Aug 2, 2012 - 8:32 PM
Hi Annika and Arno - thank you so much for your suggestions! We have run the math different times and ways, and my best guess is that we are going to be best off with the BO pass and point to point tickets. The flexi pass offers some good options, but some of our plans are weather-dependent, so if we have rain even once things change - for example, we would stay where we are and do things, rather than travel to a mountain like Rigi. Also, the flexi-pass two-for one is only good in September, and our first two days of travel are in August, so we wouldn't be covered for Lucerne. To complicate matters, I think we'll probably travel second class, but buy a 1st class ticket from Lauterbrunnen to Innsbruck for that one super long ride. The flexi pass is just second class, right?
So my question now is - if I go and buy tickets on sbb.ch, do they mail them to me? Do they charge for that? Or is it an e-ticket that I print at home?
One thought - if we don't need reservations super far in advance, we'll be in Luzern a week before we take the ride from Lauter to Innsbruck. Could we just buy our tickets in person at the Luzern train station and do the reservation there, and not do anything this far in advance? That makes me a little nervous because there is a specific train that we want to be on, given the times available. But just getting it in person might be easiest if there's no risk that seats are sold out a week in advance.