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Shahidah63
Shahidah63
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Nov 13, 2019 - 7:12 AM

Hello, as it will be my first time to Switz using public transports, I am seeking clarification on whether I should be changing platforms on the route Zurich HB to Luzern, or just stay onboard all the way to Luzern. Attached is the screenshots of what were displayed on the sbb apps, the 1st is the standard view whilst the 2nd is a detailed view of the route.

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JaneEB
JaneEB
115 posts
active member
Nov 13, 2019 - 9:53 AM

Hi Shahidah63

Welcome to the forum.

For your information the name of the country is Switzerland.

Having looked at your screenshots.

If you catch the 9.32 train you have 1 change at Rotkreuz. This is shown by the dot on the line.

If you catch the 9.35 train there is no change. No dot on the line.

Hope this of help.

Jane

rockoyster
rockoyster
7919 posts
expert
Nov 13, 2019 - 10:08 AM in reply to Shahidah63

Click on the train departures and they will expand to show you where the connections (if any) occur, how long you have between trains and which platforms you arrive and leave from.

In many cases you can also click to see a map of the station to show you where the platforms are.

Pick the direct (no change) train from Zurich to Lucerne.

The SBB mobile app is the greatest thing.

You can have a look at the timetable at www.myswissalps.com/ti metable too.

1960man
1960man
2332 posts
top member
Nov 14, 2019 - 1:16 AM in reply to Shahidah63

To travel Zurich HB - Luzern, you should not choose any train that is not shown as 0 changes. Zurich - Luzern is virtually a shuttle service it is so frequent, and there are direct trains twice per hour throughout the day.

Trains depart Zurich HB at xx.04 and xx.35 minutes past each hour. The xx.04 is a few minutes faster than the the xx.35

This PDF might help you to visualise the schedule (you will see the trains I mention in bold type

www.fahrplanfelder.ch/ fileadmin/fap_pdf_fiel ds/2019/660.pdf

1960man
1960man
2332 posts
top member
Nov 14, 2019 - 1:20 AM in reply to JaneEB

This discussion illustrates very well one of the downsides of online /computer journey planners. In this case the computer offers a service with a change of train even though a few minutes either side there is a direct train. In the past using traditional timetables one would never even bother to pick up on the train with one change.

rockoyster
rockoyster
7919 posts
expert
Nov 14, 2019 - 2:06 AM in reply to 1960man

"This discussion illustrates very well one of the downsides of online /computer journey planners . . . ."

No it doesn't. Give me the SBB mobile app any day.

What are the other downsides you see in modern technology 1960man?

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