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5 Minute Train Transfer Window

I recently booked a train reservation through Rail Europe for Paris to Interlaken. There is one stop on this route at the Basel Sbb station. The first train arrives 11:56AM and the second train departs at 12:01PM. This leaves only 5 minutes to transfer between trains. Will this be possible?! Or should I try to find a different reservation?

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8939 posts

This is very typical with Swiss Rail. The trains run like clockwork, it will be very easy to make the connection. If your train is a little bit late the connecting trains will wait a few minutes for any latecomers. If you do manage to miss your train to Interlaken, there are direct trains every 30 minutes or so. Since domestic Swiss trains don't require reservations your ticket from Basel to Interlaken is valid for any departure.

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2 posts

That puts my worries to rest. Thank you!

Posted by
17897 posts

For Germany, the Bahn website lists track numbers for most trains, but I've never found that information for trains outside of Germany.

Look in the coach. Often major trains have paper schedules distributed on the seats with that trains route and connecting trains at each station, with track numbers. Or ask the conductor.

The main thing is to be prepared to get off when the train stops. Beforehand, move with your luggage to the end of the car by the door. Get off when the train stops. If you still don't know the next platform, look for a station schedule on the platform, then proceed to the connecting tunnel, bridge, whatever. The stair to each platform will be clearly marked in the tunnel.

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17897 posts

Then he should not have any problems.

Unfortunately, SBB doesn't show the arrival platform for this train from Paris, but it does show the connecting train leaving on 10, so get off the train and look for platform 10.

Posted by
3580 posts

Be ready to be first off the train then fly to your connecting train. Even in Switzerland this sounds too close for comfort.