trains from Zurich

We are interested in day trips by rail in Switzerland in Sept.
Suggestions? Where to buy tix. Thansk

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
10846 posts

We were in Zug (outside of Zurich) a couple of years ago and did a Mount Rigi from the train station desk. Asked the clerk for suggests, the train company had a package for Mount Rigi. It was a train to the cog railroad station at the base of Mount Rigi, cog rail to the summit, we walk down to the tram station on the other side, tram down to Lake Lucerne, boat to Lucerne, train back to Zug. Could have ridden the cog rail to the tram station but hiked down for about an hour or so to the station. PS Thanks, Tim, for correct spelling of Rigi.

Posted by Tim
Knoxville, TN, USA
3063 posts

That's "Rigi" and you can easily buy all your train tickets at any Swiss Rail Ticket counter.

Posted by steven
white plains, ny, usa
649 posts

Geri , The Rigi trip is a real charmer ,we learned about it 35 years ago from a travelogue entitled " Changing Trains " written and presented by Eric Robson ( you can watch it on Youtube in four fifteen minute segments ) . There are two approaches to the mountain . The first is what I think Frank did ; Zug to Arth - Goldau then the blue Arth Goldau Rigi Bahn to the summit and the rest as he described . We did the trip last fall in the second manner ; Train from Zurich to Luzern ( We were staying in Luzern at the time ) just outside Luzern Hauptbahnhof to the boat dock , and then the boat to Vitznau where you pick up the red Vitznau Rigi Bahn to the summit ( Rigi - Kulm ) This was the first European mountain railway ( 1871 ) . From the summit , with great views of the Berner Oberland in the distance , you can descend on the same train to the lakeshore and back to Luzern , forty minutes back to Zurich from there. If you do the trip , try to ride one of the restored early century lake steamers to and or from Vitznau . We made the voyage on the Stadt Luzern of 1928. The cruise takes about one hour forty minutes each way and is really beautiful . As Frank said , there are other possibilities for the descent ( ie some walking and a cableway as well , depends on your interests ) . Also in Luzern is the Pilatus cog railway which is also a nice trip .