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Feb 26, 2018 - 11:46 PM

We are a party of four arriving Zurich July 1st. I'm retracing my journey from 1972 when, as a young college student, I backpacked through Europe. Please note that this trip has a very different budget. :-) We would like to purchase 4 day Swiss Travel Pass's and make our rail reservations as soon as allowed by the rail carriers. We will be traveling July 3 from Zurich to Interlaken using regular rail tickets. Then activating our four day Swiss Travel Pass July 4 to travel Jungfrau Railway to Jungfraujoch and back to Interlaken. July 5th we will travel from Interlaken to Zermatt and want to use the old railway / tunnel; July 6th we'll board the Matterhorn Gornergrat and return to Zermat for the night. On July 7th we want to board the Glacier Express from Zermatt to Chur and transfer / connect to a train to Zurich. Our objective is to sit / travel panoramic cars if at all possible.

Any coaching would be most welcomed if anyone feels we are missing something due to your local knowledge. Please advise as to the earliest dates we can purchase tickets, 1st class seat reservations, who to purchase from, which sides of the train to sit on etc, etc.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.


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Feb 27, 2018 - 3:04 AM in reply to Removed user

Hello Bbalock,

That looks like a good trip.

The Swiss Travel Pass get you 25% discount on Jungfraujoch beyond Wengen or Grindelwald.

You can normally make reservations on the panoramic trains 90 days out from your travel date.

The Glacier Express (GEX) - see acierexpress/gettingth ere) - should be the only journey on your itinerary that you need a reservation for. You can reserve seats here /gex_en.

You can use a 2nd Class Swiss Travel Pass and buy a Class upgrade for the Glacier Express (GEX). A Class Upgrade cost half the difference between 1st and 2nd class fares.

From Interlaken to Zermatt go via Kandersteg. You will then travel on the Regio-Express Lötschberger train over the traditional, more than 100 year old mountain route, giving you a wonderful view along the impressive peaks and down into the Rhone Valley.

Use the Swiss Train Timetable ( metable) to plan your travel. If you haven’t used it before it will pay to read the instructions on that page before delving into the timetable.

Happy retracing!

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Feb 27, 2018 - 6:06 PM in reply to rockoyster

Rock oyster -

Thank you for your reply.

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