Zurich Airport to Zermatt via Kandersteg Sept 13

Zurich Airport to Zermatt via Kandersteg Sept 13

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spaulus69
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Jun 27, 2018 - 4:28 PM

I have a upcoming trip flying into Zurich in the morning of Sept 13 and want to take the train to Zermatt.

MySwissAlps suggested the route via Kandersteg for a more scenic route.

I checked this morning and SBB website displays this route starting at CHF 64.50 but doesn't let me purchase saying "Your selected date of travel is not within the advanced booking period"

My flight is scheduled to land at 8:30 and was thinking the 11:18 train would give me time to get through customs.

Do I need to purchase this train ticket in advance?

Is there any savings by purchasing in advance?

Thank you

Lucas
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Jun 28, 2018 - 5:51 AM in reply to spaulus69

Ticket prices remain the same so not to worry about that. Tickets don't guarantee you a seat (they never sell out) so buying on the spot is fine - boarding first is more important. :)

Trains from Zurich airport typically start there (so they are empty when you board). Then you'll change in Bern and Brig which may or may not be busy but I've never been stuck standing on a Swiss train for more than 10 minutes.

You should be through customs and out the airport by 09:30 or so.

Last modified on Jun 28, 2018 - 5:52 AM by Lucas
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Jun 28, 2018 - 10:09 AM in reply to spaulus69

>> flying into Zurich in the morning of Sept 13 and want to take the train to Zermatt ... SBB website displays this route starting at CHF 64.50 but doesn't let me purchase saying "Your selected date of travel is not within the advanced booking period"

You can only buy online tickets on the SBB website up to 60 days in advance of your travel date.

Alpenrose

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Arno
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Jun 29, 2018 - 5:56 AM

Hi Steve,

Buying tickets well in advance can be done here: www.myswissalps.com/tr aintickets/switzerland /price. The price you saw is for people who have a Swiss Half Fare Card: www.myswissalps.com/sw isshalffarecard. If you don't have one you would pay twice that price. If you are also going back to the airport and do some local day trips it is worth it to get one. There are more passes that may save you money but that depends on your overall itinerary: www.myswissalps.com/tr ain/ticketspasses.

spaulus69
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Jun 29, 2018 - 1:47 PM

Thank you for the input. I think I will wait until I get thru customs before purchasing a train that way I can do the earlier train. I plan on getting a half fare card and believe I can get that when I land also.

Lucas
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Jun 29, 2018 - 3:16 PM in reply to spaulus69

Just so you know, train tickets in Switzerland are valid all day whether bought at the station or on online - When you buy a ticket for a 11:18 train you can take any train that day.

The only exception is for Supersaver tickets (marked with a % sign on the timeable). They are only valid for the time you buy it for.

Last modified on Jun 29, 2018 - 3:17 PM by Lucas
spaulus69
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Jun 29, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Thank you Lucas, very good to know.

Nbunim
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Jun 30, 2018 - 10:28 AM in reply to spaulus69

May I suggest something- airoport Zurich has SBB tourist agency . They will answer all your questions precisely and you will buy correct pass or passes over there . Also train tickets which is helpful in the beginning . You can even exchange money there ( not sure about being best rate but good Incase if you didn’t do it beforehand ).

It is very easy to find it in main airport building .

When you done there you take elevator down to train stop . You also need to validate your ticket . That is important .

Lucas
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Jun 30, 2018 - 2:52 PM in reply to Nbunim

Hi Nbunim,

It is very rare to need to validate any ticket or rail pass in Switzerland - which pass/ticket did you need to validate?

Nbunim
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Jun 30, 2018 - 3:57 PM in reply to Lucas

I didn’t say validate pass . Train tickets . Before you board any train you need to put your ticket in machine which is on every platform to get a stamp .

Lucas
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Jul 1, 2018 - 6:27 AM in reply to Nbunim

Hi Nbunim,

I have never had to validate a train ticket or rail pass in Switzerland before. I'm not saying you didn't need to with your ticket, but it is pretty rare and I was surprised you had a ticket that required it be be stamped by one of those orange validation machines.

Last modified on Jul 1, 2018 - 6:28 AM by Lucas

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