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Help with travel from Zurich to Grindelwald and back

Five family members (1 senior) will be flying into Zurich and want to take the train to Grindelwald. We will be using the train for 8 days and taking mountain excursions. Should we wait until we arrive in Zurich to determine the type of Swiss Rail tickets we should purchase?

How far ahead should we make reservations for the train from Zurich to Grindelwald and back? Can this be done once we arrive at the train station in Zurich?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 05, 2012 14:25
    Hi Laura,

    For the requested travel, I would recommend that you purchase the Swiss Card, as opposed to a Swiss Pass or point-to-point tickets. The Swiss Card is a pass that allows for the inbound and outbound transfer between any Swiss airport or bordertown and any single destination in Switzerland. Zurich would count as an airport, for your specific travel. Therefore, this pass would cover your roundtrip between Zurich/Zurich Airport and Grindelwald. The inbound and the outbound must be completed within a time frame of 1 month and must done via the most direct routes. You would purchase the Swiss Card by clicking here:

    The Swiss Card also entitles you to receive 50% discounts on any travel in Switzerland that falls between your inbound and your outbound trips, including boats. postal buses and mountain cable-cars. On that point, you would be able to purchase your Jungfraujoch Top of Europe mountaintop excursion at a discounted rate for Swiss Card holders. You would purchase ths pass by clicking here:

    Since you would be traveling with a Swiss Card, you would purchase the 'Grindelwald or Wengen-Jungfraujoch/Swiss Card' option of the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe mountaintop excursion.

    For planning purposes, you can just view the schedules for trains between Zurich Airport and Grindelwald by entering the cities under 'Check Fares and Schedules' on the homepage of our website and clicking the option to 'Check Schedules'. These trains don't accept reservations, so the Swiss Card is all you would need to board.
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