Which day trips from Bern after conference?

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Manoj Nair
Manoj Nair
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Jun 13, 2019 - 12:23 PM

Hi, Iam visiting Bern for a confernce and will have couple of days in hand. I would like some advice for the free time on hand. My conference is for 3 days i.e 19,20,21 of June 8am to 6pm at the University of Bern. Is there some sight seeing I can do after 6pm on these days?

I have the whole of 22nd and most of 23rd till I take my flight from Zurich at 10pm. I would like to make some scenic train, cable and funicular rides. What is the best I can do in the given time? I have booked my accommodation in Bern.

Annika
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Jun 13, 2019 - 2:49 PM

Hi Manoj Nair! I noticed you asked the same question in your previous topic: myswissalps.com/forum/ topic/short-lone-trip-to-bern. You received quite some tips there. If anything is not clear yet, please let us know.

Manoj Nair
Manoj Nair
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Jun 16, 2019 - 4:39 PM

Hi, yes I would like to know a few things that I could not find answers to.

1) If I buy a super saver ticket online for travel from Zurich Airport to Bern is it valid only for that particular train? can I use that ticket for another train if my flight is delayed? What are my options then?

2) Can I manage some trips/ sightseeing after 6pm on the days Iam attending the conference?

3) I have to have my base in Bern. So I have to travel back to bern for the night. So my radius of travel would be limited.

4) When I check out from Bern on Sunday, I would have luggage with me(1 large suitcase). Can I leave my luggage at some locker facility at a station and pick it on my way to Zurich Airport? My return flight from Zurich is at 22.30hrs on 23rd Sunday.

5) Is Zurich Rail station and Zurich Airport rail station the same or at different locations. How far apart are they?

What travel pass would be best for me. I was narrowing down a 3day Swiss pass for 21,22,23rd

5)

Steph
Steph
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Jun 17, 2019 - 4:44 AM in reply to Manoj Nair

Hello Manoj,

Let's see if I can provide some input to your questions.

1) The supersaver tickets are LIMITED to one SPECIFIC TRAIN, so if you miss that train, you need to get an entirely new ticket for the following connection. This option is a tricky one for arrival days, as you say, flights can always get delayed, and you might entirely loose that ticket, which would be a silly start into a holiday. I would rather look at a Saver Day Pass instead:
- www.myswissalps.com/sa verdaypass

2) The timetable link will help you calculate travelling times to closer destinations:
- www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

4) I assume you will be staying in a hotel, right?! Normally hotels will store your luggage for you on the day of both arrival and departure, shouldn't be a problem. Alternatively you will find lockers in both Bern and Zurich train station.

5) NO, Zurich HB and Zurich Flughafen (airport) are NOT the same station, they're about a 15 minute train ride apart.
- www.myswissalps.com/ai rports/zurich

To figure out which rail pass suits you best you first need a clear itinerary and can then use the spreadsheet in below link for detailed calculations:
- www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass

Best,
Steph

Peterli
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Jun 17, 2019 - 11:49 PM in reply to Manoj Nair

One trip you could take by train is to Morat (Murten), where the sunset from the old city, looking over Lake Morat (Murtensee) and Mont Vully, with the Neuchâtel Jura beyond is very nice. See attached photo taken by a friend in Morat just a few days ago. The train trip (via Kerzers) takes anywhere from about 39 to 48 minutes.

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Manoj Nair
Manoj Nair
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Jun 18, 2019 - 12:28 PM

Just landed in Zurich. Will follow your suggestions. Thanks a lot. This forum is one of its kind. Keep doing the good job

Steph
Steph
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Jun 18, 2019 - 12:34 PM in reply to Manoj Nair

Welcome to Switzerland, then!

What a nice summer day to start a trip!!!! :)

Enjoy and thanks for your compliments..

Steph

Manoj Nair
Manoj Nair
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Jun 21, 2019 - 5:18 PM

Ok, my conference is over and Iam planning a trip to Jungfrau and on my way back to Bern enjoy a boat ride on the Lake Thun. on Sunday morning plan to go to Luceriene and the Zurich in time to take my 10pm flight. I was planning to buy a 3 day Swiss pass for all this travel. I understand I still will have to buy a discounted ticket for Jungfrau. How do I do that. Till which place is the Swiss pass valid, on my trip from Bern to Jungfrau?

Is a physical print out of the Swiss pass required or the email on my phone would be sufficient?

Annika
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Jun 21, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Hello Manoj Nair,

Great that you can start exploring Switzerland now! You can buy your Swiss Travel Pass through any of the retailers listed at myswissalps.com/swisst ravelpass/price. Officially you need to carry along a printed version. In most cases the personnel can scan the code on your phone, but sometimes the paper version is asked for instead.

Your Swiss Travel Pass is valid as far as Wengen or Grindelwald, and you'll need an additional 25% discounted ticket to and from Jungfraujoch. The Swiss Travel Pass validity map at myswissalps.com/swisst ravelpass/validity helps you to find out such details, as well as myswissalps.com/jungfr aujoch/tickets. You can get your discounted tickets at a railway station along the route, or online in advance.

Manoj Nair
Manoj Nair
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Jun 21, 2019 - 6:03 PM

Thanks a lot. God Bless.

Manoj Nair
Manoj Nair
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Jun 23, 2019 - 7:03 PM

Dear friends, its an end to my short but fruitful and fulfilling first visit to Switzerland. Just for the benefit of new tourists on a short visit Iam describing my itienery.

On Saturday morning I bought a Swiss Travel pass from Bern train station for 3 days knowing well I would be able to use it only for 2 days as I am flying out today,Sunday night. Started my trip from Bern as follows.

Train Bern>>Thun>Boat>>Spiez> Train>Zweisimmen(Cable car ride to Rinderberg and back)> Panoramic GoldenPass train>>Mountrex> Train >> Glion>Funicular ride down to Territet>Mountrex> Panoramic train back and back to Bern.

Sunday Bern to Interlaken Ost to Grindalwad, explored the nice little town, back to Interlaken West. Boat ride to Thun then back to Bern and now Zurich Airport.

I think given the time constraints I could savour an all round slice of Switzerland!! I know its not enough and trust me I will be back with my family for a longer trip. This was all possible due to the selfless enthusiasts on this forum. Kuddos to you all for such a wonderful experience.

Steph
Steph
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Jun 24, 2019 - 9:39 AM in reply to Manoj Nair

Hello Manoj and thanks a million for your feedback!

It's lovely to hear you're planning to return with your family and also that you received helpful input here on MySwissAlps.

Would it be too much to ask you to copy-paste your above post into a new thread in the "trip reports" forum, so that members can find it more easily?! Maybe together with one or two photos?!
If you don't have the time, then don't worry. :)

Kind regards and looking forward to supporting your next Switzerland itinerary, if needed!

Steph

Manoj Nair
Manoj Nair
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Jun 25, 2019 - 3:10 AM

Hi.

I will put do that asap. Thanks a lot and my best wishes to all.

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