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Jun 10, 2022 - 3:26 PM

I am going to be trekking the Haute route from Geneva -> Chamonix to Zermatt in a few weeks. Then from Zermatt I will take a train to Zurich.

I have 1 suitcase I want to transfer from Geneva to Zermatt. The rail rules say that you need a valid ticket for the entire journey, though it looks like I can buy the luggage online without it.

Can I buy a rail ticket from Geneva to Zermatt so that I can have the luggage transfer, but not actually use the train? Will my luggage get confiscated? Will they hold your luggage for over a week?

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Jun 10, 2022 - 5:43 PM in reply to as2975

Hi as2975,

Based on my experience, you do no need a valid ticket to use the SBB luggage transfer. They probably won't check if you actually get on the train though. The luggage will be picked up at the destination station by SBB staff and kept in storage for up to 4 days for free. Every subsequent days cost CHF5.

You'll find more details here: www.myswissalps.com/train/practical/luggage Links to the SBB luggage services are at the bottom or in the right column of the page, under Information on other website.



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expert &
Jun 11, 2022 - 7:19 AM in reply to as2975

Hi as2975, and welcome to MySwissAlps!

The official rule for the station-to-station luggage transfer service is as follows: "Luggage can only be checked in if you have a ticket valid for the whole luggage transport route or one of the following annual travelcards: (...)." So yes, officially you need a ticket for Geneva-Zermatt. In reality it may not always be checked when handing in your luggage, but there's a realistic chance you'll have to present a ticket.

Will you be using any kind of rail pass for your stay in Switzerland? If so, a rail pass that grants free traveling (such as a Swiss Travel Pass (https://www.myswissalps.com/swisstravelpass), Swiss Travel Pass Flex (https://www.myswissalps.com/swisstravelpassflex) or Saver Day Pass (https://www.myswissalps.com/saverdaypass)) counts as a valid ticket. A rail pass granting discount (such as the Swiss Half Fare Card (https://www.myswissalps.com/swisshalffarecard) will get you a ticket at half fare.

If you don't have a pass, you can wait and see if a cheaper Supersaver ticket becomes available for the day you hand in your luggage: https://www.myswissalps.com/traintickets/switzerland.

Whether you actually board a train will not be checked.

Last modified on Jun 11, 2022 - 7:19 AM by Arno


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