Travel tips - Flying to Zurich from Southwest US

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May 30, 2018 - 6:22 AM

Dear All, I am travelling with my kiddos & DH from Southwest US into Zurich and had a few questions of you frequent travelers & locals :)

1. Given that where I live in US is about 13hrs behind Zurich and we will be taking 2 flights to get to Zurich which is close to 14/15 hr flight, I think it is only natural that we will have jet lag. How do you guys manage it ?

2. We need to store 2 of the 4 large suitcases (29 inches) for about a week, because taking them around switzerland doesn't seem to be a good idea. Thinking of using left luggage service at the airport. Am I on the right track here ?

3. We plan on buying the Swiss passes (with 2 added cards for our kiddos) at the Zurich main station. Is that a good idea or should we buy them online ahead of time ? Is the train ride from the airport to railway station free ?

4. On the onward train journey to Wengen we will be carrying 2 large suitcases & a couple of bagpacks. Is there an easy way to stow the luggage on train ? Also, the sbb website tells us that we need to switch 3 trains - how easy is to lug the luggage around between platforms ?

5. I am certain that kiddos will get hungry in the close to 3hr train ride .. do railway stations offer snacks, small meals ? If we were to sit n eat, is Bern a good station to do that ?

Thanks again guys !!

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May 30, 2018 - 7:51 AM in reply to Ina

Hi Ina,

  1. It should be a 9 hour time difference - Hawaii is 12 hours if you mean that far SW in the states! :)
    Still can be crappy jet lag. I use melatonin whenever the time zone change is more than 3 hours. Works well for me. Then I just don't plan too much the first day. Most flights from the West Coast of Canada/US arrive in the morning so you do have a full day to kill. Maybe a mountain trip to get some fresh air?

  2. Yes correct. For more details on Zurich airport look here: https://www.myswissalp

  3. I think buying them online is the best choice. You can have them printed at home (emailed to you same day) and then you can just hop on the train at Zurich airport and get going. You also have an electronic back up to print again if you lose your copy. Look here for online retailers: https://www.myswissalp price The train from Zurich airport to Zurich main station is about 7chf

  4. There is a luggage rack in most carriages for larger suitcases. Backpacks or small luggage pieces can go above your seat or behind.
    It is pretty simple to switch trains in Switzerland with luggage - just look at your connection times on the timetable and find out which platforms you arrive and depart from to get an idea of where you are going. In smaller stations you may just be walking across the platform (10 feet). Zurich station has 40 odd tracks though and can be disorienting.

  5. You can buy food at kiosks or supermarkets (small or large) at most every station - or on the train itself (carry Swiss Franc as the credit card machine can be flaky). Bern station has a lot of food options if you want to stop for a bit. You are also right in the city centre so you could stop for lunch in town and wander around as well - nice city.
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May 31, 2018 - 5:58 AM in reply to Lucas

Thanks a lot Lucas !! Extremely helpful responses : ) : ) ! I was worrying earlier but now I know :) !

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