Scenic train options - routes and pass coverage

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Apr 9, 2017 - 9:44 AM


I'm planning my Switzerland trip, and need some advice on trying to choose one of the scenic train rides as part of my trip. My questions are:

1. Which is the best? Golden Pass, Glacier Express, Bernina Express?

2. I’m a bit confused as to each of their routes, if we have to take the entre journey start to finish, or can we board at towns which the trains stop at? Is there a website for each of this that shows the route and stops?

3. For the stops – can we get off and get on again? If we do this do we need two separate reservations?

4. Are all these routes covered by the Swiss Rail Pass which I am planning to get?

Any help at all is much appreciated!


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Apr 9, 2017 - 3:16 PM in reply to Mimimiu

Hi mimimiu!

Welcome to MySwissAlps. Let's look into your questions:

1. That's hard to tell. All journeys have their own specific charm. Please compare for yourself; all journeys are described through ties/scenictrips/train. Which route is best may also depend on the rest of your plans and which base town(s) you pick. I suggest you study the information at ip/doityourself/compos eitinerary too. The map posted by Alpenrose in this recent thread may help as well: topic/1-week-switzerland-holiday-in-may-with-car-and-tra.

2. No, you can get on and off along the way. Please refer to the pages I mentioned above for descriptions of the journeys and links to the official websites and timetables.

3. If you get off and take a next train, then yes, you'll need separate seat reservations.

4. If you're referring to the Swiss Travel Pass: yes, all mentioned routes are for free except for seat reservations. Please study ravelpass/validity for details.

Does this help you out?

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