May 9, 2018 - 1:31 AM
in reply to falajames
>> But specifically for the Golden Line it seems to have "special seats" (larger windows or the one decorated like belle epoque) that if I want to assure one for me I should pay for its reservation. Right?
- If you get a panoramic train between Zweisimmen and Montreux, all the carriages, both first and second class, have panoramic windows. These trains can be identified in the Swiss Timetable by the words MOB PANORAMIC. Reservations are optional. If you have no reservation, and the train is crowded, you might have to stand. Several people on this forum have reported that they had to stand because they had no reservation. Making reservations also gives you a better chance of getting window seats and/or sitting together if you are travelling with friends or family.
- Some MOB PANORAMIC trains also have a limited number of VIP seats in the front carriage, which give you a driver's view of the track and landscape. You have to have a first-class ticket or pass to travel in these seats, and reservation is mandatory.
- If you get a regional train instead, all carriages have ordinary windows. Reservations are not needed.
- The Belle-Époque carriages are out-of-service for renovation until the end of June.
>> Do you guys know the kind of seats that this line has to tell me that if these special ones are really very special or the important is what we can see outside the windows?
If you mean the VIP seats, I have travelled in those. If you are keen on taking photos from the train, the VIP seats might not be your best choice, as you end up with the windscreen wipers in photos taken through the front window. You can see some photos I took from the VIP seats in my post of Jun 24, 2015 - 3:50 AM on the following page:
You will get different opinions on whether or not it is worth travelling in the VIP seats, so you will just have to make up your own mind.
>> Lucerne-Geneva (by Golden Line with the panoramic views) ... I need to buy more than one ticket, right?
No. If you don't have a pass, you just buy a ticket for Luzern-Genève via Meiringen, Zweisimmen and Montreux. If you don't put in the via stations, you will get tickets for a different route that is not the Golden Pass route.
Last modified on May 9, 2018 - 1:36 AM by Alpenrose666