Swiss train reservations and first vs second class

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CraigS
CraigS
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Apr 15, 2019 - 7:59 PM

I am traveling with a party of four from June 21 through June 30. We fly in and out of Zurich and are spending three nights in each in Lucerne, Interlaken and Zermat and finishing with a night in Zurich. We are traveling by train and plan to purchase an 8-day Flex Pass. Should we obtain advance reservations for the trips from city to city? Are carts for luggage readily available at the train stations? What advice do you have in selecting first or second class tickets? Are second class seats comfortable? (Two of us are over six feet tall.). Are there other significant advantages to first class tickets? Thanks very much!

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Apr 16, 2019 - 3:09 AM in reply to CraigS

Hello CraigS and Welcome to MySwissAlps

You won't need reservations. See www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/reservations.

I'm 6-foot tall and found the second class seats perfectly OK. See www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/practical/2nd1stcl ass. If there is a particular trip you want to upgrade to 1st class for then you can do that.

CraigS
CraigS
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Apr 17, 2019 - 2:04 AM in reply to rockoyster

Thanks for the quick advice. Two follow up questions:

What about luggage assistance in train stations? Are there luggage carts or porters?

When we have traveled in the past, we have hired private guides. Do you recommend doing so in Lucerne, the Interlaken/Lauterbrunnen area or Zermatt Would a guide with a car be helpful in any of those areas? Or can we do it ourselves with assistance from guidebooks and our own research?

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Apr 17, 2019 - 2:32 AM in reply to CraigS

I don't remember seeing any porters but then I wasn't looking. I think there are hand carts at larger stations. But I just travelled with a back pack and a wheelie suit case so had no need for such.

You should be fine to find your way around. There is a large tourist information centre at the NW corner of the Luzern station. Just search the locations you are visiting using this site and you should discover enough to find you way around.

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