Meeting point between Basel & Interlaken by train

Meeting point between Basel & Interlaken by train

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chandni177
chandni177
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Feb 8, 2018 - 8:42 PM

Hello!

We are planning to take the TGV-Lyria from Paris to Basel, and then use rail passes (undecided so far) till our apartment rental in Grindelwald.

My parents will be flying in to Zurich/Geneva.

What according to you all is the best place for all of us to meet? Does the Basel-Interlaken direct train stop at Bern? Or is it just better for them to just reach Interlaken on their own and meet us there?

Thank you!

Chandni

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Feb 8, 2018 - 9:15 PM in reply to chandni177

Hi Chandni,

You can use the Swiss Train Timetable (www.myswissalps.com/ti metable) to plot the most convenient rendezvous location. If you haven’t used it before it will pay to read the instructions on that page before delving into the timetable.

chandni177
chandni177
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Feb 8, 2018 - 9:17 PM

Okay, will do.

Thank you!

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Feb 8, 2018 - 10:24 PM in reply to chandni177

Forgot to mention if you press the + sign next to a particular train on the timetable it will show you where it stops on route. With tickets from Basel, Geneva or Zurich to Grindelwald you can break the journey at any stop along the route.

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Feb 9, 2018 - 6:59 AM in reply to chandni177

Another alternative you might consider is to take train from Paris to Montreux (via Lausanne or Geneva) and spend a night there. Your parents could then fly to Geneva and meet you at Montreux. Might make it easier to co-ordinate rather than trying to meet up at a railway station somewhere.

Next day you could take the very scenic Golden Pass Line (www.myswissalps.com/go ldenpass) from Montreux to Interlaken via Zweisimmen.

Seeing you haven't decided on a travel pass yet here's something to have a look at . . .

As well as the Swiss Travel Pass (www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass) there are many reigonal passes (www.myswissalps.com/re gionalpasses) which can work depending on where you are based and how much travel you plan. Before you can know for sure which pass suits your travel plans you need to do the sums based on the cost of all your planned trips on trains, boats, cable cars etc. You can use the Swiss Train Timetable (www.myswissalps.com/ti metable) to work out the fares for any trip. When you go to buy a ticket the fare you see on the right hand side of the page will normally be the half-fare price. Double it to get full fare. With A Swiss Travel Pass it is free provided it is shown as free on the Area of Validity map ( PDF downloadable from www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass/validity).

You should read “How to choose the best travel pass” (www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass).

Last modified on Feb 9, 2018 - 7:01 AM by rockoyster
chandni177
chandni177
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Feb 9, 2018 - 4:24 PM

Thanks so much for the Montreux tip! I will look into it.

The reason we haven't chosen a travel pass yet is because I haven't gotten a chance to sit down and sum up all the individual trips yet!

Rough outline :

Staying in Grindelwald from 12-18 May. Leaving by train from Spiez to Milan on 18th.

As for the 6 days, we are planning to mainly cover the Jungfrau region

1) Lake Brienz cruise and Interlaken area, 2)Lauterbrunnen and Jungfraojoch, 3) Murren-Stechelberg-(optional Schilthorn), 4) Wengen and some activities in First, 5) Day trip to Lucerne 6) extra

I have been toying with the idea of a Jungfrau region or Bernese Oberland pass, but I will have to factor in the train -1)from Basel to Interlaken, 2) Day trip to Lucerne, 3) train from Spiez onwards to Milan.

This is where I am so far. Any suggestions that might help accelerate my progress are welcome :D

rockoyster
rockoyster
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expert
Feb 9, 2018 - 7:49 PM in reply to chandni177

Bernese Oberland Pass could work well especially if you choose the Montreux option and you go to Milan via Kandersteg and Brig.

I guess you have seen the validity map at www.myswissalps.com/re gionalpassberneseoberl and/validity?

Either that or an 8-day Swiss Travel Pass.

chandni177
chandni177
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Feb 9, 2018 - 8:18 PM

Interesting. Yes I had seen the validity map before. This should help me decide much faster.

ps - Turns out, my parents will be landing in Milan at 6:30pm instead of Geneva or Zurich! The way up via Brig makes more sense now

Thank you so much for your help!

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