European Rail Travel - What is First Class on SBB Swiss Rail like?
Apr 3, 12, 1:35 am
Is it worth paying the difference between 2nd class and 1st class between Zurich and Luzern? About an hours trip. I can't find anywhere, what the difference is.
The time that I am looking at travelling shows an IR train. Is this okay or should I wait the 20 minutes or so for an IC train?
The web site is showing me CHF28 same day return for 2nd class and CHF50 for first class.
I am going to the Swiss Museum of Transport Lucerne, and they are having a 30% off April special, so it could only be CHF35 for 1st and 19.6 for second.
Apr 3, 12, 2:26 am
It depends on what time of day you are travelling.
If it's off-peak second class should do absolutely fine. If it's a peak commuting time you may want to pay the extra and travel first class just for the extra space, and the greater likelihood of finding a seat.
Apr 3, 12, 5:33 am
Easter Sunday from 9am
Apr 3, 12, 6:34 am
Easter Sunday from 9am
Well, you obviously won't get any commuters on Easter Sunday... but I'm afraid I don't know to what extent Swiss families go on outings by train on Easter Sunday.
From memory, second class seating is four across (2-2) and first class seating is three across (1-2). Other than that, and the fact that you tend to find more empty seats in first class, there isn't really that much difference.
Apr 3, 12, 7:15 am
The IC train is likely to be more comfortable and stop less frequently. 1st class gets you a slightly spacier seat, fewer people, but otherwise that's it.
Apr 3, 12, 9:33 am
I find the First Class seats on the single-decker trains (as an IR is likely, but not certain, to be) to be horribly uncomfortable. Sprung bases with absolutely no back or thigh support. I genuinely find the second class seats on those trains vastly more comfortable.
However, on the double-deck stock or older regional stock they are worth paying for as second class seats are too narrow, and those ones are comfortable enough.
Apr 11, 12, 6:11 am
You can see how busy the train is on rail.ch under "Occupancy".
I rarely take first class unless I really want to sit down when there is no available seats in second class (pay upgrade fare onboard). I recommend buying second class.
Also, OP cannot go into lounge for 1st class travel as it is within switzerland.