Questions and answers on seat reservations for Switzerland.
Trains for which you can reserve seats are marked with an R (meaning a reservation is possible) or an R in a rectangular frame (meaning a reservation is compulsory) in the timetable.
For seat reservation for touristic trains such as the Bernina Express, Albula Express, Glacier Express or Voralpen Express and Treno Gottardo etc. please contact a public transport point of sale.
Yes. For the seat reservation, search for a connection with a family coach. To see if a train has a family coach, click on the ‘+’ symbol under ‘Details’. If you see the letters ‘FA’ under ‘Comments’, the train has a family coach.
Trains with family coaches run mainly on the following InterCity routes:
Yes. However, if there are not enough seats next to each other available, you will get a message asking you to split up the reservation. Even if the seat numbers are not always consecutive, the seats will still be in the same compartment.
The reservation fee for seats is CHF 5 per person per train.
For 3 to 6 people, you pay a flat rate of CHF 15.
For 7 or more people, you pay CHF 2 per person per train.
For trains subject to a surcharge (e.g. the Glacier Express), the reservation fee is included in the surcharge.
Generally no. Seat reservations cannot be refunded or exchanged. Special conditions apply to trains subject to a surcharge.
There is an exception if the rolling stock used for the train changes at short notice and your reservations are made invalid. Ask the train crew to provide you with written confirmation. You can obtain a refund of the CHF 5 at the ticket counter or you can exchange it for a promotional code online (to be used for any service when making your next online or mobile booking).
Seat reservations for Europe.
When reserving seats for train journeys to Europe, different prices and provisions apply according to the country.
By telephone: via the SBB Contact Center on 0848 44 66 88 (CHF 0.08/min.).
In person: at any public transport point of sale.
In some cases it is possible to exchange your seat reservation before the departure of the train and in accordance with the conditions that you were informed of during booking. Not all products and services can be exchanged. Please refer to the supplementary travel details you received when you made your online purchase on SBB.ch. If you have any questions, please contact the SBB Contact Center on 0848 44 66 88 (CHF 0.08/min.) or go to a public transport point of sale.
How to book Goldenpass VIP seat with saver day pass?
Hello, I want to take 8th Oct GoldenPass Panoramic train (10:50 Montreux - 12:57 Zweisimmen).I already have a saver pass (1st class), and I also find the Goldenpass VIP seat reservation link as below.
https://shop.mob.ch/en/goldenpass-panoramic-vipLink opens in new window.But it seems I can only buy a normal rate ticket on the site above, which means I double payed saver pass (1st class) fare and Goldenpass train fare.So the question is:In case that I already have a saver pass, where can I pay additional GoldenPass VIP seat fee? (looking for an online link)
Hello! I would like to ask if I'll be able to travel from Montreux to Montbovon on the GoldenPass Panoramic train with a saver day pass. If yes, is it mandatory to have a seat reservation or I can board and sit anywhere? Thank you for any help.
Saver Day Pass 1st class seat reservations not available online
Hi On 29 Oct 2022 I will travel from Zurich HB to Zermatt (11:53 to 15:51) in 1st class (purchased saver day pass). Seat reservation is only showing for the second leg (Bern to Visp) and I know 3rd leg reservation not required. Question: for Zurich HB to Bern InterRegio 2366 its not allowing me to book a seat reservation. Given the construction work Between Bern and Olten has closed many other services on this weekend - Will I be guaranteed a seat on this train without a seat reservation? Thankyou
IR trains do not offer seat reservation, only IC/EC/ICE, and PE trains.Please note: in Switzerland, train tickets never include neither a seat reservation nor a guaranteed seat. All you pay is for the transportation from A to B to C.In Switzerland, trains are mass transit like suburban trains elsewhere: you buy a ticket, you get on the next train and take a free seat. In the unlikely event the train is fully booked, you might have to stand in the aisle or on platforms.If you want to reserve a seat, take the IC1at 12:04 or, even better, the IC8 at 12:32 direct to Visp without change of trains in Bern.