Nov 8, 2017 - 11:22 PM
in reply to DaviG
>> My worry is that I travel in the afternoon of the 23rd December, so it's likely to be very busy so close to Christmas.
Attached is a PDF showing all the departures from Genève to Zermatt in the afternoon and evening of 23 December 2017.
All but two connections are entirely on regional trains, i.e. InterRegio and Regio trains (see the timetable column called Travel with). Reservations are not possible on these trains.
There are two connections on which reservations are possible for part of the way: Connection 5 and Connection 13, which both utilise EuroCity trains heading for Milano Centrale.
Connection 13 offers a EuroCity train all the way to Brig, but is probably too late in the day for you.
Connection 5, departing Genève at 13:39, offers a EuroCity train as far as Sion, but to get to Zermatt in the quickest time, the timetable suggests you change at Sion and travel on non-reservable trains the rest of the way. This at least would get you out of Genève in a reserved seat, but on a train which is likely to be more crowded than the regional trains anyway!
Another option, if you don't mind a 47-minute wait at Brig for a connecting train to Zermatt, would be to take that EuroCity train from Genève at 13:39 and stay on it until Brig. You could then reserve a seat for the whole sector Genève to Brig. You can get this connection to come up by doing an advanced search in the Swiss Timetable and increasing the Duration of transfer time to at least 20 minutes.
You can make your reservation in the SBB Ticket Shop. If it comes up in German, you can change to English via a link at the top of the page.
Last modified on Nov 8, 2017 - 11:44 PM by Alpenrose666
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