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Arriving in SW Switzerland

We will be coming from Aosta, Italy, heading for Sion, by either bus or train. We are also looking at taking a detour through Chamonix, France. Has anyone done this? Is it worth an extra day or two? Our trip is mostly about just enjoying the European experience -- scenery, food, a few short hikes or bike rides, culture.

From Sion we need to get to the Lauterbrunnen area, and I understand there is a tunnel that goes from the Rhone Valley under the mountains to the Bernese Oberland (Kandersteg) . Is this a good way to go? Are there buses or trains that go through here?

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From Sion, there are 2 train tunnels to the Bernese Oberland. The older, slower, and more scenic way is the old Loetschberg Tunnel that takes you through Kandersteg. You have to take a train to Brig and change there. The newer, faster way is Loetschberg Base Tunnel that pretty much bores completely under the mountain. Take a train to Visp and change there.

If you use the SBB trip planner, you have to specify "via Kandersteg" to show the route that way, otherwise it will assume you want the fastest way using the Base tunnel.
www.sbb.ch/en