Reserving Bernina Express with Swiss Travel Pass

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Jerryventure
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Jun 4, 2018 - 11:10 PM

We have our Swiss Travel Passes, but are having trouble reserving seats for the Bernina Express Train from Chur to Tirano. Is it an extra charge to book seats w/this pass? Where do we go to books seats; on what website? We need these seats ASAP! Thx for help!

rockoyster
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Jun 4, 2018 - 11:22 PM in reply to Jerryventure

Hello Jerry and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

You can make reservations , which are an extra charge on top of the free travel offered by the Swiss Travel Pass, on the Bernina Express (www.myswissalps.com/be rninaexpress) here www.rhb.ch/en/panorami c-trains/bernina-express#info.

If it is booked out already you can do the same trip on regional trains where no reservation required. The scenery is the same.

Last modified on Jun 4, 2018 - 11:24 PM by rockoyster
rockoyster
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Jun 5, 2018 - 1:24 AM in reply to Jerryventure

Hello again Jerry,

I forgot to mention that during the BEX booking process, after you put in passenger details (I think) you will come to a step where you can claim a fare reduction for Swiss Travel Pass so that the price you pay is purely for the seat reservation.

Jerryventure
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Jun 5, 2018 - 1:37 AM in reply to rockoyster

Thanks for info...when we booked date/# of people - 4 adults, the charge for the 4 seats, 2nd class, was $646.04. Sound right??

rockoyster
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Jun 5, 2018 - 1:47 AM in reply to Jerryventure

No way. If you have a Swiss Travel Pass it should be CHF56 for 4 adults in total.

See attached.

Did you select Swiss Travel Pass in the reductions field? See second attachment.

Last modified on Jun 5, 2018 - 1:52 AM by rockoyster
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Jerryventure
Jerryventure
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Jun 5, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Tnx, Rocko, we reserved seats for BEX at Viator website, after starting from the BEX site. Is there a different staring site? We were not offered the screenshots you provided at the website where we were. Do we start at Swiss Travel Pass site? If so, where do we go from there?

Lucas
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Jun 5, 2018 - 3:11 PM in reply to Jerryventure

Hi Jerry,

I'm not sure how you ended up at Viator from Rockoyster's RHB link. It shouldn't push you to Viator, and you will see his screenshots.

You can also book through Happy Rail or R ailEurope as well.

Jerryventure
Jerryventure
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Jun 5, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Thx again for the info. We needed to start the purchase process to find the reduction. While paying we were denied trying to use our Visa and Master cards, and seats are filling up. I've got an email in to them. There's a phone number to call...+41 (0)81 288 65 65. Is this an International call and will be charged $$$?

Also which phones/service works the best in EU?

Lucas
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Jun 5, 2018 - 7:38 PM in reply to Jerryventure

Hi Jerry,

Yes that is an international phone#. But they should reply to your email within a day. Alternatively you can try the other 2 companies I mentioned, where your credit card should work fine.

What do you mean by which phones / services work best in the EU?

rockoyster
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Jun 5, 2018 - 9:03 PM in reply to Lucas

Hi Lucas,

Jerry obviously went from here to here instead of direct to here. My original advice must not have been clear enough.

Last modified on Jun 5, 2018 - 9:22 PM by rockoyster
Jerryventure
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Jun 6, 2018 - 3:11 PM in reply to Lucas

Guys, we're good to go! The credit card company declined charge till I verified validity.

I was wondering which Cell phone service works best in Switzerland. How's coverage there? Any difference between Sprint or Verizon?

Thx

Lucas
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Jun 6, 2018 - 4:06 PM in reply to Jerryventure

Ah ok. Well the coverage of local cell phone service is great. :) I don't know about American cell coverage in Switzerland though.

What I'd suggest is to get either a SimCard or a WiFi hotspot while you are here to avoid roaming.
https://www.myswissalp s.com/simcard

Tfisch
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Jun 6, 2018 - 5:39 PM

Just commenting on cell service: We have sprint in USA. We spent May in Italy and in Switzerland now in June. Sprint gives us free 3g service but it is often faster and good enough for gps and slow internet/email. Includes free texting. Phone calls are 20 cents/minute if using the cell service whether calling a Europe number or back to U.S. You can call using on-line services like FaceTime, WhatsApp, etc. for free if the person you are calling also has that app on their phone or pad. FaceTime worked pretty good for us even when not connected to WiFi but might fail if the cell service is a bit weak at your location. You may know that you can use FaceTime audio that does not need strong service like the FaceTime video requires. Skype lets you call landlines back in the U.s. and I assume in Europe for a few cents per minute if you have a skype account. The receiving end does not need a skype account. There may be other services like skype that also allow low cost calls to landlines. I just pay the 20 cents/minute on sprint since i use it rarely. Best to check the website of your cell provider or call their international number. Many talk of getting a SIM card or a phone while in Europe. I have never done that in 5 trips but a friend did and said he also had to get a new number with the phone but I am not sure if that is true with a temporary phone or SIM card. I ran up about $15 in landline calls at 20 cents per minute with sprint over 6 weeks but for free mostly used FaceTime or WhatsApp or texting.

Jerryventure
Jerryventure
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Jun 6, 2018 - 7:21 PM in reply to Tfisch

Thx for a wealth of info,Tfisch! We presently have a couple of Moto Android 16 gb phones. Wondering if we need a 32 gb Iphone while wandering around Germany, Austria, and Switzerland for 3 wks

rockoyster
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Jun 6, 2018 - 9:41 PM in reply to Tfisch

If you get a local SIM you get a local number.

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Jun 6, 2018 - 9:43 PM in reply to Jerryventure

Why? To store more photos?

Jerryventure
Jerryventure
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Jun 7, 2018 - 12:41 AM in reply to rockoyster

Yes, we'll be taking tons of pics of ALL the countries on our itinerary.

rockoyster
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Jun 7, 2018 - 1:36 AM in reply to Jerryventure

Well if your Android phones have decent cameras just get a stack of microSD cards to store them on as you go.

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