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Purchasing tickets onboard Swiss trains ?

We take the train from Luzern into Interlaken Ost to catch the train/cable car up to Murren in September.

Since the transfer time for the Interlaken Ost stop is only minutes (unless we wish to stop at the Coop and catch the next train 30 minutes later), can we buy our tickets on board for our next leg up to Murren ? Or do we have to get off the train and run to buy tickets in the few minutes transfer time ?

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You are already riding a Swiss train to get from Luzern to Interlaken Ost, before you get on the train in Luzern, I am assuming you have to buy a ticket, or is this a Eurail Pass issue? If that is the case, show your pass at the Luzern ticket office and buy a ticket to Muerren. They will sell you the ticket, free to Interlaken Ost, then with the 25% discount for the continuation to Muerren via Stechelberg.

You could also stop at Interlaken Ost, buy the ticket and take the next train, they go every 30 minutes.

Tickets cannot be bought on trains.

Posted by
32244 posts

Carla,

I've never seen tickets sold on trains, so best not to count on that.

As Sam mentioned, it's very easy to just to buy your tickets from Lucerne to Mürren at the station in Lucerne. If you're planning to use the cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp, be sure to specify Mürren BLM for the tickets (there are two routes). When you disembark from the cable car at Grütschalp, you'll transfer to the small mountain railway and you'll be in Mürren in a few minutes.

Posted by
8889 posts

No, you cannot buy tickets on Swiss trains.
If you are starting at Luzern, simply buy a ticket from Luzern to Mürren. Just because you change trains, does not mean you need two tickets.

If you already have a pass covering you to Interlaken. Just buy a ticket from Interlaken Ost to Mürren at Luzern station before you start. You can do this from the ticket machine (they have an option "starting from a different station"), or buy from the manned ticket counter.

Posted by
1166 posts

Thank you !

I read that stopping in at the Coop in Interlaken Ost was a good idea. And if we bought our Luzern to Murren tickets in Luzern, we would not be able to make that stop if we decided to.

We couldn't just hop off, get some supplies, and catch the next train ? We would need to determine IF we wanted to stop when we bought the tickets in Luzern and buy the correct time tickets from Interlaken to Murren to give ourselves time for a grocery run ?

Posted by
31 posts

Your tickets are valid for the whole day not a particular train, so you can definitely get off at Interlaken and catch the next train.
There is a coop in Lauterbrunen and Murren also, though they are smaller ones.

Posted by
8889 posts

And if we bought our Luzern to Murren tickets in Luzern, we would not be able to make that stop if we decided to.
We would need to determine IF we wanted to stop when we bought the tickets in Luzern and buy the correct time tickets

Not true. Tickets are not timed, they just have a date on them. When you buy a Swiss ticket, it is valid on any train on that day. You can spend as long (or as short) as you like in Interlaken. And you could also stop off in Lauterbrunnen when you change trains there if you want.

Posted by
16709 posts

Just a note to others: some Swiss local trains are “Selbstkontrolle” (honor system) and there is a huge fine (80 CHF last time I saw the notice) for boarding without a ticket. Do not try this!

Posted by
1166 posts

Knowing it's DATE specific is good news !

I really thought that if we bought tickets all the way from Luzern to Murren, the timing would be specific and we would not be allowed to hop off and get on 30 minutes later. That leaves time for "spontaneity" !

Thank you !!!

Posted by
8889 posts

Your ticket is never checked before you get on the train. It is your responsibility to have a ticket. Long distance trains always have a ticket inspector, and your ticket is usually checked. Local trains you are only checked sometimes.
The fine for not having a ticket is now CHF 100.

Posted by
33130 posts

I had a read of that notice yesterday and was surprised that it is as much as CHF100. Our enforcement folk in the UK struggle because it is only £20, playing the system so often works there. In Switzerland the notice says it is the price of the ticket plus the CHF100 plus if not paid on the spot there is an additional unspecified administration fee. Big hammer.

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8889 posts

I found this copy of the sign on the trains on the internet: https://i0.wp.com/lostinswitzerland.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/P1010778-e1501506825856.jpg

Yes, CHF 100 plus the fare, which must be paid on the spot. And they ask for your ID and check your name and address to see if you are a multiple offender, in which case they charge more. Of course you legally must have ID on you (Swiss law). If you don't, they arrest you and take you to the nearest police station. I have seen that happen. Wouldn't you like to have done that Nigel?

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11294 posts

You've already gotten the answer to your questions (ticket must be purchased before travel, but it's good on any train that day, so no problem taking a later train from Interlaken Ost to Lauterbrunnen).

However, there's a reason the computer-generated itinerary shows such a short time for transfer at Interlaken Ost. It's very easy and doesn't take long. Unless you have a mobility impairment, or stop to use the bathroom, buy something, etc, you should not have difficultly making their suggested trains. Of course, if you do want to stop at the Coop, feel free to do so, as the trains from Interlaken Ost to Lauterbrunnen run every half hour.

I know that before you've been there, the process of getting from Luzern to Muerren seems complicated. Once you get there, you'll see it's easy. I'll just add my tip that doesn't often get mentioned: at the Muerren station, you don't have to climb stairs if you don't want to. When you get off the train, instead of heading up the stairs, head the other way (back the way the train came) and go outside. You'll see a ramp up to town.

Posted by
1166 posts

Thanks to all of you for your input !

Y'all have allayed my furrowed brow.....

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I saw two travelers purchase tickets from a conductor on the Golden Pass between Zweisimmen and Interlaken. I wondered at the time if they had put off buying tickets hoping they wouldn't get asked to show them. The price she quoted them was double the price I had paid, which is right because I had a half fare card. But that was the only time I saw an onboard ticket sale.