My son and I will be arriving in Zurich on Saturday a.m. and explore the mountain regions Easter Monday. Is Easter Monday typically a busy travel day in Switzerland to the mountains?

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    Do you have any idea where you want to go ? If yes, then reserve tickets ASAP if you do not want to miss your side trip. – Max Apr 13 '17 at 20:53
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    As Max said it depends a little bit where you want to go to. If it's necessary to reserve a ticket, I would do it immediately. However, for most trains in Switzerland you don't need a reservation at all. If you buy a ticket for a train ride between A and B, this is most often not bound to a specific train but any train between these two cities. – RoflcoptrException Apr 13 '17 at 21:00
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    If you look for a connection on sbb.ch/en/home.html, you can actually see the remaining capacity of the trains (at least for intercity trains). Note also that SBB will run extra trains during easter weekend, so it is a busy travel day. Whether it's particularly busy when going to the mountains, I can't say. – martin.koeberl Apr 13 '17 at 21:48

The busiest travel days are by far from the plain to the mountains at the start of the holiday and from the mountains to the plain at the end of the holidays.

Most cantons have holidays one week before and one week after Easter. That means friday one week before good friday, and sunday one week after Easter are going to be awful. Easter monday is in the middle of most people's vacation so it'll be fine. Keep in mind that it is an official day off in most places, so it counts as a sunday for time tables. (For the major train lines this doesn't change much, for minor bus lines it does).

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