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St Moritz to Zermatt, Zermatt to Interlaken, & Interlaken to Zurich. Is there a way I can take the Bernina Express on the way from Interlaken to Zurich?

hi i plan to include st moritz zermatt interlaken. i m flying in and out of zurich. my question is how do i take both the glacier express and the bernina express in this journey. i know i can take glacier through zermatt to st moritz. but how do i include bernina . is there a way where i can take bernina for part of the journey back to zurich. i will be buying the swiss pass.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 30, 2017 20:31
    Hi Khatija,

    For the Swiss Travel Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/swiss-pass/index.html.

    St Moritz (Bernina Express)

    I'm sorry, the Bernina Express is not on the route between Interlaken and Zurich. The Bernina Express scenic route consists of a bus from Lugano to Tirano and a train from Tirano to either St Moritz or Chur.

    One option would be to do the Bernina Express as a day-trip while you're staying in St Moritz. This would have you taking the Bernina Express train from St Moritz to Tirano and then again back to St Moritz. The one-way from St Moritz to Tirano only takes about 2.5 hours. In this case, you would only be missing out on the bus portion of the Bernina route between Tirano and Lugano.

    Bernina Express trains require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. Generally, passholder reservations can be purchased through our website. Due to an error, however, it is currently not possible for the Bernina trains between St Moritz and Tirano. Until this is resolved, you would have to purchase these particular reservations and inquire about their costs by calling us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.

    St Moritz to Zermatt (Glacier Express)

    From St Moritz, you would then take the Glacier Express direct to Zermatt. The Glacier Express also requires reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from St Moritz to Zermatt by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Swiss Travel Pass').

    Zermatt to Interlaken

    A connection from Zermatt to Interlaken takes just under 2.5 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Visp and then once in Spiez.

    Reservations are not necessary on any of these trains, so the Swiss Travel Pass is all you would need to board. To view schedules for this connection on our site, you can just break up your search in Visp. Therefore, you would do one search for the segment from Zermatt to Visp and then another search from Visp to Interlaken (which will reflect the train change in Spiez when you pull up the results).

    Currently, there may be an error preventing the Visp-Interlaken schedules from displaying on our site. If nothing displays when you do the search from Visp to Interlaken, then you would have to call us in order to inquire about the specific schedules.

    Interlaken to Zurich

    The shortest connections from Interlaken to Zurich take just under 2 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Bern along the way.

    Reservations are not necessary on either of these trains, so the Swiss Travel Pass is all you would need to board. For planning, you can view schedules on our website for this route by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Interlaken to Bern and another search for connecting trains from Bern to Zurich.

    If you are okay with adding about 1 hour to your journey time, then you can take a different route that involves following along a segment of the famed GoldenPass scenic route for part of the way. This option would take just under 3 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Lucerne along the way (instead of Bern). The segment from Interlaken to Lucerne is on the GoldenPass scenic route.

    On the GoldenPass segment from Interlaken to Lucerne, reservations are possible but not necessary. Trains from Lucerne to Zurich don't even accept reservations, so the Swiss Travel Pass is all you would need to board.

    Once again, you can still view schedules by doing a search for these routes right on the homepage of our website. For the option via the GoldenPass/Lucerne, you would just have to do one search for trains from Interlaken to Lucerne and another search for connecting trains from Lucerne to Zurich.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) May 30, 2017 20:42
      In Zermatt, one of the main draws is the observation deck at Gornergrat, where you'll have spectacular views of the Matterhorn. To reach Gornergrat, you would take the 'Gornergratbahn' cogwheel train.

      The Swiss Travel Pass would enable you to receive a 50% discount on the Gornergratbahn. To receive the 50% discount, you would purchase the 'Zermatt to Gornergrat for Swiss Travel Pass Holder' option of the 'Gornergrat Mountain Peak' ticket here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/gornergrat/index.html.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) May 30, 2017 20:43
      For a stay in Interlaken, you'll want to keep in mind that the Swiss Travel Pass enables you to receive discounts on the various mountain excursions in the area.

      Jungfraujoch Top of Europe

      To get from Interlaken to the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, there are 2 different routes you can take; one that goes via Grindelwald and the other that goes via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen.

      The Grindelwald route would look like this:

      -Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
      -Train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’
      -Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)

      The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen route would look like this:

      -Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
      -Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’ (Wengen is a stop along this rail line)
      -Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)

      With regard to the former, the Swiss Travel Pass would cover you only as far as Grindelwald.

      With regard to the latter, the Swiss Travel Pass would cover you as far as Wengen.

      For the remaining segments (Grindelwald-Kleine Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch & Wengen-Kleine Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch), the Swiss Travel Pass would enable you to receive a discount of 25%. To receive this discount, you would purchase the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey from Grindelwald or Wengen - For Use Only With Swiss Travel Pass' option of a pass called the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe'. For this pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/jungfraujoch/index.html.

