Booked Swiss rail tickets without departure time

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Eileenandlya
Eileenandlya
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May 23, 2019 - 8:36 AM

We have pre-booked a few of our train journeys for our upcoming trip to Switzerland on-line at SBB. We noticed that our tickets are valid for the whole day and do not show the actual time we booked. How do we know we will be able to get on the train at the time we specified? Do we have to do something more when we get to Switzerland e.g. our ticket from Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen on the 7th June is for the whole day however we wanted to travel on the 9.06 departing train?

Arno
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May 23, 2019 - 9:34 AM

Hi Eileenandlya,

Welcome to MySwissAlps! Standard Swiss train tickets are "designed" for convenience as trains run all day long. So you can take any train you like on the date printed on your ticket. There's an exception if you booked the cheaper Supersaver ticket, which is only valid for the specified departure time: www.myswissalps.com/tr aintickets/switzerland.

In your case there's nothing else you need to do. Just board the train and enjoy the trip.

Last modified on May 23, 2019 - 9:35 AM by Arno
Eileenandlya
Eileenandlya
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May 23, 2019 - 10:35 PM in reply to Arno

Thank you

so there is no possibility the train we want to go on will be booked out?

1960man
1960man
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May 23, 2019 - 10:44 PM in reply to Eileenandlya

No.

No Swiss regular train is ever 'booked out'

Eileenandlya
Eileenandlya
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May 23, 2019 - 10:45 PM in reply to 1960man

Thank you

1960man
1960man
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May 23, 2019 - 10:53 PM in reply to Eileenandlya

You gave the example of the 9.06 Luzern to Lauterbrunnen. This will in fact be two trains, changing at Interlaken Ost. The 9.06 from Luzern is the regular hourly 'Luzern - Interlaken Express' service over the Brünig Pass line, consisting of recently introduced low floor, large window, long multiple unit trains (red and white livery - operated by ZB).

9.06 is after the rush hour and going against peak flow so I would expect there to be plenty of seats available - especially if you get to the platform early.

Interlaken Ost - Lauterbrunnen is a separate train operated by BOB railway (blue and yellow trains)

Anything else you have booked that you need guidance on?

Slowpoke
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May 23, 2019 - 11:04 PM in reply to Eileenandlya

Not only that, you did not need to book ahead. The regular or mainline trains run like city buses. Buy a ticket and hop on.

Slowpoke

Eileenandlya
Eileenandlya
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May 23, 2019 - 11:23 PM in reply to 1960man

The only other one we pre booked was the Lucerne to Zurich airport - we wanted to catch the 6.35 direct and cannot book seats for that however can for ines that have 1 change but we figured we would prefer the direct train so wait and take our chances.

We plan to do trips in Lauterbrunnen and Lucerne to the alps but thought it best to wait until we seewhat the weather is like. We have a half price pass which worked out best for what we wanted to do

Thank you for your help - any tips on must see in those two areas would be great as we will be on our own after doing a Switzerland:Austria tour

Arno
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May 24, 2019 - 6:04 AM

Hi Eileenandlya,

There's no problem at all taking that 6.35 train without a reservation. That's the normal way to travel in Switzerland. You can always get on board. Reservations are very rare and only obligatory for a handful of tourist trains.

For things to do, please see:

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