Jan 6, 2017 - 2:25 AM
in reply to randess
<<"Finally, thank you for keeping it simple. Now I just have to get those train tickets and maybe tickets to fly back to Paris. Frankly, that itinerary seems to be the most complicated part of this trip. But based on Arno's advice, I'll just take the train to Basel, order the Swiss Half Fare Card for online delivery, and buy train tickets to and from Zermatt.">
Thanks. We try to help.
Sounds good to me.
You will find that rail travel in Switzerland is focused on making it easy for the traveler. Excellent signage, plenty of English. Only problem is too many options...for example, your tickets are good for the route for that day, so if you miss a connection, just catch the next one. The timetable will show you just how frequent the trains are.
<<"Now I just have to get those train tickets and maybe tickets to fly back to Paris.">>
Arno and Annika recommend (and I agree enthusiastically) that rail travel from Switzerland to Paris is simpler and more comfortable than plane travel, and not all that different in time spent, once allowance is made for early arrival at the airport, and transport from the airport in Paris.
At the risk of moving away from Simplicity, I shall introduce you to SwissTopo, the "Mother of All Maps" of Switzerland, published by the Federal Land Office.. Infinite combinations of detail, including things only needed by geologists or geographers. Addictive:
map.geo.admin.ch/?topic=ech&lang=en&bgLa yer=ch.swisstopo.pixel karte-farbe&layers=ch.bav.ha ltestellen-oev,ch.swisstopo.swiss tlm3d-wanderwege&layers_visi bility=false,true
Home page has products- paper maps, Smart Phone App- free....