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Train travel from Munich to Luzern Switzerland?

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1. Posted by fender22 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Hi, planning a trip from Munich to Luzern Switzerland in April next year by rail. We live in Australia. Seems like a fairly long trip, 7 hours or so. Was wondering what the trip was like.....Scenic, mountainous etc. Also worried we might strike problems with snow etc seeing we will be there late winter. Sorry for silly question but have no idea of the terrain etc in that part of the world.
Hope some one can help! Many thanks in advance.

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Shortest connection that I saw at a glance was 5:15 hrs, the other connections were around 6 to 6 1/2 hours.

The shortest and thus cheapest connection via St Margarethen and Zurich is not very scenic IIRC.

But you can check this yourself by looking at scenic routes at www.myswitzerland.com. There is a page that lists the most scenic routes in Switzerland there.

Once you have that you can then comparing this with the route the train takes. You can see the connections by looking at http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en or at www.sbb.ch

The Swiss go to great lengths to keep their trains running even in the depth of winter, so you won't have any problems in April, which is the middle of spring.

3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Direct link to scenic trains webpage:

http://www.swisstravelsystem.ch/en/content/experiences/scenic-routes/

Map of scenic train routes:

http://www.swisstravelsystem.ch/fileadmin/pdf/STS-P-M-08-enLOW.pdf

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Oct-2009, at 08:37 by t_maia ]

4. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

This is such an incredibly scenic but expensive train journey.
I'm sure if you go square eyed in front of your monitor for hours, there may be an advanced ticket on the cheap somewhere, but I've struggled to find anything travelling from Germany into Switzerland that's a bargain, or even close to one. I just go by plane now. It only takes an hour or so and can be done for 1/2 the cost of the train.
There are, as far as I am aware no direct trains and as t_maia says it'll take over 5 hours. The journey is nice but it'll cost you around €90 one way. Just so expensive, even if booked in advance. You might, just might, do better getting two internal trains and walking across the borders.
Nice trip, but pricey.