Swiss Transfer Pass for Zurich to St. Moritz

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Czunder
Czunder
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Nov 24, 2018 - 3:18 PM

Good afternoon,

I will be travelling to Switzerland for the first time in January with 7 companions. We will be landing in Zurich but are heading to Club Med in St. Moritz by train. I was planning to purchase rail tickets through RailEurope but saw the Swiss Transfer Passes today which are slightly cheaper. My question is - if I buy the transfer passes can I reserve seats on the trains I want or is it first come, first served?

Arno
Arno
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Nov 24, 2018 - 4:58 PM

Hello Czunder, welcome to MySwissAlps!

You are referring to the Swiss Transfer Ticket, am I right? This ticket type will no longer be sold in 2019, but if you buy it in 2018 you can still use it in 2019. Rail Europe and other purchase options are listed here: www.myswissalps.com/sw isstransferticket/pric e.

Seat reservations are a separate thing, regardless of which ticket or pass you're traveling with. Seat reservations are uncommon in Switzerland, except for a few tourist trains. Please find details here: www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/reservations. If you would like to reserve seats anyway it will cost you at least CHF 5 per person per train, which would be CHF 80 for this trip (2 trains, 8 people). But again, it is not needed. You can always board.

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Nov 24, 2018 - 10:00 PM in reply to Czunder

The Swiss Transfer Ticket was effectively made redundant with the advent of the Saver Day Pass (www.myswissalps.com/sa verdaypass) and bit.ly/2rkekat.

Czunder
Czunder
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Nov 25, 2018 - 2:37 PM in reply to Arno

Thank you Arno and Rockoyster. This seems too good to be true, since the transfer passes are significantly less than the train tickets. Since we're travelling in a group I just want to be sure that we can all get on the same train/car. I just want to confirm - with the transfer passes no reservations are necessary - we just show up at the train station and board the train of our choice? And they are valid for one outbound and one return ride within the dates I indicate?

Arno
Arno
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Nov 25, 2018 - 4:52 PM in reply to Czunder

Hi Czunder,

Correct, you don't need to book seats, regardless of which pass or ticket you will be using. That's just how it works in Switzerland: the train system is designed to be flexible. The Swiss Transfer Ticket indeed includes one outbound and one return ride. The pass that Rockoyster mentioned includes unlimited rides on one day, but you should be aware of the restrictions (like no refund) and buy well in advance. His links explain the details.

Czunder
Czunder
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Nov 25, 2018 - 7:17 PM

Thank you so much! I think I'm ready to take the plunge. I have to say that I find the Swiss Rail website somewhat confusing (and I'm a travel agent...I'm used to deciphering things!), so your responses have been very helpful!

Arno
Arno
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Nov 25, 2018 - 8:51 PM in reply to Czunder

Hi Czunder,

The domestic SBB website is geared to Swiss residents and can indeed be overwhelming. In many cases you only need it to check train schedules. For passes, including the Swiss Transfer Ticket, you can visit their much simpler tourist webshop: https://shop.switzerla ndtravelcentre.com/#/e n/home.

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