I have finalized and will purchase the Swiss Travel Pass for my 8 day visit in Switzerland. For my travel from Basel to Paris and Paris to London, I will purchase a Point to Point ticket. Perhaps this would be the best way to do it and most cost efficient. Since I am travelling in a Group of 6 (myself, wife, 2 small kids and my parents), I will be mostly responsible for overseeing all the luggage and etc. Need some feedback on the following matters.
June 22nd = Zurich Flughafen to Zermatt
1. My flight lands Zurich Airport at 6:30am on June 22nd. I hope to be able to collect my luggage and clear customs by 1 hour. Is this a practical target time. ?
2. After I am out I will proceed to the SBB Luggage services counter where I will provide some of my luggage (which I intend to use in Paris/London and not for use during my time in Switzerland) to be sent to either Interlaken OST or Basel. Now I am considering to send it to Interlaken instead of Basel as I feel that that would be more comfortable and perhaps easier place for me to collect the luggage and transfer to the train in Interlaken. And once I get off the train in Basel, I would hence then have to push the Luggage to the platform where the TGV train to paris departs. Please advise any concerns on either having my luggage sent and picked up later on July 29th in either Basel or Interlaken or any other inputs
3. I intend to take the 8:40am train from Zurich Airport to Zermatt via Visp. Now on the Zurich to Visp sector with the IC810 direction Brig, it says that reservation is possible and it shows very high occupancy on the train. Do you suggest I reserve the seats ? Is it enough time for me to get to this train. It is 2 hours after my flight arrival. I also need to buy Sim Cards once I am out at the airport. Or perhaps could I get Sim Cards from Zermatt for my entire Europe trip ??
June 25th = Zermatt to Grindelwald
I intend to take the either the regular or the Glacier Express from Zermatt. The Glacier Express is slightly a longer route. The Gex train operates from Zermatt to Brig which is a 20mins ride and after which I will change to the Lotschberger train from Brig to Spiez and then from Spiez to Interlaken. This route takes approximately 1 hour 16mins longer than the regular trians. Please kindly suggest if you think it is worthwhile to take this longer route or perhaps I shoudl arrive Grindelwald earlier and make most of my time there.
June 29th = Grindelwald to Paris ( Now this is the most crucial train journey of my entire trip)
10:49am = Depart Grindelwald for Interlaken Ost. Arrive Interlaken Ost at 11:23am. I have 37mins to collect my luggage that I sent from Zurich Airport. Is 37mins enough time to make collect the luggage and transfer to the train. Are there luggage carts in Interlaken ??
12:00am = Depart from Interlaken Ost ot Basel. Arrive Basel at 13:59. Transit time 35mins to transfer to the platform for the TGV lyra Train. Is the transit time enough ?
2:34pm = Depart from Basel for Paris
Look forward for your inputs.
Thanking you, Avish