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Bernina express Switzerland - timing of tickets & seat resv.

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Bernina express Switzerland - timing of tickets & seat resv.

I am planning to take the Bernina Express on October 10 with 5 friends from Chur to Tirano, continuing on to Lugano via the Bernina bus (doing the journey in 1 day). We have been online at the Rhaetian Railway, website http://www.rhb.ch/Home.1643.0.html?&L=4 and saw that there are only 7 available seats on the train and 8 on the bus that day. One of the people in our group tried to purchase the tickets and the seat reservations (train and bus) today. She discovered that she could not buy tickets, just reservations (we can’t buy tickets until August). We were surprised that there are so few available seats showing on their website this many months in advance. We are also very concerned about the whether we should go ahead and buy the seat reservations now (since there are only 7 or 8 seats available and there are 6 of us) even though we can’t buy tickets until Aug. Do you suggest that we go ahead and buy seat reservation now or should we wait until we can buy both tickets and reservations in Aug.? Does any of this sound right? Thanks very much!!!

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1. Re: Bernina express Switzerland - timing of tickets & seat resv.

If you are sure about your date of travel then do go ahead and get the seats. At that time of the year there may be only one bus connection to Lugano and I think that perhaps some travel agencies or tour operators block seats on it... The seat reservation fee should be around 15frs/pp and it would seem to me that this is good "trip insurance". You can then buy the tickets on the day of travel...

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2. Re: Bernina express Switzerland - timing of tickets & seat resv.

> We were surprised that there are so few available seats showing on their website this many months in advance.

Only a few seats for reservation are released at a time. When you visit the site you will see this message:-

'It's possible that further free seats are available, but not on the internet.

The Rhaetian Railway's Railservice will be happy to help you. Phone: +41 (0)81 288 65 65, E-Mail'

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3. Re: Bernina express Switzerland - timing of tickets & seat resv.

Thank you for your responses. Sorry it's taken me so long to let you know the outcome: we contacted Rhaetian Railways via email and they opened up a second car so we could make seat reservations for the train and the bus. We're glad we have this taken care of - "trip insruance", as you said.

Thanks again!

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