I don’t really want to get serious about planning the hotels for Switzerland now. It can wait until next spring - even summer … but you know me, I can’t help myself!
In order to save money, we are flying in and out of Basel AND we have lousy flight times.
The day we arrive, we land at 5:30 PM if we are on time. Optimistically, we’ll be out of the airport by 6. Getting to the train station from the airport is easy, it’s a shuttle bus and costs 4 francs – we’ve done it before and we know what to expect. It’s fast and easy, takes about 15 / 20 minutes and you’re at the train station. I figure it’s logical to expect that we get there by 6:30PM.
Trains to Bern are frequent, there are about 3 or 4 per hour, some direct and some with a change in Olten.. easy. I calculate that the earliest train we’d catch is around 7PM – which means we’d get to Bern by 8 / 8:30. THEN we have to get to the hotel; I figure opening the door to our room at 9PM is a reasonable estimate.
My idea is just to spend the first night in Basel. Have a nice meal, then crash for the night and head out to Bern early the next morning. My husband however said we might as well get all the travelling over and done with on the first day so we can start in Bern the next morning.
Meh. I’m not in the mood to decide. Thankfully I have almost a year to make up my mind!