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I am going from Interlaken to Paris, and need to transfer trains at the Basel SBB station. Train numbers are IC 1058 to TGV 9206. I only have 5 minutes between them. Do you think one can do the transfer in 5 minutes? I don't have much luggage on me.

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Tomorrow the trains will use tracks 9 and 10 respectively, which are on the same platform, so it would be pretty quick.

You can check your itinerary for your date of travel, in Switzerland (contrary to France) tracks are assigned well in advance. There’s a good chance they will be the same.

Note however that a TGV can be 500 meters long if it involves two coupled units, and you can’t go from unit to the other, so you could have to walk 250 meters in the very worst case (if you end up at one end of the train and your seat is in the other unit). But that should take way less than 5 minutes for most people.

Also, make sure to book both trains as a single booking. Swiss trains are notoriously reliable, but delays do happen once in a while, and if your train is delayed and both trains are booked together you will be able to take the next available train.

  • You cannot "book" trains in Switzerland. In TGV however it's mandatory. – Bregalad Aug 27 at 12:14
  • @Bregalad That's quite incorrect. First, saver tickets are linked to a specific date and train. Next, you can make a reservation on at least some of the long-distance trains in Switzerland, I had a reservation last time I travelled from Geneva to Bienne for instance (and it was indeed displayed on the little LED screens above the seats in the ICN I took). On the CFF website, the ability to make a reservation is shown my the presence of the R symbol in the description of the train. If you book a train from Interlaken to Paris on the CFF website you'll be able to book even the Swiss train. – jcaron Aug 27 at 12:24

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