I am trying to get tickets from Basel and Interlaken and from Interlaken to Spiez, but it seems the tickets are available for purchase only within 30 days for travel on the SHH.CH website. Does it seem right? Hannah
I believe it's related to the summer timetable not being available on the Swiss Rail site yet.
Actually, online tickets for travel within Switzerland are only available 30 days in advance. There is really no need to buy in advance, as the trains do not sell out.
Thanks! Do you know when the summer schedule becomes available? It's interesting, because the tickets from Spiez to Milan are available. I will be traveling from Interlaken to Spiez to Milan to Venice. It seems I can buy the tickets to the Italian destination, but should I wait until I know for sure the Interlaken - Spiez schedule? If the summer schedule is not going to be too different from now, there should be plenty of trains from Interlaken to Spiez, and I probably don't need to worry about it. H
Hannah, you really don't have to worry about transportation from Muerren to Spiez. The Train/gondola to Lauterbrunnen runs every 30 minutes beginning at 6:06. The Lauterbrunnen train station is across the street from the gondola station. The train into Interlaken Ost also runs every 30 minutes all during the day. Total travel time from Muerren to Interlaken Ost is 48 minutes. Once in Interlaken Ost, the trains to Spiez also run about every 30 minutes. Travel time is 25 minutes. Best case to Spiez is 90 minutes. Worst case if you miss the train in Lauterbrunnen (which you won't because the Swiss time the bus and gondola runs with the train run) and you miss the train from Interlaken Ost could be 2.5hrs. Or, you can just wait to within 30 days and buy the full run to Venice. The trains won't be full but you could miss out on the nice 19Euro fares on the high-speed from Milan to Venice.
I'd just like to point out that Swiss Railways publish their timetable in late November/ early December for the year so there is little or no change in the summer the website is www.ssb.ch/en for the English version.