Switzerland transport options mid-late October

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May 8, 2019 - 2:25 PM

My fiance and I are wanting to plan a trip to Switzerland from October 12 - 21/22. We are thinking of flying in to Zurich and taking the train straight to Zermatt for two days, then stay in Wengen or Murren for 4-5 days to explore the Jungfrau region and while staying there also take the train to Interlaken for a daytrip and maybe train to Fribourg for another daytrip. Then we'll end our trip in Lucerne or Zurich (or a city close to one of them) for the last 2-3 days.

I had a couple questions about the trip:

1) I've read that during this time of year some cogwheels/transportation close as well as shops and restaurants. I imagine it won't be an issue for Interlaken, Fribourg, Lucerne, and Zurich. But for our Zermatt and Jungfrau part of the trip how big of a deal will this be? Will it prevent us from enjoying what those areas have to offer? We certainly want to hike and go to some areas off the beaten path. However, neither of us are pro or experienced hikers so we do not plan to do anything crazy or extremely intensive. I'm wanting to go to these areas first so it will be the Oct 12 - 18 portion of our trip.

2) Is there a website that provides updates on when certain modes of transportation begin closing?

3) We are planning to get the Swiss Travel Pass. Based upon the areas we want to visit, does this make sense? From looking at the travel pass map it seems like most of the places we want to go are covered by the pass. Seems like some areas in the Jungfrau region are not, but we get a discount with the Swiss Travel Pass. Is that correct?

Thanks for any guidance on our trip!

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May 8, 2019 - 2:48 PM

Hi Nathan,

Thanks for joining MySwissAlps! I think your plan sounds good. In general, mountain transport that does close for the winter will still be operational when you're there. Note that Interlaken is a central town in the region but not really worth a day trip on its own: www.myswissalps.com/in terlaken.

1) 2) You won't be limited much, probably not at all. It does depend on your plans. You can check nearly all transport schedules in the advanced timetable here: www.myswissalps.com/ti metable. Links to dedicated timetables for a particular cable car for example can be found on all our mountain pages, boat trip pages, etc.: www.myswissalps.com/ac tivities/naturalsites.

3) You'd probably want to compare the Swiss Travel Pass and Swiss Half Fare Card. All details are here:

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new member
May 8, 2019 - 3:09 PM in reply to Arno

Great, thank you for the quick and thorough response!

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