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Manoj Nair
Manoj Nair
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Apr 28, 2019 - 12:05 PM

Hi, Iam new to the forum.

I would like some help in planning a very short visit to Switzerland.

Iam travelling from India to Bern for a 3 day Dental course which is on 19,20,21 June 2019 from 8am to 6pm.

Iam reaching Zurich on 18th at 13.30 and my return flight from Zurich is on 23rd June 22.00.

I would appreciate some suggestions on what all I can do in this limited time. I would love to go sight seeing, some good train rides cable rides Titlis if possible.

The accommodation in Bern provides local pass for free travel. What is the best mode to travel from Zurich to Bern and back?

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Apr 28, 2019 - 1:02 PM in reply to Manoj Nair

That should give you lots of time. You can travel PM 21st, have all of 22nd, and somepart of 23rd. I'd tend to leave a few hours extra in the schedule to get the airport, just in case.

In that time you could travel quite a bit.

Depending on routing and timing choices, you could incorporate a scenic train ride.

Since Luzern is only an hour or so from the Zurich airport, more or less, I'd tend to finish up at Luzern. One train each hour at xx35 does not require changing at Zürich main station. Others do. (Not to worry if you miss that connection; there are 5 or more trains per hour from Zürich main staion to the airport).

You could spend all your time in the Luzern area, including Titlis.

Or, you would have time to go Interlaken or Lauterbrunnen or Wengen, stay the night, get up in the morning and visit Jungfraujoch or Schilthorn or otherwise explore the area, and travel to Luzern in the afternoon or evening.

www.myswissalps.com/ju ngfrauregion

Note the comments under "Where to Stay."

You may go via Bern or via the more scenic route over the Brunig Pass. The route over the Brunig Pass is part of the Golden Pass routes and would go via Meiringen and Brunig. It is also the fastest route, so the timetable shows it automatically. Half the routes through Bern, for which you must specify "Bern" as "via" are 10 minutes longer.

On the 23rd you could easily visit Titlis and look around Luzern a bit afterward, then go to the airport at 1700 or 1800. Later is theoretically possible , but I tend to be cautious.

The train is the best way to travel. Use the timetable to determine times. This page has a lot of useful information and will help you use the timetable effectively:

www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

After you are used to it, you can go directly to :

www.sbb.ch/en/

Here is information on the Golden Pass routes:

www.myswissalps.com/go ldenpass

I use this map when I use the timetable:

map.search.ch/?pos=698240,197632&z=2

If you zoom in far enough and turn on transport stations in the menu, you can see these details:

map.search.ch/?pos=641200,166040&z=32 &poi=bergbahn,zug

Mouse over a station icon to get its official name, for use in the time table.

The route over the Brunig to Luzern passes through towns that would also be on the route back out from Luzern to Engelberg ( Titlis), such as Hergiswil. Although staying in Luzern is really nice....nice town to wander in....you could save time by staying in Stans or perhaps Sarnen when you come from the Jungfrau region.. For Stans, you'd change at Hergiswil.

Check the map:

map.search.ch/?pos=668216,203756&z=64 &poi=bergbahn,zug

Slowpoke

On the way from Interlaken to

Last modified on Apr 28, 2019 - 1:08 PM by Slowpoke
Manoj Nair
Manoj Nair
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Apr 28, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Thanks a ton Slowpoke. That was a very exhaustive compilation. I will go through all the links you have mentioned and post any doubts i may have.

Meanwhile, is there any urgency in booking a train pass which I will need any way? Return ticket from Zurich to Bern? Regional 3 day Bernese pass?

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
6815 posts
expert
Apr 28, 2019 - 2:09 PM in reply to Manoj Nair

No urgency. Trains in Switzerland, except a few special panoramic trains, run like city buses. Frequently, and if you have a pass, just get on and off. If you buy a ticket, it is usually good for a full day (make sure when you buy) , so, hop on, hop off. Your ticket maybe inspected.

Check these

www.myswissalps.com/tr avel/inswitzerland

www.myswissalps.com/sw issrailpasses

Slowpoke

Last modified on Apr 28, 2019 - 8:03 PM by Slowpoke
Steph
Steph
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Apr 29, 2019 - 2:45 PM in reply to Manoj Nair

Hello Manoj Nair

Nice to hear you're coming along for work and planning to explore some of Switzerland at the same time!

For things to do in the area of Bern, please use below link:
- www.myswissalps.com/be rn/activities

As already said by other members, there's no urgency in buying train ticktet. Should you nevertheless want to book a ticket, or the Regional Pass Bernese Oberland, which I assume you're referring to, use these links:
- www.myswissalps.com/tr aintickets/switzerland /price
- www.myswissalps.com/re gionalpassberneseoberl and/price

Best,
Steph

Last modified on Apr 29, 2019 - 2:47 PM by Steph

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