Rail travel times from Interlaken

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Cowtown
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Jun 16, 2018 - 6:41 PM

Can you tell me the approximate total time, one-way, for rail travel (and the number of trains we would need to take) from Interlaken to the following areas and cities:

1) Zermatt

2) Basel

3) Lucerne

4) Schilthorn

5) Crissier

in any of these routes, would you recommend travel by car instead of train? Our travel dates are July 3rd to July 9th.

1960man
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Jun 16, 2018 - 10:47 PM

You can find this information for yourself using the online rail timetable, but roughly:

Zermatt

minimum journey about 2 hours; minimum of 3 different trains

2) Basel

about 2 hours - direct IC train - no changes

3) Lucerne

Direct ZB railway train (Luzern - Interlaken Express) - no changes - just under 2 hours

4) Schilthorn

about 1.5 hours - various options via the Lauterbrunnen valley

5) Crissier

I assume this is the Lausanne Crissier in which case around 2h50 min, min 3 changes

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Jun 17, 2018 - 2:55 AM in reply to Cowtown

Hi Cowtown, and welcome to MySwissAlps!

Here is a link to the Swiss Timetable:

www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

Use the one on the right, with the red SBB logo, and for best results read the instructions first.

Crissier is only accessible by bus. To find the closest bus stop to your destination in Crissier, look up the address in Google Maps, then zoom in to find nearby bus stops.

If you hover the mouse over the bus stop logo (or tap it on a hand-held device), it will give you details about the official name of the stop, and the number/s of the bus routes that stop there. You can then use that information in the official Swiss Timetable to find out how to get there, and to plan trips to places you plan to visit from there.

Alpenrose

Lucas
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Jun 17, 2018 - 5:59 AM in reply to Cowtown

Hi Cowtown,

Alpenrose's timetable link will show you the travel times and train connections needed. Also have a look at our car vs train web page for our thoughts on that: https://www.myswissalp s.com/carversustrain

9/10 trains are best we think!

Cowtown
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Jun 17, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Thank you all for your assistance. I had read the car vs rail forum on myswissalps.com before and With your additional information, am leaning toward the STP and using the trains. Would you suggest a car to save time or stick to the efficient trains?

I was debating using a rental car to see if I could save some travel time using a car instead of train. We will be staying in interlaken from July 3rd to July 9th and wanted to see Lucerne, Zermatt, Schilthorn and have planned a lunch at Cheval Blanc in Basel. We have decided not to travel to Crissier based on the information on your posts.

Lucas
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Jun 17, 2018 - 5:34 PM in reply to Cowtown

For the Interlaken region trains make the most sense I think - and much more comfortable to just sit and relax. :)

Cowtown
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Jun 20, 2018 - 5:35 PM

I’m not sure where I saw this but I understand that on certain trains (panorama trains for instance), you have to make an additional reservation. For example, from Interlaken to Lucerne and a specific portion of the trip from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch.

How do you make these reservations and how would one find out, in advance, which routes require a reservation?

Arno
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Jun 20, 2018 - 6:19 PM in reply to Cowtown

Hi Cowtown,

There are only a few trains in Switzerland that require a reservation. The ones you mentioned offer it as an option. Please find at all explained here: www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/reservations.

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