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Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

Yes, I understood it as well, I was just drawing a comparison.
In the end, first class passengers in trains are also paying 4-5 x the normal fare.
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Old 08.08.2018, 15:54
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Yes, I understood it as well, I was just drawing a comparison.
In the end, first class passengers in trains are also paying 4-5 x the normal fare.
really?

ZŁrich Geneva, 44CHF in 2nd class with Halbtax, 77CHF in 1st.
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really?

ZŁrich Geneva, 44CHF in 2nd class with Halbtax, 77CHF in 1st.
OK, OK, I was wrong, it's almost double (88 vs 154, no halbtax), not 4 times more expensive.
TIL something.
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Old 08.08.2018, 16:02
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I never traveled first / business class with infants; moreover, I've never seen one of them in these classes in airplanes.
Do you recommend this from your own experience? What are the other passengers saying when they end up with a screamer next to them, after paying 4-5 x?
On a train the first class areas are normally not full. Typically, if you're not exactly traveling full on peak, there is oodles of space and maybe not more then 10 people in the whole carriage. You can easily have a whole seating bay all to yourself, and the bay opposite will be empty too. Therefore people won't end up with a screamer next to them.

Passengers in 1st class aren't too different to those in 2nd class. Some may be arseh*les but most will be tolerant and understanding.

I see families with young children in 1st class all the time.
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Old 08.08.2018, 16:04
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https://stories.sbb.ch/mit-dem-kinde...ug/2014/05/12/
https://stories.sbb.ch/kinderwagen/2014/09/15/

Long distance train most often have a dedicated family coach or a coach with a family zone. It is often either the very first or very last car of the train. At Zurich HB often the last one for arrivals, and the first for departures.

Such trains are marked with FZ (Family Zone) in the time table.

In the online time table click on the connection, then you should see if it has a family zone, a further click on "Zugformation einblenden"/"Show train information" and you will see where the coach with the family zone is located in the composition.
WOW! I never even knew this!
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Old 08.08.2018, 16:07
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WOW! I never even knew this!
Sometimes you knock me out. LOL.
The family zone is more typically oriented towards older children as it is mostly about activities. I don't know if they still do but there was a time they even had a slide.
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WOW! I never even knew this!
Sometimes you knock me out. LOL.
What, you have never seen the IC kid carriages with cartoony animals on them? Or heard, I bring ear plugs there. It is a jungle. A lot of fun for kids.

They do have a slide and it works
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What, you have never seen the IC kid carriages with cartoony animals on them? Or heard, I bring ear plugs there. It is a jungle. A lot of fun for kids.

They do have a slide and it works
Nope. I guess I have a naturally inbuilt navigation system to keep me away.
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Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

Be sure to check up your schedules before you go. No trains between Puidoux and Lausanne until the end of August and all long-distance trains are taking the "Pied du Jura" route via Neuch‚tel. Check on sbb.ch/en
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Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

My buggy is foldable but the bassinet for newborn on top is not and it’s quite big (?) (much longer than a car seat)

I would definitely consider going in the first class. Thanks to everybody’s suggestions. And I would be going for a couple of days. Definitely not a one day return trip.

Does the IC train not have air conditioning?

Although, struggling with the baby’s difficulty in falling asleep, fussiness and over-tiredness in the afternoons and evenings these past days, I’m not so sure travelling will be a good idea anymore..
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I think it was measels that cought my attention, it was 85% only as per WHO who wants 95%. We had outbreaks in the region in the 2017, the campaigning for vaxing was quite pronounced.
Measles is not part of the two month vaccination so not a consideration in the OPís case. It is administered much later either as a single vaccine or in conjunction with the mumps and rubella vaccines.
The early vaccines are things that I think almost everybody in Switzerland ( the ones who are able to be vaccinated anyway) will be vaccinated for.
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My buggy is foldable but the bassinet for newborn on top is not and itís quite big (?) (much longer than a car seat)

I would definitely consider going in the first class. Thanks to everybodyís suggestions. And I would be going for a couple of days. Definitely not a one day return trip.

Does the IC train not have air conditioning?

Although, struggling with the babyís difficulty in falling asleep, fussiness and over-tiredness in the afternoons and evenings these past days, Iím not so sure travelling will be a good idea anymore..
Ease into it, both you and the baby need to get used to it.

Having a child is not a ball and chain... unless you work on making it so.
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What, you have never seen the IC kid carriages with cartoony animals on them? Or heard, I bring ear plugs there. It is a jungle. A lot of fun for kids.

They do have a slide and it works
For a while some of them even had a JagWaugh reading Dr. Seuss. Often drew a fair crowd.
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Although, struggling with the babyís difficulty in falling asleep, fussiness and over-tiredness in the afternoons and evenings these past days, Iím not so sure travelling will be a good idea anymore..
Each baby is different, of course, and you know yours best. Some find the consistent slow hum of a moving car or a train soothing. I've seen a number of babies fussy when embarking a train, but as soon as the journey starts and their parents settle down, so do they.
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Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

A tip if you need to change trains somewhere - bring your patience and have a plan in case of delay, etc.

As others have said, the family carriage is generally at the end of the train. When you switch to the new train, that carriage might be all the way at the other end of the platform and you don't have time to get there before the train leaves - so you'll wind up in a regular carriage.

If you know what can happen and have a plan for it, you'll be less likely to freak out.
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Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

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Yes, I understood it as well, I was just drawing a comparison.
In the end, first class passengers in trains are also paying 4-5 x the normal fare.
If you book far in advance, you can find some bargains, like 30-40 Euros in Germany in 1st class (for example from Basel to Berlin).
You can book up to 6 months in advance.
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Each baby is different, of course, and you know yours best. Some find the consistent slow hum of a moving car or a train soothing. I've seen a number of babies fussy when embarking a train, but as soon as the journey starts and their parents settle down, so do they.
Exactly this.

One of my kids at 2 months, no way would I have ever thought about a long journey..

But the other child, no problem whatsoever - could've gone to the moon and back in a tin can at 2 months.
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I never traveled first / business class with infants; moreover, I've never seen one of them in these classes in airplanes.
Do you recommend this from your own experience? What are the other passengers saying when they end up with a screamer next to them, after paying 4-5 x?
Why do you think I travel first class with kids?

You should see the looks on their entitled sour-faces when two tired kids pop their perfect little bubbles and they have to share their world with the fruits of my loins

I highly recommend it!
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Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

If you are traveling first class, the best time to go is after 9AM and before 3PM. Less crowded.

If you can choose an ic type of train without stairs, thatís likely to be easiest. Also the first or last carriage (depends on configuration of the train) often has the large handicap accessible bathroom in first class.

If you can buy your ticket a few days before travel and commit to a particular train, a super saver ticket saves a lot of money.
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Does the IC train not have air conditioning?
Generally yes, when it is working. It's not always very cool though, particularly if the sunny side of a crowded train.

The trains here are a fabulously easy way to travel. I wouldn't worry about the logistics too much, it all works really well here. Just imitate the other families when you get to the station. This time of year, there will be loads of them traveling around.
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