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Bernina Express or Glacier Express?

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Bernina Express or Glacier Express?

Hi all

Will be heading to Switzerland for the first time next April. It's still early I know but we will be doing advance booking in about a month's time.

Anyway, we have plans to take the glacier express but we've heard some people saying that bernina offers equally good views at a much cheaper price. Which should I take?

Also, we are considering visiting Interlaken but are unsure. Is it worth it to make the trip there? We will likely be in Lucerne as a base.

Lastly, I've been getting some confusing results about which train pass I should purchase that is better. We will be in Switzerland for about 4-6 days. Is it better to get the Swiss pass or the Euro pass and does it include the bernina or glacier express?

Thanks all!!

Cheers!

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1. Re: Bernina Express or Glacier Express?

Hi there,

1] Bernina is as good and half the length hence half the price!

2] Interlaken itself is not interesting. Wengen/Lauterbrunnen/Jungfraujoch area is, but it's too far as a daytrip from Luzern.

3] _No_ Rail Europe passes, they cover much less than Swiss Pass etc. and cost more! Swiss passes include BE/GE transport (not the reservation fee).

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Bernina Express or Glacier Express?

Thanks Erik!

If we are to spend 4-6 days in Switzerland, which other city (other than lucerne and the ones you mentioned) would you recommend? Bearing in mind that we probably intend to take the Bernina express. So perhaps a city near or that's easy to travel to Chur where we will board the bernina.

Thanks once again!

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3. Re: Bernina Express or Glacier Express?

Well in case of 4 days take Lucerne and St. Moritz; the latter is much nicer than Chur and the real starting point of the BE. In case of 6 days you could also add 1-2 nights in the Oberland plateau above Interlaken, the towns mentioned above; logical sequence then is Oberland-Lucerne-Moritz.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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4. Re: Bernina Express or Glacier Express?

Hi den12387

If you are based at Lucerne (which makes sense with the short time you have available and view the early time of the year) Both GE and BE are far away and not recommended even if they would maybe be possible.

Look at www.luzern.com and the Top Questions about Lucerne (TA Lucerne forum) where you can find many excursions you can do in the area. If you would stay in the area it is possible that a Tell Pass would be a good choice. To make sure you will need to do the math and to compare with all the other passes available - www.swisstravelsystem.ch -.

Happy planning

pore

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5. Re: Bernina Express or Glacier Express?

Thanks Erik n Pore

I will be checking out your suggestions. Can't wait!

Have a great day ahead!

Cheers!

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