Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Help & tips > Family matters/health
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #21  
Old 08.08.2018, 14:50
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Zurich
Posts: 48
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 33 Times in 17 Posts
thalcave has no particular reputation at present
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.
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 08.08.2018, 14:54
amogles's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Zurich
Posts: 9,657
Groaned at 193 Times in 164 Posts
Thanked 18,755 Times in 7,953 Posts
amogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

Quote:
View Post
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.
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 08.08.2018, 15:00
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Zurich
Posts: 48
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 33 Times in 17 Posts
thalcave has no particular reputation at present
Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

Quote:
View Post
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.
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 08.08.2018, 15:02
amogles's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Zurich
Posts: 9,657
Groaned at 193 Times in 164 Posts
Thanked 18,755 Times in 7,953 Posts
amogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

Quote:
View Post
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.
Reply With Quote
The following 3 users would like to thank amogles for this useful post:
  #25  
Old 08.08.2018, 15:04
curley's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: canton ZH
Posts: 7,508
Groaned at 92 Times in 86 Posts
Thanked 7,759 Times in 4,193 Posts
curley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

Quote:
View Post
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!
Sometimes you knock me out. LOL.
Reply With Quote
  #26  
Old 08.08.2018, 15:07
amogles's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Zurich
Posts: 9,657
Groaned at 193 Times in 164 Posts
Thanked 18,755 Times in 7,953 Posts
amogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond reputeamogles has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

Quote:
View Post
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.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank amogles for this useful post:
  #27  
Old 08.08.2018, 15:09
MusicChick's Avatar
modified and reprogrammed
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: La Cote
Posts: 11,957
Groaned at 152 Times in 123 Posts
Thanked 14,234 Times in 7,130 Posts
MusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

Quote:
View Post
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
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank MusicChick for this useful post:
  #28  
Old 08.08.2018, 15:12
curley's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: canton ZH
Posts: 7,508
Groaned at 92 Times in 86 Posts
Thanked 7,759 Times in 4,193 Posts
curley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond reputecurley has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

Quote:
View Post
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.
Reply With Quote
  #29  
Old 09.08.2018, 08:38
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Mies
Posts: 663
Groaned at 9 Times in 6 Posts
Thanked 431 Times in 256 Posts
catandmouse has earned some respectcatandmouse has earned some respect
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
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank catandmouse for this useful post:
  #30  
Old 10.08.2018, 07:58
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: ZŁrisee
Posts: 182
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 24 Times in 17 Posts
qomototoro has made some interesting contributions
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..
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank qomototoro for this useful post:
  #31  
Old 10.08.2018, 08:19
Belgianmum's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Neuch‚tel
Posts: 9,741
Groaned at 88 Times in 81 Posts
Thanked 13,565 Times in 6,024 Posts
Belgianmum has a reputation beyond reputeBelgianmum has a reputation beyond reputeBelgianmum has a reputation beyond reputeBelgianmum has a reputation beyond reputeBelgianmum has a reputation beyond reputeBelgianmum has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

Quote:
View Post
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.
Reply With Quote
  #32  
Old 10.08.2018, 08:19
JagWaugh's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Eglisau
Posts: 6,753
Groaned at 49 Times in 48 Posts
Thanked 12,847 Times in 5,066 Posts
JagWaugh has a reputation beyond reputeJagWaugh has a reputation beyond reputeJagWaugh has a reputation beyond reputeJagWaugh has a reputation beyond reputeJagWaugh has a reputation beyond reputeJagWaugh has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

Quote:
View Post
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.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank JagWaugh for this useful post:
  #33  
Old 10.08.2018, 08:35
JagWaugh's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Eglisau
Posts: 6,753
Groaned at 49 Times in 48 Posts
Thanked 12,847 Times in 5,066 Posts
JagWaugh has a reputation beyond reputeJagWaugh has a reputation beyond reputeJagWaugh has a reputation beyond reputeJagWaugh has a reputation beyond reputeJagWaugh has a reputation beyond reputeJagWaugh has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

Quote:
View Post
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.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank JagWaugh for this useful post:
  #34  
Old 10.08.2018, 12:23
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: ZH
Posts: 3,606
Groaned at 21 Times in 20 Posts
Thanked 5,014 Times in 2,043 Posts
doropfiz has a reputation beyond reputedoropfiz has a reputation beyond reputedoropfiz has a reputation beyond reputedoropfiz has a reputation beyond reputedoropfiz has a reputation beyond reputedoropfiz has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

Quote:
View Post
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.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank doropfiz for this useful post:
  #35  
Old 10.08.2018, 17:52
3Wishes's Avatar
Moderately Amused
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Bern area
Posts: 8,143
Groaned at 54 Times in 50 Posts
Thanked 12,388 Times in 5,807 Posts
3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute3Wishes has a reputation beyond repute
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.
Reply With Quote
  #36  
Old 10.08.2018, 19:15
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Zurich
Posts: 1,384
Groaned at 36 Times in 27 Posts
Thanked 580 Times in 425 Posts
blackbird has earned some respectblackbird has earned some respect
Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

Quote:
View Post
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.
Reply With Quote
  #37  
Old 10.08.2018, 19:39
Swisstree's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Hants/ZH
Posts: 2,432
Groaned at 37 Times in 27 Posts
Thanked 5,535 Times in 1,848 Posts
Swisstree has a reputation beyond reputeSwisstree has a reputation beyond reputeSwisstree has a reputation beyond reputeSwisstree has a reputation beyond reputeSwisstree has a reputation beyond reputeSwisstree has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

Quote:
View Post
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.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Swisstree for this useful post:
  #38  
Old 10.08.2018, 19:56
Kreeeee's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: FR
Posts: 309
Groaned at 3 Times in 3 Posts
Thanked 377 Times in 162 Posts
Kreeeee has earned some respectKreeeee has earned some respect
Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

Quote:
View Post
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!
Reply With Quote
  #39  
Old 10.08.2018, 20:18
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Kt Zrh
Posts: 5,504
Groaned at 28 Times in 27 Posts
Thanked 8,125 Times in 3,498 Posts
edot has a reputation beyond reputeedot has a reputation beyond reputeedot has a reputation beyond reputeedot has a reputation beyond reputeedot has a reputation beyond reputeedot has a reputation beyond repute
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.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank edot for this useful post:
  #40  
Old 11.08.2018, 01:18
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Lausanne
Posts: 168
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 256 Times in 105 Posts
Tox_Rat has an excellent reputationTox_Rat has an excellent reputationTox_Rat has an excellent reputationTox_Rat has an excellent reputation
Re: Travelling on the train (long distance) with a 2 month old?

Quote:
View Post
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.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank Tox_Rat for this useful post:
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Vaud with a 4 year old and 18 month old CuppaTea Education 5 03.11.2015 23:50
Travelling with the SNL train from ZH>BLN, opinions! Jonesy Transportation/driving 4 18.02.2013 01:17
[For Sale]: The new iPad (1 month old) with smart cover pratyushonline Items for sale 11 01.07.2012 22:58
Travelling on the tram with small dog Bellabuu Pet corner 3 16.11.2011 20:04
[long distance carrier discussion] 10787 long distance zourab TV/internet/telephone 12 29.03.2011 21:20


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 10:58.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0