Need suggestions on my 5 days trip!

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new member
Mar 9, 2012 - 10:49 AM

I'm from Thailand and I found this webboard really informative so I want some suggestions for the trip with my friends (4 including me) around the first week of May.

We are coming in from France and very interested in Swiss Pass promotion. Here is what i planned

- 1st day
Arrive Bern in the morning. Have a walk in old town.
Thun lake cruise to Interlaken
Stay in Lauterbrunnen

- 2nd day
Schilthorn (If the weater is clear)
Take the Glacier Express from Brig to Zermatt
Stay in Zermatt

- 3rd day
Ride the Gornergrat
Spend another night in Zermatt?

- 4th day
Take the train back to Interlaken
Take the Golden Pass train to Luzern
Take the train to Zurich and Stay there

- 5th day
Free time in Zurich and catch the plane back to Bangkok

My questions is
1.Is this plan too hectic?
2.Will we spend too much time in Zermatt? Should I go somewhere else?
3.What should we do with our luggages since we have to travel around the country?
4.Is youth hostel recommended? Or it's too far from each city.

ps. sorry if there's some bad English. It's not my native language.

Thank you.
6 posts
new member
Mar 10, 2012 - 12:06 PM
I'm sorry I've just read that there's only one Glacier Express daily so it seems like I have to cross it off my list. :(
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expert &
Mar 11, 2012 - 9:25 AM

Hi Witchapas, and welcome! I don't think your itinerary is too hectic, although some days will be quite full. You can check traveling times using the timetable, and try to estimate whether the traveling times indicated are acceptable for you. Zermatt is wonderful, and you absolutely won't get bored there.

Youth hostels are an option indeed. You'll also find affordable and centrally located hotels at this website in Interlaken and its surroundings (you can search for Lauterbrunnen as well), Zermatt, Zurich centre and the surroundings of Zurich Airport.

You're right, there's only one Glacier Express each day. But don't worry: regular regional trains between Brig and Zermatt ride the exact same route, so you won't have to miss out on beautiful views. If scenic train rides appeal to you and there's enough time by the end of day 2, you should travel from Lauterbrunnen to Brig not by the quick tunnel connection indicated by the timetable, but by the Lötschberg RegioExpress that crosses Kandersteg and Goppenstein. Just enter 'Goppenstein' as your via-station for details on this connection.

I indeed suggest that you consider the 2 for 1 Swiss Saver Flexi Pass, using free travel days for day 1, day 2, day 4 and day 5 (and a 50% discount on day 3).

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new member
Mar 11, 2012 - 9:43 AM
Thank you for your answer. It's certainly helpful. Now I'm considering coming back to stay in Lauterbrunnen on the third night and might stay in Lauterbrunnen in the second night also. What is your opinion? Can we be able to do the scenic route you mentioned, ride the Gornergrat, have some free time in Zermatt and ride the train back to Lauterbrunnen in one day? or should we spend the second night in Zermatt?
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expert &
Mar 12, 2012 - 12:43 PM
Hi Witchapas. You'll manage to make a day trip to Zermatt via this scenic route and return to Lauterbrunnen the same evening, but that will be a long day. You can best consult the timetable to find out whether you prefer a late return to Lauterbrunnen or an overnight stay in Zermatt.

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