May 15, 2010 - 1:40 PM
Hello IMNiles, and welcome! It's possible to purchase one ticket from Fidenza to Spiez, including seat reservations and free travelling between Domodossola to Spiez. In order to get this, you should fill out your departure station (Fidenza), arrival station (Spiez) and travel date in the timetable
of the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB). Next, choose your connection and click 'Fare/Buy'. You should then follow the steps in the ordering proces. During the second step, you can select reduction options for Switzerland. In this drop-down list you should select 'GA 1 year / GA subscription' (you can choose between 1st and 2nd class, depending on the class in which you'll make your trip). The GA offers the same discounts as a Swiss Card and selecting this option will have the result that the Swiss part of the journey, from Domodossola onwards, will be for free. Next, you can reserve your seats for the entire trip.
As for validating your pass: as far as I know, you can validate your pass yourself by writing down the date(s) on which you want to use it. In this case, you shouldn't have to get off at a railway station or ask for the help of (foreign) railway employees. Entering the date on the pass before boarding the train should suffice. According to the terms and conditions stated by the official office that issues the tickets (Switzerland Travel Centre), the following procedure applies:"Holders of STT, SC, or Swiss Flexi Pass & Saver Flexi Pass should only enter the first date of travel on their pass immediately before boarding the train on that particular day of travel. Similarly, the return date must be filled in on the last date of use."
I'm trying to get more details on this and I'll get back to you in this topic.
As for your outbound trip: the Swiss Card requires you to travel to an airport or border station. So in fact you are traveling to Geneva airport. The Geneva main station is on the route to the airport, so you can simply get off the train there without completing the last small part of your trip. You're just traveling slightly shorter than what you're entitled to. If I find more details on this, I'll let you know as well.
Last but not least, I fully understand that you're looking forward to your return to Mürren! It's absolutely stunning.