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A question about checked luggage from the Bern rail station to Lausanne

Jun 6th, 2012, 09:44 PM
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A question about checked luggage from the Bern rail station to Lausanne

Hi Folks,

On the week of 6/18, we (a family of 3 adults) will be traveling from Bern to Zweisimmen by train (have to switch train at Spiez), then we will take the GoldenPass Panoramic scenic train from Zweisimmen to Montreux, and then take the regular train to Lausanne. I have some questions concerning our luggage, which would be around 2-3 big bags and 2-3 carry-on bags. Do we need to check the luggage since we are going to take the GoldenPass scenic train? If so, how does it work? Does it work like the airport system, that we would check the luggage at the Bern station, and then claim them at the Lausanne train station? Are the bags guarded at the destination train station?

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Jun 6th, 2012, 10:06 PM
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Hi KML28,

No, you don't have to check your luggage; in fact, most folks do not. There is storage for luggage in every carriage at the ends of the carriage as well as in overhead racks (sometimes between the seats too). Normally folks handle their own luggage.

There is a luggage service on the SBB -- anyone can use it at any time. It is divided into Fast Baggage and Baggage Switzerland:

Fast Baggage costs about 22 chf per bag. If you check your bag before 09.00, you can pick it up at the destination station after 18.00. Here's the link: http://www.sbb.ch/en/station-service...t-baggage.html

Baggage Switzerland costs about 12 chf per bag. If you check you bags until 19.00, you can pick it up the day after next after 09.00. Here's the link for this: http://www.sbb.ch/en/station-service...itzerland.html

Yes, you would check it in at Bern and pick it up in Lausanne. You pick it up from the luggage storage room which is secure. Here's a link to the information for the Lausanne train station so you can check the hours for the luggage room, etc:

http://www.sbb.ch/en/station-service...osid.1120.html

Have fun as you plan!

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Jun 7th, 2012, 08:04 PM
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Thank you Swandav2000 for your valuable reply and helpful links. Are there also storage areas for luggage in the carriages of the scenic train (GoldenPass Panoramic train)?
Another question is: There is only a 6-minute time frame for us to get off the regular train and board the scenic train at Zweisimmen, and again 6 minutes for us to get off the scenic train and board a regular train at Montreux. Do you think it would be enough time for us to do so with big luggage bags? Do the trains wait? Thanks again.
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Jun 7th, 2012, 09:50 PM
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Hi again,

Yes, every train carriage in Switzerland has areas to store luggage. I've spent weeks in towns along the route of the GP and took it and other trains almost every day for weeks at a time --

Yes, the schedules and connections for the journeys have been timed out to accommodate most travellers under most situations. Normally you'll be able to make your transfer in about one or two minutes, and you'll be sitting on your new train for five minutes impatiently waiting for it to start!

If you want to see exactly what each connection is like, you can use the Swiss rail site -

www.rail.ch

Input your departure and destination points and the time and date you'll be travelling. When you see the train you'll be taking, click on it. You'll get all the information for that train, including the track numbers it'll arrive at and the track number for the connecting train. Most times you'll see that they are adjacent tracks.

If you are really worried about the connections, be sure to be standing in the door with all your luggage when the train stops. But make sure you don't forget that everyone else is going to be standing in the door, too, to make their own connections. You should make sure that everyone can walk 100-200 feet carrying his/her own bags without a problem and without making two trips. You could also just send one or two of your bags ahead so that only one or two in your group will have the large bags.

Anyway, the bottom line is -- the scheules and the connections are set up to be adequate for most folks in most situations. Unless you have a mobility handicap, you should be fine.

Have fun as you plan!!

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Jun 7th, 2012, 09:52 PM
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Oh, btw, to get the schedule of the GP, use

From Montreux

To Interlaken Ost

Via Gstaad

If you leave out the "via," the scheduler will route you the fast way.

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Jun 7th, 2012, 11:53 PM
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Thank you so much again for your very clear answers. I really appreciate your thorough, valuable, and practical advice, and for taking the time to explain everything. Now I feel more confident and relieved about the situation. Thanks again!
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Jun 8th, 2012, 12:00 AM
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yaaay! I think you'll find that Switzerland is truly user-friendly!

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