Apr 28, 2018 - 1:30 AM
in reply to needforsneed
>> For example, I see that on the carriage 1 (which seems to be the only 1st class carriage) there is only 1 seat left on June 2 on the 13:04 from Interlaken OST to Lucerne.
I'm pretty sure there are additional seats, but they are just not reservable. They are kept for people travelling without reservations, as this train serves the local communities along the route as well as tourists.
I looked some months ahead in the booking system, and no first class carriage ever has more than 12 seats available for reservation. When you look at the carriage, there are another 19 seats greyed out - always the same 19 seats. That usually means they are occupied, but in this case, I think the more likely explanation is that they are kept aside as non-reservable. It's the same for second-class carriages.
However, that route does get busy. Even though I think it is likely you would get a seat in early June without reserving, the advantage of reserving is that you can get a window seat on the best side of the train for views.
Travelling from Interlaken Ost to Luzern, sit on the right.
From Interlaken, you will first travel along scenic Lake Brienz and on to Meiringen. At Meiringen, the train changes direction, and you will then be sitting on the left (and facing in the opposite direction), which is the best side to see the views into the valley as you travel over the Brünig Pass, then past the beautiful lakes (Lungernersee and the Sarnersee) with their mountain and meadow backdrops, and pretty lakeside villages.
Last modified on Apr 28, 2018 - 1:35 AM by Alpenrose666