      On the 'Jungfrau Railway' between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' and have to be made locally at the stations in either Interlaken (Interlaken Ost), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen.

      Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the one via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. To get the most of your Jungfraujoch experience, you might want to consider making your ascent one way and your descent the other. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.

      At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.

      Schilthorn

      There are also 2 different routes you can take to get from Interlaken to Mount Schilthorn; one route that goes via Grütschalp and the other via Stechelberg.

      The Grütschalp route would look like this:

      -Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
      -'Grütschalpbahn' cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp
      -'Mürrenbahn' train from Grütschalp to Mürren
      -‘Schilthornbahn' cable cars from Mürren to Birg and Birg to Schilthorn

      The Stechelberg route would look like this:

      -Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway'
      -Bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg
      -'Schilthornbahn’ cable cars from Stechelberg to Gimmelwald, Gimmelwald to Mürren, Mürren to Birg, and Birg to Schilthorn

      With regard to the Grütschalp route, a Swiss Travel Pass would cover you on the 'Bernese Oberland Railway' from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, the 'Grütschalpbahn' (cable car) from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp, and the 'Mürrenbahn' from Grütschalp to Mürren.

      With regard to the Stechelberg route, a Swiss Travel Pass would cover you on the 'Bernese Oberland Railway' from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, the bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg, and the ‘Schilthornbahn' cable cars from Stechelberg as far as Mürren (via Gimmelwald).

      The Swiss Travel Pass would enable you to receive a 50% discount on the ‘Schilthornbahn' cable cars from Mürren to Birg and Birg to Schilthorn.

      To receive the 50% discount for the segment between Mürren and Schilthorn, you would purchase the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Murren - For Use Only With Swiss Travel Pass' option of the 'Schilthorn-Piz Gloria'. You would purchase the 'Schilthorn-Piz Gloria' here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/schilthorn-piz-gloria/index.html.

      'Piz Gloria’ refers to the panoramic revolving restaurant at the Schilthorn summit.

      Harder Kulm (Harderbahn)

      A Swiss Travel Pass would also enable you to receive a 50% discount on the Harderbahn funicular in Interlaken. The Harderbahn takes you to a viewing platform at the ‘Two Lakes Bridge’ (Zweiseensteg) for spectacular views of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz below, as well as incredible panoramas of the surrounding Alps; including Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. There is also the Harder Kulm Panorama restaurant offering more stunning views.

      To receive the 50% discount, you would purchase the ‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Interlaken - For Use Only With Swiss Travel Pass’ option of the ‘Harder Kulm Top of Interlaken’. For this pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/harder-kulm/index.html.

      Grindelwald-First (Firstbahn)

      The Firstbahn departs from its base station in the nearby village of Grindelwald. The ascent consists of a cable car from the base station to Bort, another cable car from Bort to Schreckfeld, and then another cable car from Schreckfeld to the summit station of First. Once you’ve ascended to the First summit station, you would have access to the 'First Cliff Walk (by Tissot)', a 131 ft long suspension bridge leading to an observation platform that offers spectacular panoramic views of the valley below and the surrounding mountains.

      To reach Grindelwald, you would have to take the train along the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’ from Interlaken. The Swiss Travel Pass would cover you on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’ from Interlaken to Grindelwald and enable you to receive a discount of 25-50% on the Firstbahn cable cars. To receive the 25%-50% discount on the Firstbahn, you would purchase the ‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Gindelwald - For Use Only With Swiss Travel Pass’ option of a pass called the ‘Grindelwald-First Top of Adventure’. You would purchase this here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/grindelwald-first/index.html.

      Please note, using your Swiss Travel Pass to take the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’ between Interlaken and Grindelwald does require the use of a travel day. If you do not wish to expend a day of rail travel on your Swiss Travel Pass for the travel between Interlaken and Grindelwald, you would instead purchase the full fare option (‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Interlaken’) of the ‘Grindelwald-First Top of Adventure’.

      Schynige Platte

      The Swiss Travel Pass covers the full excursion to Schynige Platte from Interlaken. This journey consists of a train from Interlaken to Wilderswil on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’ and then the nostalgic ‘Schynige Platte Railway’ from Wilderswil to the Schynige Platte station. Please note, using your Swiss Travel Pass for this would require the use of a travel day. If you do not wish to expend a day of rail travel on your Swiss Travel Pass, then you would purchase the ‘1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Interlaken’ option of the pass for the 'Schynige Platte' here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/schynige-platte/index.html.

      From Schynige Platte, you’ll have more amazing views of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, as well as Niesen, Stockhorn and Jura. By the station is also Switzerland’s only Alpine Botanical Garden and the Schynige Platte Panorama Restaurant.

      Please note, the ‘Schynige Platte Railway’ only runs from May 27th to October 22nd for 2017.
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