Train reservation lead time Bern to Gimmelwald

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Apr 21, 2018 - 3:25 PM

We will be traveling from Bern to Gimmelwald on the 2nd of Sept. We would like to see the sights in Bern but are unsure of when we will want to leave to go to Gimmelwald. Do you recommend deciding on a time and booking train ticket in advance, or booking the day we plan to leave? Will this affect the price and/ or availability of tickets?

Thank you!

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Apr 21, 2018 - 4:11 PM

Hi Jamiedewolf,

Tickets are valid for the day and not bound to a specific train (only exception is Supersaver tickets so don't buy those). Whether you buy on the spot or online to save some time in Bern does not matter price wise either, apart from small exchange rate differences and the odd online promotion (I'm not aware of any).

For more details please see aintickets/switzerland or aintickets/switzerland halffare if you have a Swiss Half Fare Card for discounted tickets.

Have a good trip!

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Apr 21, 2018 - 6:03 PM in reply to Removed user

Hi JamiedeWolf

Reservations are not necessary on Swiss trains, except for some of the special panoramic trains.

Although you most likely can book seats on an Intercity train (IC) from Bern as far as Interlaken Ost, you cannot book the rest if the way. And, Regional trains in Switzerland do not allow reservations. avel/inswitzerland

The types of trains will be identified in the timetable: metable

See this thread for an example in my post near the end of the thread: rum/topic/is-it-possible-to-see-the-swiss-alps-in-one-day


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