Feb 6, 2013 - 2:32 PM
Hi Sugarplumfairy. Some day trips from Basel will be quite long, as it's not located centrally, but if you're fine with train journeys that's no problem of course. I think it's wise to stay overnight in Zermatt, as that's one of the longest trips on your list.
As for the Bernina Express: that's really off your route and it would take a lot of time to fit this into your schedule. You would have to get to St. Moritz or Tirano first, and that alone will take a full day. Then you'd have to spend a day to make the Bernina Express ride. Other scenic rides would make more sense. For example, you could do part of the Glacier Express to Andermatt and then continue your trip back to Basel. Scenic alternatives are the Golden Pass line via Montreux, Gstaad and Zweisimmen (this will result in a long day trip too) or the Lötschberg RegioExpress via Goppenstein, Kandersteg and Spiez. If you fill out 'via-stations' in the timetable will such trips will be displayed.
Scenic trains are covered by the Swiss Pass. You can read all about this, and download a validity map, from the Swiss Pass page. Seat reservations have to be arranged (and paid) for seperately. As for buying your Swiss Pass: since you're traveling in April, you can afford not to order yet: interesting online offers may come along by February or March. If so, they will be mentioned in our rail forum.
I'm not sure if you need a hotel in Basel, but if so, this list may help you out. So may this overview of hotels in Zermatt.
Have fun preparing for your trip!
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