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Zurich to Vienna , please help plan 2.5 days

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Zurich to Vienna , please help plan 2.5 days


I will be reaching Zurich on a Friday early morning by plane. I need to be in Vienna by Sunday night. What are my options?

My initial plan was to explore Zurich and Lucerne Friday and Saturday. Then taking the 8 hour train by Railjet from Zurich to Vienna (that I believe goes through Innsbruck and supposedly very scenic) on Sunday (leaving around 10 am, reaching Vienna around 6 pm).

But I just read up on Glacier Express. Is there any way I can accommodate it?

Are 8 hours going to be tough on the train? Should we stop and spend the night in Innsbruck?

Basically, how would you plan for these 2.5 days. I have always wanted to see the Alps (from a train - comfortably).

Thanks in advance,


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1. Re: Zurich to Vienna , please help plan 2.5 days

Hi and welcome to TA! First, without knowing what you would enjoy seeing and doing, it is impossible to give you advice about how to spend your time. What I would enjoy might be a complete waste of time for you.

Your plan to spend some time in Zurich and Lucerne is fine and the train to Vienna is also fine. You could also consider the night train from Lucerne to Zurich and then to Vienna but you don't get to see any scenery at night!

You might consider going from Zurich to Zermatt late on the first day and then take the Glacier Express to Chur (about 7 hours but gorgeous Alps all the way). The next day you can take the train to Sargans where you connect with the jet train to Vienna. It's two long days on trains but might be worth it? I've certainly been known to do such things!

Hope this helps

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2. Re: Zurich to Vienna , please help plan 2.5 days

I love the GE and take it a lot but I think with only a night here you would be better off staying in Luzern as per your original idea. That way you would see a pretty city, nice lake and not just the inside of trains...

And yes! The ride from Zürich to Innsbruck through the Arlberg is extremely lovely.

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