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Catching a coach in Switzerland

Linda Moon takes the bus and discovers another fuss-free way to get from A to B.

As the coach rounds the steep bends of the road, I spot glimpses of snow on lofty, faraway mountains. In the foreground, sunlight filters through dramatic stands of sombre fir forest.

There are only a few couples and families with me on the Mount Titlis day tour, an approximately 90-minute trip from Zurich via Lucerne to the 3020-metre Mount Titlis Glacier Park.

Having already crossed some of the country by rail and plane, I’m enjoying being chaperoned; everything from storing my luggage to organising the tickets to the Glacier Park is in the hands of someone else for a change.

Deciding on my tour from an array of choices and standing in the queue at the tourist information office to book was the hardest part.

Arriving at Engelberg, our coach parks beside a crystalline river where we await the first of three cable-car rides to the top.

After two hours of exploring – clambering through the glacier cave, climbing the suspension bridge, and taking the chairlift over the ice – I’m ready to chill out on the journey back to Zurich.

Guided coach tours are great for people travelling alone, the elderly or those with small children, although they don’t allow much flexibility.

But as I sit back and watch the scenery whizz past, it seems like a small price to pay for fuss-free travel.

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