Swiss Travel Pass and 8 day itinerary in October

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meetmanmeet
meetmanmeet
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Apr 15, 2019 - 12:45 PM

Hello Folks,

I am planning for Switzerland tour in coming October, i have some confusion regarding my itinerary so i am going to share my itinerary,please have a look and give me suggestion on planned itinerary and answer for my confusion.

Day 1- Landing In Geneva and local see sighting for a day.

Day-2-off to montreux and catch Goldan Gate pass till spiez,speiz to bern and then back to interlken.

Day-3-Grindelwald first + Mount. Schiltorn

Day-4- Harder Kulum & Mount. Jungfrau

Day-5- Arrival at Luzern, local see sighting + trip to pilatus and engelberg.

Day-6-Arrival At Zurich, local see sighting

Day-7-Arrival at Zermatt,catching glacier express till Chur

Day-8-Chur to Tirano then off to italy.

I'll buy 8 days swiss pass but my confusion here are :

1. i want to ask if there will be any snow on glacier express and bernia express route,considering the last trip i.e 13 october 2019 in glacier express and 14 october 2019 in bernia?

2. I am not found of traveling in trains except there will be good snowy view. (let me now if its worth taking both or one of them, need suggestion here)

3.if its not worth taking both the train then should i buy 4 days swiss pass and start my swiss pass from day 2 (as i can travel free within geneva with geneva pass for local see sighting) and buy a day pass for zurich which cost about 9 chf or i can get around the city by free bi-cycle or by walking and then off to milan.

Please let me know if there is anything need to add or subtract in my planned itinerary and suggestions about glacier & bernia express.

Thanks & Regards

Manmeet Singh

pvonk
pvonk
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Apr 15, 2019 - 5:04 PM

When in October? Weather conditions in the alps are very different between the first week and the last. Toward the end of that month is the change from summer to winter seasons. Many hotels in the alps close for a week or two and restaurants are not as plentiful. Two years ago I was around the Wengen area in the third week and they just got the first snow.

meetmanmeet
meetmanmeet
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Apr 15, 2019 - 5:14 PM in reply to pvonk

I am planning most probably second week of october as glacier express is no longer runs after 14 october 2019 so i was asking particularly of those days between

Steph
Steph
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Apr 16, 2019 - 9:26 AM in reply to meetmanmeet

Hello Meetmanmeet and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

Your itinerary sounds wonderful, but also quite squeezed and full. To find out if you're fine with requested travelling for each of your days, use our timetable link. Read how it works first, it's an invaluable tool for planning:
- www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

The Glacier Express is operating until the 13th of October, this might explain why you don't find trains on the 14th.
- www.myswissalps.com/gl acierexpress/gettingth ere

The Bernina Express operates all year round. For details:
- www.myswissalps.com/be rninaexpress/gettingth ere

The chance of snow at that time of the year on at least some of the journey is quite likely:
- www.myswissalps.com/we ather

I think your idea of rail passes makes sense, if you're ok using exclusively local transportation in both Geneva and Zurich.

For best selection of rail passes use this 5-step instruction:
- www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass

And find an overview of available passes here:
- www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses

Best,
Steph

Last modified on Apr 16, 2019 - 9:26 AM by Steph
meetmanmeet
meetmanmeet
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Apr 16, 2019 - 10:32 AM in reply to Steph

Thanks steph for your detailed explanations & indeed it’s a compact itinerary as i was not planning for swiss before but now wants to include swiss with trip to uk & thanks again for your output, i am probably going to skip both the trains and save some money and travel else where in europe for that two days 🙏🏻

Steph
Steph
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Apr 16, 2019 - 10:35 AM in reply to meetmanmeet

Hi Meetmanmeet,

You're welcome! You can of course just stay longer in some of the areas you will already be visiting, also saving money and getting to know locations a little closer. There's lots of things to do in the Jungfrau Region as well as Lucerne and Zurich.

Check these links for inspiration:
- www.myswissalps.com/ju ngfrauregion/activitie s
- www.myswissalps.com/lu cerne/activities
- www.myswissalps.com/zu rich/activities

Most importantly, have a good and safe journey, wherever you head!

Best,
Steph

meetmanmeet
meetmanmeet
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Apr 16, 2019 - 1:26 PM in reply to Steph

Thanks a lot again, i'll keep that suggestions in my mind, one thing more is there an luggage drop/storage for 2-3 hours in montreux, bern & zurich. Do i have to pay or what?

Arno
Arno
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Apr 16, 2019 - 2:51 PM in reply to meetmanmeet

Hi Meetmanmeet,

Yes, there are lockers that you can rent for a few francs: www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/practical/luggage.

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