Jan 10, 2015 - 7:27 AM
1. The quickest way from Paris to Lauterbrunnen is via Basel, although there are different options depending on day and time. Regardless if you travel via Geneva or Basel, the Swiss Transfer Ticket allows you to break your trip in Bern. All tickets and passes in Switzerland allow that, unless you have booked a seat for a specific train, which is not required for 99% of Swiss trains. All the Swiss Transfer Ticket details are here.
2. Actually that train only requires seat reservations for the Italian portion of the trip: from Chiasso onwards. There are two options:
- You can buy a ticket (including a seat reservation) from Chiasso to Milan. The Swiss Transfer Ticket (or Swiss Travel Pass) covers the first part of the trip. If you're at the station in time it should be no problem to find one of the non-reserved seats.
- You can buy a ticket from Zurich to Milan "for passholders", which means that you get a seat reservation for the entire trip and a discount because of the free Swiss portion.
Since you live in Australia you can get the Swiss Transfer Ticket or any other pass here on the Rail Europe site, and they offer the ticket as well. More purchase options are on the Swiss Transfer Ticket page.
Last modified on Dec 24, 2021 - 11:20 AM by Arno