Visiting Switzerland in October

I will be travelling to Europe with my husband from 3 October to 15 October for a two weeks. My plan is to travel from Paris to Switzerland on 7 October and depart from Zurich to London on 12 October by flight at about 4 pm. I have booked accommodation for 3 nights in Wengen (7 to 10 Oct.) and 2 nights in Lucerne (10 to 12 Oct.). I need some help to refine my itinerary as per below.

Day 1: Paris to Geneva by train. Lunch and short visit in Geneva. Train to Interlaken - Lauterbrunnen - Wengen for hotel check in.

Day 2: To Jungfraujoch

Day 3: Schilithorn

Day 4: Train to Lucerne for hotel check-in. To mount Pilatus or Rigi

Day 5: Mount Titlis

Day 6: To Zurich for short visit before depart to London

I have not finalized my first day plan. Is there any must visit in Geneva if I don't plan to visit museums? I prefer more nature and scenery. Should I change my arrival city?

Appreciate you can advise about my plan and slot in anything additional.

Thank you.

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Visiting Switzerland in October

Hello there,

Your itinerary looks fine to me.

Geneva's old town is beautiful and the surroundings are lovely. If you are not much interested in museums and exhibitions though, then it doesn't take much time to see it. Here's a list of Geneva's Top 10 Experiences.

Depending on when you arrive you might catch the Golden Pass Line in Montreux (last train departs at 1:44pm) for a scenic train ride to Interlaken Ost (change of trains in Zweisimmen). Seat Reservation mandatory.

Alternatively you could board the TGV in Paris to Basel. Spend time in this beautiful city on the Rhine before you continue your journey to Wengen via Bern and Interlaken Ost.

I can't promise you a flash mop, but Basel is a lively city:)

Glad you have a few days in the Bernese Oberland and the Lucerne area. This way you can pick and choose depending on the weather. Do not buy mountain tickets in advance.

Here's some more information:
Safe journey,

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Golden Pass Route
by: Cue

Hi Fida,

Thanks for your advice. I would like to check whether I need to buy the Golden Pass route ticket from Montreux to Interlaken Ost (1.44 pm train) in advance and make reservation? Do I get a discount if I only can buy the Swiss half fare card when I am in Geneva?

Another query is, for the Swiss flexi pass, I understand that the card act as half fare card on non-pass travel day. Can I assume that if I travel to Jungfraujoch during the non-pass travel day, I will get 50% discount instead of 25%?

Hello again,

As mentioned above, the reservation (use the link) has to be made in advance, but you can buy the train ticket just before you board the train. 50% discount with the Half Fare Card and free with the Flexi Pass.

Yes, the Flexi Pass acts as a Half Fare Card on non-pass days on regular train rides. But up to the Jungraujoch from Wengen you will receive a 25% discount. If you would start out in Interlaken for example, then the discount between Wengen and/or Grindelwald would be 50% and from there 25%. You can buy the ticket at the train station in Wengen on the day you travel, showing your Flexi Pass.

Golden Pass Route
by: Cue

Hi Fida,

Another thing to clarify for the Golden Pass route. If i proceed to make reservation for the seat, will that be a possibility that the train ticket sold out when i arrive in Montreux? Or the ticket will always be there since I already reserved the seat?

Thanks again.

Hi there,

No worries... tickets will never be sold out, no matter how late you buy them. The most important thing is that you make the seat reservation in advance for that particular route.

Safe travels,

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