Swiss timetable shows busy train: reserve seats?

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Jul 1, 2018 - 2:41 PM

Hi Friendz,

Can someone help me with this, there seems to be a particular legend as shown in the attachment which shows that whether it's fully occupied or not on the train. So if it is the case can we at least stand and travel since it's a short distance.

So in this case I know you we should be able to get in to another train. but my problem is this could be the case for medium and long distance travel as well. So is it safe to think that still no need to reserve seats or for that matter tickets ?? Having a swiss travel pass will still save me right ??

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Jul 1, 2018 - 4:18 PM in reply to Ishkaan

Hi Ishkaan,

2 figures on the occupancy legend means fairly busy and 3 red figures indicates very busy and finding a seat may be hard. You can always stand on Swiss trains.

If the trip is short then I wouldn't worry about it. If you are going on a longer trip, the train is rarely that busy for the entire trip. You may only be standing for 15-20 minutes as people get on and off.

I don't think reservations are ever needed in Switzerland except panoramic trains (https://www.myswissalp ctrips/train) - but some regional trains allow reservations and if you like you can make them for 5chf per person.

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new member
Jul 1, 2018 - 10:04 PM

Agree completely. 9 out of 10 times one can find place to sit and on the ones that show as heavy occupancy you can stand until you find a place.

I would rate my experience of travel on SBB as excellent. Very organised.

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Jul 2, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Thank you very much Lucas and Jyoti

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