May 24, 2017 - 4:12 PM
I asked Swiss Travel System which is the company creating Swiss rail passes for tourists. The rule is that children up to 5 years old travel for free anywhere in Switzerland. But there's an exception for trains requiring seat reservations like the Bernina Express and Glacier Express. In such a case children can still travel for free if they don't require their own seat. In reality it's not comfortable to have a child sitting on your lap for hours, so obviously you want them to have a seat. If they require a seat, they also require a valid ticket or a pass. The Swiss Family Card or Junior travelcard is considered a valid ticket as well, so if you have one of those for your child, then you don't need an additional ticket. You only need the seat reservation. Will you be traveling with a Swiss Travel Pass? If so, you'll get the Swiss Family Card for free.
There is a problem on the Rhätian Railway website (find the link on our Bernina Express page). For children of 6-15 it let's you select a reduction pass, like the Swiss Family Card. For children of 0-5 there is no selection like that. So it lets you pay for a ticket. I recommend to get in touch with them here. They might be able to change their website or solve this in another way for you. Alternatively you can book seats through www.happyrail.com/en/p ass/europe/switzerland /panoramic-trains. They don't ask questions about reductions, they simply let you book the seats.
I hope this helps. Please keep us informed about how it turned out for you.
Regional trains in mid October should not be too busy. There might be more tourists if it happens to be a holiday week for residents of Switzerland, Germany or one of the other nearby countries, but it should all be fine.
Last modified on May 24, 2017 - 4:13 PM by Arno