Best of Switzerland, 5 days Geneva to Zurich

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Mar 14, 2019 - 4:04 PM

I'm planning a 5 day trip to Switzerland in mid-May for my husband, our 4 year old, and me. The plan is the fly in to Geneva mid morning (Saturday), and end up in Zurich to take a night train to Prague by Thursday.

We are not the biggest hikers; we tend to enjoy going in to towns, eating local foods and learning about culture, but we also love good views. From what I read, one can easily go through the towns in a day, maybe even less. I wanted to make the most of our short stay, but not also be too overwhelming.

Here is what I was thinking:

  • Day 1: Arrive Geneva mid-morning, explore and spend the night here so we can rest.
  • Day 2: Morning train to our base, Lauterbrunnen (or maybe Interlaken?) where I'd lake to stay for the next 2 nights and take day trips from here.

*Can we go from Geneva to Montreaux so we can catch the Golden Pass and make our way to Interlaken, and then to Lauterbrunnen? Or should we do that on our way to Lucern?

Trip out to Jungfrau.

  • Day 3: Day trip to Gimmelwald, Murren. (maybe see Interlaken if we aren't staying here)
  • Day 4: Morning Jungfrau, afternoon train to Lucern (spend night here).
  • Day 5: Explore Lucern, and then take a mid-day train to Zurich, explore the city, and then take the night train to Prague.


  • Are there days where it looks crazy packed, or not packed enough? Where would the best base be per the sites I have listed?
  • We're not attached to the idea of staying the first night in Geneva or out last night in Lucern. Should we skip Geneva and head straight to Lauterbrunnen? Or should we skip Lucerne, stay another night in Lauterbrunnen, and head straight to Zurich?
  • Is it crazy to carry around roller luggage throughout this whole trip?
  • What would be the most efficient and cost effective train pass for our trip?

I have so much to learn from your website! And I absolutely enjoy reading other people's experience.

Thanks so much in advance,


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Mar 14, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Hi Jen and welcome to MySwissAlps!

The trip you are planning sounds lovely! I would suggest that whilst working on your itinerary, you have a look at all travel times between your destinations, to make sure you're comfortable with the starting times and durations: metable

In that way you will be able to determine what pace is good for you and your family :)

I have included links to the destinations on your trip for further reading:

Some answers to your questions:

  • Lauterbrunnen will be a better base for Jungfraujoch if that is a must see on your trip as the travel times will be less, but have a look at the timetable as I mentioned.
  • Golden Pass you can do it either on your way to Interlaken or Lucerne as it goes through both, depending on how much time you're prepared to travel: ldenpass
  • You can explore Geneva and not stay overnight (and travel directly to Lauterbrunnen). Same with Lucerne, if you are comfortable with the travel times: metable
  • You can roll your luggage the whole trip, and there are also other solutions: ain/practical/luggage

For rail passes, this will depend on your final itinerary. Once you have settled on one, you can map it all out on the spreadsheet tool here and then choose the best travel pass: ain/ticketspasses/prac tical/chooserailpass

However looking at your rough itinerary, the Swiss Travel Pass will be a very good candidate isstravelpass (your 4 year old will not need one as children up to 5 travel for free).

I'm glad you find our website useful, I am sure others will also have good tips to make your trip extra special.

Happy planning!


Last modified on Mar 14, 2019 - 5:57 PM by Maria
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Mar 15, 2019 - 12:50 AM in reply to Maria

Thank you so much Maria! You guy definitely have the answer for everything!

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