Jul 25, 2017 - 7:02 AM
in reply to lanceyyy
>> I am trying to learn the cost of a train ticket from Zurich HB to Chamonix on a Sunday. I do not wish to take a bus, so on the SBB site I click "advanced search" and uncheck the bus choice. The routing is Zurich->Lausanne->Martigny->Vallorcine->Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. I plan to travel 24-SEPT. When I click the "purchase tickets" button the SBB Ticket Shop page says "An error has occurred. The parameters for the connection could not be accepted." This has continued for a few days now. I've tried looking at dates closer to today and consistently get the same error message. Does anyone know what I am doing wrong?
Hi Lance, the most likely reason is that SBB does not sell tickets all the way to Chamonix on the Mont-Blanc Express (which is what this route is called). They can only sell you a ticket to the Swiss/French border.
You can get a price of sorts on the site below, but for some strange reason, they will not calculate a fare for a journey with more than two connections!! So you can only calculate a fare from Lausanne:
To get prices in Swiss Francs, change the country at top right of the page to Switzerland before you put in any other details, then when the ticket price comes up in Euro, click on it and it will also display the price in Swiss Francs.
The price between Zürich and Chamonix, when calculated by this method is CHF 137.76 for Zürich-Martigny, Martigny-Chamonix; or CHF 133.13 for Zürich-Lausanne, Lausanne-Chamonix.
By the way, when doing a timetable search for this trip, it is probably better to put in via Martigny and/or Vallorcine rather than unticking bus as a means of transport. From 5 September to 30 November 2017, the Mont Blanc Express line will apparently be closed between Argentiere and Montroc for rail improvement works, and a bus service will be provided over this sector.
You might already know that the Mont-Blanc Express is free with the Swiss Travel Pass all the way to Chamonix, and reservations are not possible.