Which pass covers the Glacier and Bernina Express?

Which pass covers the Glacier and Bernina Express?

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arajnish
arajnish
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Mar 26, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Hi,

I would like to know which rail pass (Swiss rail pass or Eurail pass) includes Glacier express and Bernina express? Thanks.

Chantal
Chantal
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Mar 26, 2018 - 6:43 PM
rockoyster
rockoyster
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Mar 26, 2018 - 9:27 PM in reply to arajnish

In addition to either pass you need to buy seat reservations on both those trains.

arajnish
arajnish
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Mar 27, 2018 - 12:15 AM

Thank you for the reply and the links. If we break the journey into two parts then do we have to pay the reservation charges twice on these trains? TIA.

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Mar 27, 2018 - 2:12 AM in reply to arajnish

The Glacier Express and the Bernina Express are two separate trains so you need a separate reservation for each.

If you mean if you catch the Glacier Express from say Zermatt then break and subsequently resume the journey at say Andermatt then yes you would need two reservations for the Glacier Express. That would be an unusual thing to do. Reservations are tied to a particular train departure time.

Also bear in mind you can cover both routes on regular trains an pay no reservations charges. You just miss out on the panoramic windows and commentary. 🤓

Last modified on Mar 27, 2018 - 2:15 AM by rockoyster
Chantal
Chantal
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Mar 27, 2018 - 4:50 AM in reply to rockoyster

Thanks for mentioning that rockoyster.

Arajnish, seat reservations can be done online. For the Glacier Express here and for the Bernina Express here.

arajnish
arajnish
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Mar 28, 2018 - 5:17 PM

Thank you all. Your advice will help us plan our trip. One more question I have is regarding the Swiss rail pass. We are planning to stay 6 days and will be using the pass every day. Why is the Swiss pass offered only 4 days or 8 days? Is there anything for 6 days?

Lucas
Lucas
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Mar 28, 2018 - 6:21 PM in reply to arajnish

There is no country-wide rail pass for 6 days no. They unfortunately can't make a rail pass for every possible # of days a visitor might be here. I guess 3,4,8 and work out best.

An 8 day Swiss Travel Pass might still work out quite well economically for you - compared to buying individual tickets, even though you aren't "using" 2 days. The cost works out to 66CHF per day, so you'll want to compare that to your average ticket cost per day to see.

arajnish
arajnish
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Mar 28, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Thank you, I am planning to buy 8 days pass. We are traveling from Geneva to Zermatt which will take more than 4 hours. Will it be possible to cover the Matterhorn the same day or it will be too late? TIA

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Mar 28, 2018 - 9:02 PM in reply to arajnish

Depends what time you make a start. You could be at Zermatt by lunchtime so Gornergrat definitely possible. Is that what you meant by “cover the Matterhorn”? You can see the Matterhorn from Zermatt. You can’t actually visit the Matterhorn.

Lucas
Lucas
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Mar 29, 2018 - 5:26 AM in reply to arajnish

You can use the timetable for Swiss railways and see the logistics and if you want to try it. If you're staying in Zermatt that night then there should be no problem doing that (at Gornergrat as Rockoyster notes) or Klein Matterhorn. Not the Matterhorn itself.

arajnish
arajnish
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Mar 29, 2018 - 12:49 PM

Thank you for your reply, everyone. We will be staying that night in Zermatt and we are planning to see the Matterhorn from Gornergrat and from Matterhorn glacier plus some cable car rides. We will be leaving for Interlaken next evening by train. Therefore, two half days we have all together in Zermatt.

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