Rail ticket lines in Switzerland in September?

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NJfam
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Sep 8, 2017 - 12:52 AM

Wondering if anyone knows what the train ticket lines are like in September in Lucerne, Grindelwald and at the airport Zurich Thanks so much all

Lucas
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Sep 8, 2017 - 1:47 PM in reply to NJfam

Hi NJfam,

I'm afraid there's no way to know that. It is not peak season anymore so its not as busy as the July/August.

Waiting lines at the train office can be anywhere from 5 minutes to maybe 45 minutes depending on how many people are there. There are also ticket machines you can use (maybe just a few minutes to wait if it is busy) if you are buying point to point tickets and don't need a rail pass etc.

Lucas

NJfam
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Sep 9, 2017 - 1:08 PM

Thank you Lucas. I am thinking of buying half pass so I still have to buy tickets as point to point correct Also if I buy Swiss pass I can opt for email print and carry from the MySwissalps site - I would not need to do anything else correct ?

Thank you very much for all your feedback

Arno
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Sep 9, 2017 - 8:51 PM in reply to NJfam

Hi NJfam,

Did you mean the Swiss Travel Pass when you wrote "Swiss pass"? If so, then yes, you can print it at home, just like the Swiss Half Fare Card. Please visit www.swissrailways.com/ en and click to the pass you prefer. Then fill out the number of passengers and the first travel date. After filling out your address, they will show the delivery options. Pick "Online Ticket" from the bottom of the list. They will e-mail the pass within 1-3 business days, but often within hours. All you need to do is print it, and you'll be ready to board the trains.

Last modified on May 17, 2018 - 11:50 AM by Arno
NJfam
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Sep 12, 2017 - 12:02 AM in reply to Arno

Thanks Arno. Wanted purchase the ticket but maybe too let for online option. We will be there September 17. How can I purchase the Swiss rail pass at the airport ? Thank you for your response

Lucas
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Sep 12, 2017 - 3:57 PM in reply to NJfam

Hi Njfam,

You can still buy either the rail pass online. It will get emailed to you in 3 business days at the latest (often within hours of purchase though). You can use the links from Arno above.

If you don't buy them online you can go to the Swiss railways office (SBB) at the airport and buy them there as well. It is just more convenient to have them bought online so you can print at home and then just hop on the first train at the airport (no lines!)

Lucas

NJfam
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Sep 12, 2017 - 5:07 PM in reply to Lucas

Hi Lucas is there a chance the Swiss pass would run out at the Zurich airport ; also what would the price be if bought at the airport I am afraid to get it online incase I do not get it in 3 days as the site says 7 days

Lucas
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Sep 12, 2017 - 5:35 PM in reply to NJfam

No, they can't run out of rail passes - only seats on trains!

The pricing will be the about same wherever you buy it. Online prices fluctuate a little depending on exchange rates and the company itself. You can find prices listed here.

Lucas

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