles of trains running on it throughout the day.

  • Luzern to Interlaken trains are called Lucern-Interlaken Express trains and are are similar to full panoramic trains.
  • All trains between Interlaken - Zweisimmen are regional trains and not considered panoramic.
  • And then the "golden pass" panoramic trains that are marketed regionally & internationally only travel between Zweisimmen and Montreux and are noted on the timetable as MOB Panoramic or Belle Epoque. Other standard trains run on this line as well so on the timetable you want to pick a train marked with the names above to ensure you are on a panoramic train
Last modified on Feb 22, 2018 - 7:48 AM by Lucas
maizon
maizon
30 posts
active member
Feb 26, 2018 - 3:11 AM

Hello,

I book hotel at Interlaken West.Can I go there by boat using Swiss travel pass from Spiez train station?

rockoyster
rockoyster
3406 posts
expert
Feb 26, 2018 - 4:21 AM in reply to maizon

Yes.

Interlaken West (See) the boat dock is adjacent to Interlaken West Station. But Spiez station is about a 20 minute walk or a bus ride from Spiez Station to Spiez Schiffstation ( the boat dock).

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