Newbie Question Luggage: CPH-ZRH (Swiss Air), Zurich-Zermatt (Swiss Rail)

Old Nov 30, 19, 11:11 am
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Luggage: CPH-ZRH (Swiss Air), Zurich-Zermatt (Swiss Rail)

Looking for guidance or advice on traveling with luggage to and from Zurich next year. We are flying from Copenhagen to Zurich, and then planning on taking the train from Zurich to Zermatt. We will each have two (2) checked bags, including a ski bag each. Four (4) bags total: two (2) suitcases and two (2) ski boot bags. My understanding is that our fare class on Swiss Air includes one (1) free checked bag, and that our ski baggage is also free. I have also read that Swiss Air can check our baggage all the way to Zermatt through their partnership with CBB (Swiss Rail)

Travel Details
Travelers - Two (2). I am Star Alliance Gold and my companion is Star Alliance Silver
Date - Thursday 02/01/2020 09:40 CPH - 11:35 ZRH via LX 1267
Fare - Classic K

My assumption is that when we get to CPH, we will inform the Swiss Air agent that we are traveling to Zermatt via Rail, and they will arrange for our bags to be checked / interlined from CPH-ZRH-Zermatt.

Questions
  • Do we need to show our train tickets to the Swiss Air agent when we check our bags in CPH?
  • Do we need to purchase anything in advance?
  • I have read that the bags require green plastic covers to go through customs. Does this happen at the airport?
  • We land ZRH at 11:35 AM, and plan to leave on a 1:35 PM train - is two hours sufficient?
  • Anything else we should know or plan for?
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Old Nov 30, 19, 11:22 am
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Originally Posted by LRMErnst View Post

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  • Anything else we should know or plan for?
Also, per CBB, luggage arriving at ZRH before 11:50 AM is supposed to arrive in Zermatt by 7:00 PM. Our flight is scheduled to arrive at 11:35 AM - so a very small margin. Luggage from flights arriving after 11:50 AM will arrive the next day by 1:00 PM. The latter is not a good option as I will need all of my ski gear and clothing to be able to ski on Friday.

It seems like the safe option would be to check our luggage from CPH-ZRH via LX, collect it in ZRH, and then check it again on our train to Zermatt - ignoring the interline option. This is slightly less convenient, but mitigates risk of out ski gear not arriving on the same day we do.

Last question - What are the green luggage tags / covers that we need? Do we need those before leaving Copenhagen?

Last edited by LRMErnst; Nov 30, 19 at 11:33 am Reason: Edit - Added another question.
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Old Nov 30, 19, 11:32 am
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Most of your questions are answered on the page you linked to, at least:
- green tags.
- Showing the ticket.
- How to book it (for your convenience: "in other countries, this offer can only be booked through a tour operator. ").

Note: there's no good reason to book or plan on taking a specific train (unless you get a saver ticket, but that's probably not worth it when arriving by plane). Just arrive at ZRH and get on the next available train taking your route. Install the SBB app in advance to save yourself time looking for connections. There seem to be connections to Zermatt leaving every 30 minutes, so you're just wasting your own time if you select a specific train. (Your bags would travel on a different train anyway.)

In the other direction it looks like there are services that you can book yourself at least.

If you want same-day guarantees, just carry luggage onto the train. Or use the usual overnight SBB luggage service.
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Old Nov 30, 19, 11:52 am
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Originally Posted by televisor View Post

If you want same-day guarantees, just carry luggage onto the train. Or use the usual overnight SBB luggage service.
Thank you. This only occurred to me after the fact...I was assuming that the rail was like the airlines, and that it required advanced purchase / or that there were carry-on restrictions. We are planning on getting on a low-occupancy train. I assume there are no rules against us just carrying our luggage on the train and stowing it on the rack? (We are not opposed to hauling our own luggage...I just didn't realize that was an option.)
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Old Dec 1, 19, 4:01 am
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Originally Posted by LRMErnst View Post
I assume there are no rules against us just carrying our luggage on the train and stowing it on the rack?
None whatsoever. This is the default and easiest option and gives you full flexibility.
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Old Dec 3, 19, 10:37 am
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If you are going directly to Zermatt, then just take your gear with you on the train. Easiest option and no risk of being in Zermatt without your gear! You usually have to change in Visp, but it not a long walk.

Iím going late February next year, hopefully you get nice conditions, 2019 was not the best year.
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Old Dec 3, 19, 11:37 am
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Thank you! Will do.
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