Geneva or Glacier Express from Interlaken

Geneva or Glacier Express from Interlaken

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sanjaykumar
sanjaykumar
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Mar 27, 2017 - 8:39 AM

hello. all moderators.

i am arriving in switzerland on 1st june. my first 3 nights are at interlaken.

on first day after check in at around 12 noon. what should i do on that remaining day.

1. take a train to geneva and do city tour or

2. take a train to visp. then board glacier express short journey to zermatt. from zermatt back to interlaken.how much time i can spend in zermatt and what is special about it.

i will plan my daily itinerary as per your suggestions and time frame.

regards.

dr. sanjaykumar

Lucas
Lucas
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Mar 27, 2017 - 10:22 AM in reply to sanjaykumar

Hi Sanjaykumar,

It depends on what you would prefer to do. Either way it will be a very long/late day if you don't depart Interlaken until 12 noon - I would suggest leaving earlier. You can search for train timetables/schedules here.

Personally, I think the Glacier express and visiting Zermatt would be more interesting (the Matterhorn is pretty cool and unique as is Gornergrat cogwheel train). What is it in Geneva that you thought you would like to see?

Regards,
Lucas

Last modified on Mar 27, 2017 - 10:24 AM by Lucas
rajikadinesh
rajikadinesh
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Mar 27, 2017 - 4:12 PM in reply to sanjaykumar

zermatt is not a place for a day visit. if u catch glacier express and reach zermatt, u will not be having time left to go to matterhorn

Arno
Arno
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Mar 27, 2017 - 5:32 PM

Hi all,

Note that it is not worth it to take the Glacier Express for the short ride from Visp to Zermatt only. You may not even be allowed to board as trains like this sometimes stop to alight only at the final stops. In any case you would need to pay a CHF 33 surcharge for this train so I recommend to just take any of the regular trains which don't come with additional costs. They use the same route so you won't miss any of the views.

But I agree with what's said above: those trips are too long if you only depart in the afternoon. There is plenty to see and do much closer to Interlaken: myswissalps.com/interl aken/activities.

sanjaykumar
sanjaykumar
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Mar 27, 2017 - 6:20 PM

thanks lucas, rajikadinesh and arno.

i have only 3 nights at interlaken. 2nd day is for jhungfrau and 3rd day is for glacier 3000. then if i want to plan a short route scenic train . do suggest along with timings and station.

secondly when i check out from interlaken in morning. can i board golden pass train 11.04 a.m interlaken to luzern. is that route scenic one.

any suggestion regarding my 3 day itinerary do suggest so that i can modify.

regards.

Lucas
Lucas
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Mar 28, 2017 - 5:38 AM in reply to sanjaykumar

Hi Sanjay,

The train route between Interlaken and Luzern is scenic yes and may be your best bet with only a 1/2 day available to you.

Alternatively you could do the Golden Pass route in the other direction from Interlaken to Montreux (a longer day but also a very nice trip) and then take a regular train back to Interlaken that night.

More information on the Golden Pass train can be found here and train schedules to plan a trip to Luzern can be searched for here.

Lucas

sanjaykumar
sanjaykumar
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Mar 29, 2017 - 10:43 AM

if i want a short journey on scenic train glacier expree or golden pass . from interlaken

which route should i take. can it be managed after completing jhungfrau or glacier 3000

how much time does it take to enjoy short distance scenic train.

does golden pass panoramic train from interlaken to luzern requires reservation of seats. we are 4 passengers that's why i want to clarify.

are the rate of swiss travel pass flexible ? few days back it was 376 chf for adult today it is 420 chf.

are discount rate available for bulk of 4 or family pass.

pl. guide

dr. sanjaykumar

Last modified on Mar 29, 2017 - 11:00 AM by sanjaykumar
Lucas
Lucas
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Mar 29, 2017 - 1:32 PM in reply to sanjaykumar

Hi Sanjay,

From Interlaken I would take the Golden Pass panoramic train - much easier. You may be able to combine this with the Glacier 3000 as it is near Montreux but would require an early start to your day.

A good and short scenic train trip would be between Interlaken and Luzern as an alternative to the longer Golden Pass or Glacier Express trains.

Reservations are not required for the Golden Pass but I would recommend it, especially for a family of 4 to sit together.

Swiss Travel Pass prices can fluctuate from time to time due to foreign exchange rates or a promotion with an online company.

No discounts are available unfortunately for families or groups.

Lucas

Arno
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Mar 29, 2017 - 2:44 PM in reply to sanjaykumar

The 8-day Swiss Travel Pass costs CHF 376, the 8-day Swiss Travel Pass Flex costs CHF 420. These are different passes (consecutive days vs. flexible) so that explains the different price.

sanjaykumar
sanjaykumar
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Mar 30, 2017 - 2:54 AM in reply to Arno

thanks Arno and Lucas

its very nice and informative response from your team.

great job from your side. sincerely appreciated.

regards

dr. sanjaykumar.

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