I’m really struggling with trying to book tickets and make seat reservations. I was able to do so for the Glacier Express (reservations--not tickets), but I would also like to do so for the Golden Pass and Voralpen Express routes. When I search these routes, I read directions on their individual websites that tell me to book the tickets on SBB, yet when I enter the required info, I do not get anything that tells me if I am indeed looking at a Golden Pass panoramic train or a Voralpen train. I also can’t find the legend on the SBB website that tells me what IR and IC, etc., mean. Yet, even if I knew what they meant, I don’t know if those are the trains I need.
I’ve spent the past several weeks creating a two month long European itinerary with several flights and trains, including night trains, across 5 countries, but the sixth country—Switzerland—is proving to be really difficult. I feel like I am going around in circles from one website to another and then back again. I realize that some tickets are available on this site, but they are through raileurope which is more expensive than SBB. I even phoned the MOB number from Canada to ask why I wasn't able to book a reservation on March 18 for the Panoramic train. She said all reservations are suspended, yet when I came across this information from a link here in the forum, the media release stated that the panoramic train is running until March 19--only reservations for the Belle Epoch train are suspended from now until then. So, more circles.
Here is my itinerary:
March 17: Geneva to Montreux
March 18: Golden Pass from Montreux to Interlaken. Interlaken to top of Jungfraujoch. Then to Grindewald
March 19: Grindelwald to St. Gallen via the rest of the Golden Pass route and the Voralpen Express.
We're then doing the Glacier Express on the 24th--that reservation was easy to book. I still haven't purchased tickets yet, though, and when I enter the dates and departure/arrival cities (our reservation begins in Chur), I get a list of trains: Ice, IC3, RE, GEX, but I don't know what these mean. I'm entering Chur because I know it's on the Glacier Express route and our reservation begins there, but we are really leaving from St. Gallen.
Anyway, I'm embarrassed to ask for help because it seems like everyone else on here is able to figure things out, but I am pretty confused! Any advice/insight is much appreciated.