Zermatt to Chur - avoid Glacier Express route

Zermatt to Chur - avoid Glacier Express route

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EloBay55
EloBay55
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Jun 22, 2018 - 4:21 PM

Hello....this is my first time posting so bear with me.

I have been reading up on numerous posts and your suggestions and need your help in finalizing my itinerary. I need to get to Chur from Zermatt on 03-07-2018 and was thinking of going thru Interlaken-Lauterbrunnen-Schilthorn-Murren and back down to Lauterbrunnen and finally train to Chur. Do you think this is feasible in one day? I have no time schedule to get to Chur; just staying overnight to catch BEX in the morning.

Thanks

rockoyster
rockoyster
3726 posts
expert
Jun 22, 2018 - 9:49 PM in reply to EloBay55

Hello EloBay and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

Sounds like a long day. You should use the SBB timetable to figure out how long the trip will take.

If you include via Kandersteg then between Zermatt and Interlaken then between Brig and Spiez you will travel on the Regio-Express Lötschberger train over the traditional, more than 100 year old mountain route, giving you a wonderful view along the impressive peaks and down into the Rhone Valley. The 1-hour faster route via Visp takes you through the fairly lengthy Lötschberg Base Tunnel with rather limited views.

1960man
1960man
384 posts
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Jun 22, 2018 - 11:24 PM

Too much for one day I would say, you might start to not enjoy the day due to fatigue etc

EloBay55
EloBay55
6 posts
new member
Jun 23, 2018 - 3:23 PM

Thank you for your input. I have looked into the route suggested and I think I might try it instead. I just wanted to break up the long train ride from Zermatt to Chur with some stops along the way and visit some more of Switzerland. Do you think I can maybe make a stop along the way for a short visit maybe Bern or some other suggestion?

rockoyster
rockoyster
3726 posts
expert
Jun 23, 2018 - 8:20 PM in reply to EloBay55

Zermatt to Chur via Kandersteg and Interlaken is about a 9 hour train journey with 5 to 6 changes and no stopovers. Is that what you reall want to do?

Zermatt to Chur on the GEX is 5:34!

EloBay55
EloBay55
6 posts
new member
Jun 25, 2018 - 8:57 PM

I was wondering if you could help me again....I am having trouble understanding something. What is the name/railway of the fast train from Lugano to Zurich HB? Is it included in the Swiss Travel Pass?

rockoyster
rockoyster
3726 posts
expert
Jun 25, 2018 - 9:00 PM in reply to EloBay55

It’s just a regular train - no special name. Just put Lugano to Zurich HB in your SBB timetable search and it will show you the fastest connections.

Yes it is covered by the Swiss Travel Pass.

EloBay55
EloBay55
6 posts
new member
Jun 25, 2018 - 9:09 PM in reply to rockoyster

Perfect; just wanted to make sure. I'll be taking the BEX train and bus to Lugano then wanted to take that fast train that I read about in one of the threads. Easy to tour Lugano for a little while before taking train to Zurich? Any suggestions on what to do or see in Lugano?

rockoyster
rockoyster
3726 posts
expert
Jun 25, 2018 - 9:18 PM in reply to EloBay55

You probably won’t have much time. Just take the funicular from Lugano Station down to city centre walk down to the lake. Take a stroll along the waterfront.

EloBay55
EloBay55
6 posts
new member
Jun 25, 2018 - 10:14 PM

Sounds like a plan! Thank you so much for your help. Looking forward to our trip!

rockoyster
rockoyster
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EloBay55
EloBay55
6 posts
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Jun 25, 2018 - 10:43 PM in reply to rockoyster

Wow that was amazing.....so very informative. The pictures were great too. Too bad we don't have more time; would have been very nice to have stayed a day or two in Lugano. Printed it out and taking with me to read on the our long flight to Zurich from Florida. Thank you so much for sharing.

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