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Travel525
Travel525
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Dec 2, 2019 - 2:44 PM

Good morning, I am having trouble booking a May 2, 2020 train journey on SBB website travelling from Geneva downtown station to Zurich downtown station, travelling where possible on the Golden Pass modern train. I have been on the website a number of times and just cannot figure out which trains I am supposed to book for this journey. Any help would be much appreciated. Regards

CabinJon
CabinJon
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Dec 2, 2019 - 6:43 PM

Not sure what you mean by Golden Pass “modern train.” Did you look at the Golden Pass route described on this website to see which portions you want to take or avoid? It doesn’t have to be a Golden Pass train per se, regular trains use the same route.

it can be confusing at first. You can add a “Via” station, and see where that combination goes. If you click on one of the initial route options, it expands to show you all the station stops & transfers. There will also be a link to “show on map” that will give you more detail of the exact route. I’ve played with the SBB timetable many times, and once you understand the basics, it is great.
www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

rockoyster
rockoyster
7836 posts
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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).

Steph
Steph
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Dec 3, 2019 - 5:47 AM in reply to Travel525

Hello Travel525 and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

Nice to hear you're coming along to Switzerland!

Please find all information about the Golden Pass scenic route in the according tab of below link:
- www.myswissalps.com/go ldenpass

Also I recommend using the timetable provided by the other members to figure out the exact connections for you.

For a general overview of available train tickets and passes please see:
- www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses

Get back to us anytime for further support.

Best,
Steph

Also see:
- www.myswissalps.com/ge neva
- www.myswissalps.com/in terlaken
- www.myswissalps.com/lu cerne
- www.myswissalps.com/zu rich

Last modified on Dec 3, 2019 - 5:48 AM by Steph
Travel525
Travel525
2 posts
new member
Dec 3, 2019 - 12:53 PM

Good morning to all and thank you very much for the help and guidance! I will read through all the information on the links provided and then go back to the website and try again. I have booked trains in Italy online before but I just couldn’t seem to navigate the SBB site, perhaps it was just because it was new and unfamiliar and a more complex route. I will let you know how I do. Thanks again, the help is much appreciated.

Last modified on Dec 3, 2019 - 1:07 PM by Travel525
Slowpoke
Slowpoke
6918 posts
expert
Dec 4, 2019 - 1:50 AM in reply to Travel525

<<"will read through all the information on the links provided and then go

back to the website and try again. I have booked trains in Italy online

before but I just couldn’t seem to navigate the SBB site, perhaps it

was just because it was new and unfamiliar and a more complex route">>

As noted by others, you do not have to and often cannot book all or any of the regular trains in Switzerland. In contrast to Italy, you will find that they run on time. ;-)

Slowpoke

Ildiko
Ildiko
477 posts
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Dec 4, 2019 - 6:22 AM in reply to Travel525

Hi Travel525,

To be sure to see the timetable of the the Golden Pass line, enter the via-stations Meiringen and Zweisimmen. Between Zweisimmen and Montreux, trains labeled IR or PE are the official Golden Pass trains in the timetable (www.myswissalps.com/ti metable).

Let us know if you need more help.

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