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Travel On Train IC (LD/Twindexx) (Switzerland)
The front end a SBB LD/Twindexx train - note the red frames the black

IC (LD/Twindexx) (Switzerland)

This guide to travelling on the new Twindexx trains now operating on Intercity routes in Switzerland will tell you all you need to know.

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At a Glance

Travel Pass Supplement

Rail Pass Reservation Fees
Reservations

Available
Time of Day

Day
Catering

Food services available

Restaurant
Bar (sandwiches, snacks, salads)
Accessibility

Accessing the train

Wheelchair Spaces
Bikes Allowed
Train Specification

Attributes of the train

Double Deck
Has a Conductor
Country

Which country these trains operate in.

Switzerland
Travel Passes
Eurail
InterRail
Swiss Travel Pass
Saver Day Pass

On Board

First Class

Perks
Power Socket

The power sockets on this train are compatible with standard E.U. two point plugs.

Trolley Service:

A catering trolley with hot and cold drinks and snacks should be taken through the train at some point during its journey.

Upper deck 1st class seating saloon on a SBB LD/Twindexx train Upper deck 1st class seating saloon on a SBB LD/Twindexx train
A luggage rack on a SBB LD/Twindexx train A luggage rack on a SBB LD/Twindexx train

All power sockets on these trains are only compatible with Swiss 3 pin plugs.

A catering trolley MAY be pushed through the train to provide an at seat service of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks.

Second Class

Perks
Power Socket

The power sockets on this train are compatible with standard E.U. two point plugs.

Trolley Service:

A catering trolley with hot and cold drinks and snacks should be taken through the train at some point during its journey.

Travel info:
Upper deck 2nd class seating saloon on a SBB LD/Twindexx train Upper deck 2nd class seating saloon on a SBB LD/Twindexx train

All power sockets on these trains are only compatible with Swiss 3 pin plugs.

A catering trolley MAY be pushed through the train to provide an at seat service of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks.

IC (Twindexx) travel guide:

These are the brand new double-deck trains which the Swiss national rail operator, SBB has begun to introduce on its IC (InterCity) routes/services.

SBB refers to these trains as 'LD trains' and more info about these trains is available on the SBB website.
Though these trains seem to more commonly referred to as 'Twindexx' trains.

ShowMeTheJourney has produced a specific guide to travelling by these LD (Twindexx) trains because they represent a step forward from the other SBB IC trains.

Something which sets them apart is that they don't tilt like the ICN trains, which SBB also uses on some IC routes, but they have been engineered, so that they can travel around bends in the track faster and more smoothly.

Routes:

According to the SBB website these Twindexx trains are now operating on these routes

IC 1: St Gallen - Winterthur - Zurich Flughafen - Zurich HB - Bern - Fribourg - Lausanne - Geneve - Geneve Aeroport (now virtually all departures)

IC 2: Zurich - Zug - Bellinzona - Lugano - Chiasso (some departures, particularly the trains which terminate in Chiasso)

IC 3: Basel - Zurich HB - Landquart - Chur (some departures)

IC 21: Basel - Luzern - Bellinzona - Lugano (a few departures)

These trains without the restaurant cars being available for use, are also be used on this route on which the trains are designated [IR}(/travel-on/train/31-ir-switzerland/)
Luzern - Zug - Zurich - Zurich Flughfaen - St Gallen - St Margrethen - Buchs - Landquart - Chur
The same on board experience, except for no catering service,s being available.

Train facilities summary:

In comparison to the older decked Swiss IC trains, these new LD (Twindexx) trains have:

(1) Electronic info screens on board, which give details of the route and list the details of the connecting departures available at the next station, which the train will be calling at.

(2) Power sockets available in 2nd class, as well as 1st class

(3) More wheelchair accessible compartments and toilets

(4) Toilets which have baby changing facilities

(5) A dedicated family car

(6) More space for prams/pushchairs/strollers

(7) More bike racks

Travelling on the upper deck:

All the routes taken by these trains have scenic highlights, so an obvious advantage of being on the upper deck are the better opportunities to make the most of the views.

However, there are less obvious advantages of heading to the upper deck:

  • it is easier to move through the train at the upper deck to seek out spare seats
  • the restaurant is at the upper level.

The lower deck can feel more spacious as there’s more headroom - and if you have heavy luggage it obviously saves you the effort of heaving it upstairs.
There are luggage racks in the lower and upper deck seating saloons.

The toilets are also located on both decks.

The (WiFi):

Swiss national rail operator SBB does not provide wi-fi on its trains in the conventional sense - meaning that passengers can't log on to a SBB portal for wi-fi.

Instead SBB has equipped its IC trains with signal amplifiers to enable enhanced connectivity with local mobile networks.

The coaches/cars equipped with this equipment have symbols by the doors - and SBB suggests that passengers who wish to access wi-fi during a journey, should travel in these coaches in order to access these 'hotspots'.

Catering:

The interior of the restaurant car on a SBB LD/Twindexx train The interior of the restaurant car on a SBB LD/Twindexx train
The exterior of the restaurant car on a SBB LD/Twindexx train The exterior of the restaurant car on a SBB LD/Twindexx train

The restaurant car can be popular at meal times, as prices aren't exponentially more expensive compared to standard restaurants.
If you want to have a meal head direct to the restaurant car when boarding and spend your journey in the car.
Though something to watch out for as that two Twindexx trains can be joined together on many departures and when that is the case, the restaurant will only be available in one part of the train and not the other.
So use the info on the departure screens on the platforms (gleis/voies) which will tell you in which part of the train the restaurant car will be located.

A catering trolley may be pushed through the train to provide an at seat service in both 1st and 2nd class.

Boarding:

The departure information on the platform (gleis/voie/binaro) at a Swiss station will indicate in which 'Sektor' (zone) the 1st class, 2nd class and restaurant coaches/cars will occupy when the train arrives.
Swiss stations don't have a system which will tell you, in which specific 'Sektor' (zone) you should wait, if you have a reservation in a specific coach/car.

Don’t be surprised if the 'Sektor' (zone) you need is some distance from your entrance point to the gleis/platform/track.

If you haven't reserved, a tip is to head for the respective zones/sektors furthest away from the entrance to the gleis/platform/track.
Fewer people will have headed to the far ends of the train, so you should increase your chances of finding a seat - particularly if there is an option to board towards the front of the train.
Walk through the train if need be.

Few seats are generally reserved on IC trains so finding seats shouldn’t be a problem outside business hours.

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