This keeps happening to me. During my time in Europe, I’m always fighting against the clock to reach my accommodation. When I was in Bruges, Belgium, I barely made it to my hostel with 1% battery left on my cell phone. It was no different in Liechtenstein. I just finished travelling in Italy and was on my way to Liechtenstein to visit one of the smallest countries in Europe. The hostel I was staying at (and the only hostel in Liechtenstein) was closing at 10pm and I wouldn’t be able to check in if I arrive a minute later.
I would be taking the following train connections to reach my destination:
- Rimini to Bologna
- Bologna to Milan
- Milan to Zurich
- Zurich to Buchs
Typically, there is a train that goes from Buchs SG in Switzerland to Schaan-Vaduz train station in Liechtenstein. However, the trains are infrequent and I would have to take a bus to enter this tiny country.
I start asking around how to take the bus but many of the Swiss bus drivers are quite unfriendly and even yelled at me when I asked for direction. How annoyingly rude.
Finally, a bus comes by which I took to cross over to Liechtenstein. The fare to take the bus from Buchs SG to Schaan-Vaduz Switzerland costs 4.10 CHF.
Time is ticking as I walked towards my hostel in Liechtenstein
When the bus finally arrives in Schaan-Vaduz in Liechtenstein, I looked at the time and it says it is 9:30pm. Holy shit! I need to run!
I pull up my app called maps.me and navigate my way to the hostel. The app tells me that the walking journey from the train/bus station to my hostel would take 25 minutes.
Despite being tired from taking all those train rides, my adrenaline was running high as I speed walked my way towards the hostel.
The walk was actually quite pleasant and I can see that Liechtenstein is a very beautiful country. After power walking for 25 minutes while carrying almost 20kg worth of bags, I finally made it to the hostel!
Just made it in the nick of time!
I look at the time and it says 9:57 PM. Quickly, I go inside and the front desk person tells me I barely made it and he wouldn’t be able to complete check in. However, he can give me the key to my room and tells me to complete the check-in the following day when I check-out.
The hostel was also really good and had a nice relaxing evening there chatting with other backpackers.
Quick summary on how to cross from Switzerland to Liechtenstein
Step 1: Go to Buchs SG train station in Switzerland
Step 2: Take the bus outside Buchs SG to cross over to Liechtenstein arriving at Schaan-Vaduz train/bus station. The cost of the bus ticket is 4.10 CHF.
Other facts: Vaduz is the capital of Liechtenstein and has a population of 5005 people. They speak Swiss-German in the country and most people are very friendly and helpful.