Dec 2, 2019 - 7:46 PM
in reply to Travel525
Hello Travel525 and Welcome to MySwissAlps,
You don’t need bookings (ie seat reservations) on Swiss trains normally. You can buy tickets up to 2 months out. For that trip a Saver Day Pass would be your best bet (unless you are travelling more extensively in Switzerland).
The route you want is Geneva to Zurich via Montreux, Zweisimmen, Interlaken, Luzern. On the connection between Montreux and Zweisimmen the actual MOB Golden Pass Trains are denoted Panoramic (modern) or Belle Époque (classic).
I am a big fan of the SBB Mobile app (bit.ly/2ICIUHi) for checking train, bus, boat and cable way timetables, finding fares* and buying tickets on-line if required. In the unlikely event you don’t have a device capable of running the app then you can use the timetable on the SBB website (bit.ly/2HH1U7B). If you are not familiar with using the timetable it will pay to first read the instructions at www.myswissalps.com/ti metable
* The SBB website shows half-fare prices by default, the mobile app allows you to nominate whether to show full or half-fares (by editing the passenger details in settings) and is also smart enough to offer you the Saver Day Pass (www.myswissalps.com/sa verdaypass) if that offers the best fare. The app can also display a platform map (at least at the larger stations) to help you make connections. You can also easily filter modes of transport (eg bus or ship).
You can make reservations for the Golden Pass Line (www.myswissalps.com/go ldenpass) including seat selection at bit.ly/2kaq6Rf. Click the "e" for English language top right of the page. (where it says "Sprachwahl: d i f e"). Then change the class of travel, date of travel and start/end points to suit. Reservations are not compulsory but are recommended on the Zweisimmen to Montreux leg (which is where the Panoramic and Belle Époque trains operate) during peak tourist season (which May isn’t).