Getting There And Getting Around Zürich

The Post Bus, operated by the Swiss National Post Office, is a convenient way to travel around the Lower Engadine Valley. Credit:  swiss-image.ch/Christof Sonderegger The Post Bus, operated by the Swiss National Post Office, is a convenient way to travel around the Lower Engadine Valley. Credit: swiss-image.ch/Christof Sonderegger

Most visitors to Scuol fly into Zürich, and either stay to check out the old yet modern cosmopolitan banking city or grab a train straight to the Lower Engadine Valley. A train ride to Scuol from Zürich’s main station (Hauptbahnhof in German) takes just under three hours, with a transfer at Landquart. The trip provides passengers with amazing views of the Swiss Alps. Check ZVV.ch or SBB.ch for fares and schedules. If you plan to continue traveling south by train, into Italy’s dolomites, consider buying a Eurailpass to save some money. Once you’re in Scuol, try the Post Bus for day trips.

Scuol has accommodations that fit any budget. The town’s youth hostel, run by Hostelling International, was recently built and is neatly modern and affordable, especially compared to some of the higher-end hotels and guesthouses in the region. But if money is no barrier, consider treating yourself at the famous Engadin Bad Scuol, home of amazing spa treatments, including many types of baths and massages. The spa also has guestrooms and restaurants. Another upscale option is the nearby Crusch Alba restaurant and guesthouse. Before you head to Switzerland, check local hotel websites for summer deals that include train tickets and a trip to the Bad (or bath). 

Naomi Lubick

Lubick (www.naomilubick.com) is a freelance science writer based in Stockholm, Sweden. 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 06:00