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Njk50
Njk50
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Jul 14, 2022 - 8:39 PM

My first question is to double check to make sure I understand. When buying point to point train tickets you can buy them the day of travel at the train station. That ticket is good for any train that day to the destination chosen. Is this correct? Second question; we are considering a tour to Interlaken-Grindelwald but a few of the reviews complain about 3 1/2 hrs in Grindelwald being too long. I saw that there may be a mini golf course, a cable ride up to Mt First and carriage rides in Grindelwald. Do you feel 3 1/2 hrs is too long? thanks for the help

1960man
1960man
4329 posts
expert
Jul 14, 2022 - 10:08 PM in reply to Njk50

First question.

Yes, you are correct. You can buy a railway ticket in Switzerland up to a few seconds before you board a train, either at a manned ticket office or an automatic ticket machine (every railway station in Switzerland has an automatic ticket machine of a standard type)

Second question.

It is impossible to say how long any particular tourist thinks they need to stay in any one place. Grindelwald is a pleasant mountain town. Some people would gladly spend several hours there. Others might have a brief look round, then go onto somewhere else.

Njk50
Njk50
69 posts
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Jul 15, 2022 - 12:08 AM in reply to 1960man

thank you so much for your quick reply. I just want to make sure I understand. once we buy a ticket we can use it on any train that day going to the destination we chose. thanks again

1960man
1960man
4329 posts
expert
Jul 15, 2022 - 10:05 PM in reply to Njk50

Yes, on regular trains that is correct

For example, as I sometimes do, you can leave your hotel, visit the station and buy a ticket, put it in your pocket, then go and do some shopping or for a local walk before going to get a train later.

Last modified on Jul 15, 2022 - 10:07 PM by 1960man
Njk50
Njk50
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Jul 16, 2022 - 1:49 AM in reply to 1960man

thank you. I hope this isn't a stupid question but how do you know it's a "regular" train. we would be taking the train from zurich to Lucerne to Geneva and then to Basel. thanks for the help

Anna
Anna
3881 posts
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Jul 16, 2022 - 7:00 AM in reply to Njk50

Hi Njk50,

Most trains operated by Swiss railways are considered regular trains. The other version is called panoramic or scenic trains (e.g. Glacier Express and Bernina Express), which are usually labelled as PE on the SBB timetable and require prior seat reservation. You can find more info on this page for example (just scroll down to the relevant section Regular trains vs Glacier Express): www.myswissalps.com/glacierexpress. Our pages on other scenic train routes are listed here: www.myswissalps.com/activities/scenictrips/train.

Hope this helps.

regards,

Anna

Last modified on Jul 17, 2022 - 9:03 AM by Arno

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