Switzerland

Cathay Pacific CX382 Zurich to Hong Kong

We had arrived late into Zurich on BA712 from London Heathrow so our connection time of 1 hour and 10 minutes was reduced to less than an hour and we had to change terminals and clear another security screening.

Anyway we made it and boarded Cathay Pacific CX382 a Boeing 777 and for this flight we were located in the main business class cabin in the center two seats row 18 being 18D and 18G. Leaving Zurich at 1:30 PM and arriving in Hong Kong the next morning at 7:05 AM the meals were lunch and breakfast with snacks available in between if desired.

SBB EC 51 from Bern to Milano Centrale travpass Sun, 12/30/2012 - 08:54

This would be without a doubt the absolute worst train trip we have ever experienced and that includes Sydney rail experiences! We have used London metro, Paris metro, Los Angeles trains, Tokyo metro, Kyoto metro and Japan rail, Hong Kong Rail, Italian Rail, Barcelona metro, German trains, Finland, Swedish, Danish and Singapore trains, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane rail and yes this Swiss one is without doubt the very worst by a long margin.

Hotel Schweizerhof Bern

Arrived at this hotel to check in late at around 11:00PM and very keen to get to the room and sleep.

Check in person insisted on showing us the room and asked several times if we wanted help with bags which we refused. For a start we had dragged them more than half way around the world already including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, London, Amsterdam and Paris without a problem and that night just wanted to get to the room with the least amount of fuss via the fastest method.

TVG Lyra 9287 from Paris Gare De Lyon to Berne Switzerland

Attempting to book a train like this from Australia will continually divert you to the rail Europe Australian site. Using a UK IP address avoids this and you can access the UK booking site.

Total price was 236 euro for 2 people in first class which they call LYRIAPREMIERE PICCOLO.

Service on board was a meal at your seat which neither of us really ate and a drink with one refill offered.

Train from Zürich Hauptbahnhof to Milano

13:09 Train Zürich Hauptbahnhof 13:09 – Milano 16:50

Once again according to the Eurail schedule book this train service required a reservation.

The reservation was made at Zürich Hauptbahnhof and we were charged 35 CHF for the reservation.

As checkout for our room was 11:00 AM and we had been very tired from the previous night train experiences we made the reservation for the 13:09 train.

We actually arrived at Zürich Hauptbahnhof just before 10:00 AM and decided to see if we could change to the 11.09 AM.

Night Train Wien Westbahnhof to Zürich Hauptbahnhof

Night Train Wein 22:25 – Zurich 07:20

Just when we thought we had seen the worst with the previous Berlin to München service and the improvement with the München to Wein service we found ourselves on another carriage with the same configuration as the Berlin to München train.

The only improvement with this carriage was that it did not seem to smell as much. Without the extra room as we scored previously this compartment was extremely claustrophobic.