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Taxi Service

I need to get from Unterageri to the train station in Zug to catch our 05:58 train to Zurich. The earliest bus does not arrive at the station until 05:52....that is a little too close for my liking.

Does anyone know if the Taxi's in that area run early enough to get us to the train station by 05:30 ? If so, is there a more reputable company than another ?

Any help is appreciated.

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First, just get an earlier bus. The SBB website will show you the shortest connection they think you can make. You can click on the advanced search function and put in longer connection. When I put in 10 minute minimum transfer time, it gives a bus departing Unteraegeri Zentrum at 5:25 and arriving at Zug in front of the train station at 5:46 which is plenty of time to make a 5:58 train. The 5:25 is the first bus of the day. You have 12 minutes to walk 300 feet from the bus to the train platform, to a Swiss, that's an eternity.

Second, what happened to the 6:31 departure from Zug we were talking about on the other thread?

Third, if you want more time to make that transfer in Zurich to Chur, there are trains departing Zug at 6:03, 6:05, and 6:29 that will get you to Zurich with more transfer time there.

The Swiss timetables always give you the fastest possible connection because they assume you want to get to your destination ASAP. But you can adjust the connection time.

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Sam,

This trip is all about Mom. She has had several friends who have traveled to Switzerland and Italy and all have highly recommended riding the Bernina Express in it's entirety, so that's what she wants to do. The route/trains/connections I have hose allow us to that. I know, not the most beneficial use of time for the day, but that's what Mom wants. Also, it appears fairly simple and with me not being overly familiar with the area and train system, simple is good.

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Sam,

In looking at your third option train times, it doesn't appear they get into Chur with enough time to catch the first Bernina Express of the day at around 08:30...I am at my daughters soccer game and don't have my notes handy, but as I recall, 08:32 is the first one out of Chur...not sure when the next is.

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All of the solutions I have presented get you on the Bernina Express in Chur.
Now here is a solution. Take the bus you planned on arriving at Zug station at 5:52
Take the RE 2408 departing from Track 3 at 6:29. That will give you a half hour at the station.
RE 2409 arrives at Zurich Hbf on Track 9 at 6:51.
IC 911 departs from Track 9 at 7:07. Note it goes from the same track you arrived on, you don't have to move. The train you arrived on will then exit the station allowing the next train to pull into the station on the same track and you get on board.
IC 911 arrives at Chur on Track 9 at 8:22.
BEX 951 departs from Track 10 at 8:32. Track 10 is directly across the platform 20 feet away, so you just get off one train and step to the other waiting train and get on board.

OK, There it is, but of course it is your choice. You can google taxicabs in Zug, Switzerland. I suspect you will have to pay the cost for the driver both ways. Looks like it should be north of 60 CHF. You might just wait till you get there and ask at your lodging the best way to get a ride into Zug early in the morning. Maybe they have Uber?

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Sam,

THANK YOU VERY MUCH! You have been very helpful.

As you can see, and I am certain you can tell through our conversation, I am not a 'worldly' traveler and am just a bit outside of my comfort zone planning a trip where they speak a foreign language. I appreciate your assistance immensely!

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outside of my comfort zone planning a trip where they speak a foreign language.

It is pretty easy to ride trains in Switzerland as long as you are OK with English, German, Italian or French.

On many - maybe most - except the lowest commuter trains - of the Swiss trains, the name of the next station will be on the digital display screen along with a clock (Swiss train stations have famous clocks with sweep second hands, and trains start moving just as the second hand goes up to 12) and on most trains there will be announcements in all 4 languages. See how much you can pick out before the English announcement.

After you've been on the first couple of trains you will be an old hand at it.

I remember from your earlier post why you had picked such a remote place to stay, the good part about that is by the time you do your day of adventure on the Bernina route you will know just what you are doing.

I'm sure it will be fine.

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I don't know about Zug or Zurich, but we have Uber in this part of Switzerland.