May 14, 2018 - 11:20 AM
Thanks Lucas. I examined the entire route from Geneva Airport to Interlaken on Friday June1 after 3pm and found the route including the Golden Pass train. Thanks for your help! However, Due to the long route and construction it appears we would have to change trains/busses about 6 times with our luggage, and some exchanges only allow a few minutes. Would also take 5 hours and have us arrive arrive in Interlaken after sunset. I also noticed that some of the trains seem to be very crowded (probably due to Friday rush hour) because they showed 3 red persons in second class in the icons for the trips. So I started looking at trains with fewer stops and faster times from Geneva airport to Interlaken that are not the Golden Pass. Many of them after 3 pm look very crowded too. When looking at tickets, it seems liike they expire at 5 am the next day. This led me to believe that they are not necessarily for a specific departure time on June 1. But I could not find a clear explanation. If our plane is late or our luggage delayed or we just need orientation time, can I buy 2 second class tickets now for travel from the Geneva Airport to Interlaken and board any train from the airport that afternoon, once we are ready to board? Or must the ticket be purchased now for a specific train at a specific time, which we may miss? Or if we purchase the train tickets at the airport once we have our baggage, does rush hour crowd mean trains would be full or would have to stand up for long periods. We are in our 60’s in good health so some standing is fine. (Also, where do we put our 2 larger suitcases on the train?). We are not in a huge hurry but would like to try to arrive in Interlaken before dark since we are rookies at all this. If we can buy the 2 tickets for second class now, I would likely first buy the half price pass and then buy the 2 tickets (and later use the 1/2 price pass for travel around interlaken, probably purchasing the regional pass for that area, unless you see some big problem with that) Your advice on how to purchase tickets for travel during Friday afternoon rush hour along this route would be appreciated (now avoiding the Golden Pass unfortunately). Some flexibility due to our lack of control over flight and luggage, and our first time on Swiss trains would be an advantage if the tickets allow a flexible departure from the airport once we have our bags and locate the trains. We ok spending a bit more for the peace of mind of having some flexiblity and seat guarantee during this Friday afternoon rush since I created a bit of a challenge. I wish now that I had not arranged the flight to arrive during rush hour but we are stuck with it. Thanks for advice.