Have you tried to figure out trains in Europe? This is our fourth trip to Europe and I finally feel like we are getting better at public transportation. Every time something goes wrong, you learn a valuable lesson. For instance, in 2011, we planned to travel via train from Prague to Nuremberg. I researched it in advance and I found a train/bus combo that took a few hours. But, being Woodyear's, we got up late missed the optimal train/bus combo and ended up on what can only be described as the HELL TRAIN. Picture this, 98 degrees, no AC, packed to standing room only, stops at every tiny town along the way, no food or drinks, 6 hours long, about 200 miles. It was awful. Then we transferred to an ICE train from Nuremberg to Munich. Train covered same distance, in about 30 minutes, with cold beer and AC. Not crowded, not smelly, not hot!!! Key learning, pay attention to the KIND of TRAIN you are getting on!!!!
The best spot to figure out the Swiss Trains is http://www.sbb.ch/en/. We are travelling with a 15 year old child, and she is FREE with the SWISS FAMILY PASS. This is great news. But would never have known that if I used the Rail Europe Website. Although the Rail Europe site was super helpful when trying to figure out what pass, if any, would work for our itinerary (see previous post).