Oct 23, 2017 - 5:15 PM
in reply to barbarawaugh
Hi barbarawaugh and welcome to MySwissAlps!
Yes, it is possible that if you are only making one or two trips by train, bus gondola etc in Switzerland, then a rail pass may not save you any money. If you want, to be sure, use our page on how to choose the best rail pass. You need to know all the trips you will make to compare costs. If you are using the gondolas in Zermatt or elsewhere those costs do add up.
You may want to look at the Swiss Transfer Ticket though if you are just traveling Zurich - Zermatt and back.
If you just buy regular point to point tickets within Switzerland then you can take any train that day so missed connections aren't the end of the world. You can use the timetable to find ticket prices and make purchases. The first fare you see is for Swiss Half Fare Card though. You must click purchase and enter all your details (and select no rail pass) to get the full fare (or just double the price you see on the timetable to know quickly).
If you happen to come across a Supersaver ticket (sometimes available) then you must take that specific train. These tickets are denoted with a % sign on the timetable.
10 minutes is a very normal connection time and should be doable unless you have a lot of luggage and /or kids etc. The timetable will show you what platform your train arrives on and what platform your train leaves on. Platforms 1-18 are street level & 19 - 44 are underground.