Catching train to Grindelwald from Zurich Airport

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Mani77
Mani77
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May 6, 2019 - 5:02 PM

Hi

Our family (2 adults and 2 kids) were in switzerland in June.

We were travelling to Grindlewald from Zurich. After two days from there to Zermatt and later back to Zurich.

Had few questions on the trains travel

a) Was checking Zurich grindlewald showed three changes. Is there any other direct or shorter train?

b) Similarly was showing Grindlewalk to Zermatt as three train changes?

c) With three trains in 6 days, Is it better to take the Swiss pass or a 50% Card?

d) Any other tips on travel will be helpful.

Thanks in advance

Regards

Manish

Luke
Luke
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May 6, 2019 - 7:09 PM in reply to Mani77

Hi Manesh and welcome to MySwissAlps!

a). You can do that trip in as little as 2 changes. The timetable always gives you the most direct routing: www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

b) Correct. 3 changes.

c) Only 3 trips by train (and also boat, gondola and bus?) probably means the Swiss Half Fare Card is best. But you have to take ALL trips into account (including mountain trips). see links below:

1960man
1960man
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May 6, 2019 - 11:09 PM in reply to Mani77

Direct main line route Zurich - Grindelwald is via Bern, changing trains 2 times (at Bern and at Interlaken)

Grindelwald - Zermatt can never be fewer than 3 changes of train as the railway up to Zermatt is narrow gauge, so usually you would change at Interlaken Ost, Spiez and Visp

L Fun
L Fun
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May 7, 2019 - 12:27 AM

Hi,

My husband and I (in our 50s) will also be travelling from Zurich to Grindalwald. May I check it it is realistic for us to clear immigartion to catch the 4.46pm or 5.08pm train, assuming our flight is on time?

We were told by a friend that it may be troublesome to lug our luggage over the corssings to change train and are advised to use the luggage service from Zurich. May I know if there are escalator or lifts at the train stations so that the lugging of bags and luggage would actually be doable?

Thank you for any advice or suggestions.

Fun

rockoyster
rockoyster
6248 posts
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May 7, 2019 - 12:45 AM in reply to L Fun

Hello Fun,

How long are you allowing between touch down and the train departure? The 4:46pm only has 2 changes at Bern and Interlaken Ost. The 5:18pm departure has an additional train change at Spiez.

Luggage is no problem. There are ramps or escalators as needed.

L Fun
L Fun
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May 7, 2019 - 1:15 AM in reply to rockoyster

Hi Rockoyster,

Thank you for the information.

We land at 4pm, so at most, it would be 45mins from touch down to Boarding the train. We think it is very very tight, (we aren’t sure where the train station is) but our host suggested we buy the 4.46pm train.

Do you think about the train after 5.08pm (I think around 5.30pm) would be more realistic?

rockoyster
rockoyster
6248 posts
expert
May 7, 2019 - 3:42 AM in reply to L Fun

Hi Fun,

You might make the 4:46 if your flight is on time. Zurich is a pretty efficient airport and the station is right there. See www.myswissalps.com/ai rports/zurich.

You don't have to buy a ticket for a particular departure unless you are trying to save money by getting a Supersaver Fare which only applies to a specific departure.

When are you travelling? If mid week then one of the things you need to watch is that you will arrive at Bern at peak hour and looking at the connections you will make for Bern to Spiez the trains this week are showing high expected occupancy (presumably with commuters exiting the city). See the red figures on the attached.

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L Fun
L Fun
17 posts
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May 7, 2019 - 5:27 AM in reply to rockoyster

Thank you, Rockoyster, for being such a great help.

Will take note of your advice. We are arriving on 23 May, a Thurs. I suppose our friend recommended that we buy the tickets in advance to save some money as well as time, so that we could hop onto the train asap after clearing immigration.

Best Regards,

rockoyster
rockoyster
6248 posts
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May 7, 2019 - 5:35 AM in reply to L Fun

You're welcome Fun. You can still buy a regular (not Supersaver) ticket in advance and you can then use that on any train on that route on your arrival date.

Last modified on May 7, 2019 - 5:35 AM by rockoyster
Steph
Steph
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May 7, 2019 - 9:06 AM in reply to L Fun

Hi L Fun,

Should you want to purchase a regular ticket online to already hold it upon arrival please go here:
- www.myswissalps.com/tr aintickets/switzerland

Best,
Steph

Mani77
Mani77
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May 7, 2019 - 10:08 AM in reply to Luke

Hi

Thank you for the reverts

if I buy the ticket in advance can I take any train or the one that I have selected while booking

thanks

Steph
Steph
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May 7, 2019 - 10:11 AM in reply to Mani77

Hello Mani77,

If you book just a regular ticket (NOT a supersaver ticket) you can take any train on that date.

Best,
Steph

L Fun
L Fun
17 posts
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May 7, 2019 - 10:33 AM in reply to Steph

Hi Steph,

Thank you for the link! Appreciate it!

Fun

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