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travel from Zurich to Murren

My wife and I will be arriving by car in to Zurich on a Thursday this September, 2017, dropping the car off at the main train station (Hauptbahnhof) in Zurich....what advice would one have re the following....what time to arrive in Zurich to enable a nice train trip during the day and arrive in Murren by the late afternoon? Also, what would be the preferred route from the Hauptbahnhof station to Murren? I realize there are a few connections. Please advise! Thank you T

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Trains to Muerren will be about every half hour and it takes about 3 hours and 20 minutes. The fastest route is to Bern to Interlaken Ost to Lauterbrunnen to Gruetschalp to Muerren. 93.40 CHF pp is the list price.
An alternative route, more scenic, but taking longer is to Luzern to Interlaken Ost and then as before. More like 4 1/4 hours and 19 CHF cheaper, and hourly connections.

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Thank you.......so just to clarify, Zurich to Bern... then connect with a new train to Interlocken, then connect again with a train to Lauterbrunnen.... would I need or want reservations for the entire trip, and/ or any segment.....travel would be on Thursday September 14..... and I make make arrangements for this train trip when in the Zurich Haupbahnhof main train station? Thanks again. Tom

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With trains going every half hour, no need to reserve. Buy a ticket, get on the train, go. It's the Swiss way.

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would I need or want reservations for the entire trip, and/ or any segment.....travel would be on Thursday September 14..... and I make make arrangements for this train trip when in the Zurich Haupbahnhof main train station?

Tom, you are making this a lot more complicated than it is. Reservations are not needed on Swiss trains, and in most cases not possible. It is a "turn-up-and-go" service.
Whenever you get to Zürich Hauptbahnhof, just go to the ticket machine, or manned ticket counter and buy a ticket to Mürren.

There is one train ever 30 minutes leaving at xx:02 and xx:32 and take 3 hours 3 minutes, but you can look this up on the SBB website: https://www.sbb.ch/en/home.html
You change at Bern, Interlaken Ost (note spelling) and Lauterbrunnen, the next train is waiting for you.

If you prefer the slower scenic route, that is Zürich - Luzern - Interlaken Ost - Lauterbrunnen, your choice.

One thing that puzzles me, where are you coming from when you drive to Zürich? If you are coming from a different country, are you aware of the surcharge for international drop-off? And, why do you not do the whole journey by train and avoid the drive into Zürich centre and the drop-off?

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Thank you for all the good inf.o...we are coming from Munich, and the Bavarian countryside, so we wanted a car for the week before our Trip to Muerren and yes , dropping off the car in Zurich is an extra 200 Euros. Will have more questions, and will be purchasing some of your books too! Thanks again for the quick, and frank response. T

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Tom, a suggestion.
See if you can drop off your car in Lindau. It is in Germany, a lovely little town on a lake called Bodensee, look it up.
You avoid the €200 surcharge, you avoid driving into a big city (Zürich), a nice town to look around, and it has regular trains to Zürich, from which you can continue to Mürren as above.
Another alternative drop-off is Konstanz, also in Germany on the Swiss border with regular trains to Zürich.

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I didn't know Chris F. was an author. But he could be.

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Tom, I'd agree with Chris, you're making this harder than it is. I'm a senior, solo traveler, and I did this 2 years ago and again last year, although last year I opted to slow down a bit by spending my first night in Europe in Zurich. Yes, getting to Murren, or in my case to Wengen, involves 4 different trains, which involve schlepping your luggage up/down stairs for the transfers, which are between 3-10 minutes, so sometimes it's a rush. But people are incredibly helpful, and if you miss your connection another train comes in just a half hour or so. So not to worry. It's all wonderful!

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If you're already paying extra to drop the car in Zurich - then just KEEP the car and drive onto Interlaken. Drop the car there. Best idea is just to NOT have a car.

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Tom,

One additional point to add......

There are two routes to Mürren from Lauterbrunnen, and you'll need to know which route you'll be using when you buy tickets. The easiest way is probably the Mürren BLM route. If you choose that, when you arrive in Lauterbrunnen, walk across the street to the cable car station and take the next car up to Grütschalp. When you arrive at the top, the small mountain railway will be waiting. Board that and you'll be in Mürren in about 10-15 minutes.

The other route is via Stechelberg and Gimmelwald, using the Post Bus and Schilthornbahn.

Tom don't make it comlicated, in every half hour the train runs to muerren. the fastest route is to Bern to Interlaken Ost to Lauterbrunnen to Gruetschalp to Muerren. It may takes around 3 hours and 20 minutes.