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Swiss Travel Pass.

Discover Switzerland with just a single ticket: the Swiss Travel Pass lets you travel by public transport to Switzerland’s most scenic regions.

The Swiss Travel Pass gives you unlimited travel by train, bus and boat, as well as many other advantages.

The advantages for you.

  • Unlimited travel by train, bus and boat
  • Unlimited travel on premium panorama trains (seat reservation fees and/or surcharges apply)
  • Unlimited use of public transport in more than 90 towns & cities
  • Free admission to more than  500 museums Link opens in new window.
  • Mountain excursions included: Rigi, Stanserhorn and Stoos
  • Discount of up to 50% on other mountain excursions
  • Discount of up to 50% on leisure travel offers

Please note.

  • The Swiss Travel Pass has been developed for guests from abroad. It is available to persons permanently resident outside Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein.
  • For online purchasing, purchase as a “guest”. You do not need a login.
  • To receive the Swiss Family Card directly, add the child as a passenger under ‘Add passengers’ when you buy your Swiss Travel Pass.
  • The Swiss Travel Pass / Swiss Half Fare Card / and the Family Card cannot be loaded onto a SwissPass card. You will not receive a customer number or an additional card.

Offers for adults aged 25 or over.

Choose 3, 4, 6, 8 or 15 consecutive days of travel.

Prices effective until 31.12.2024. Prices and product specifications subject to change.

Swiss Travel Pass Flex.

Valid on 3, 4, 6, 8 or 15 freely selectable days within one month.

Offers for young persons under 25.

The Swiss Travel Pass Youth gives young persons under 25 a 30% discount on the Swiss Travel Pass. It offers the same validity.

Swiss Travel Pass Youth.

Swiss travel pass flex youth., children aged between 6 and 16..

Children from their 6th up to their 16th birthday accompanied by at least one parent (holding a Swiss Travel System ticket) travel free of charge on train, bus, boat and mountain railway with the complimentary Swiss Family Card.

Children under 6.

Children under 6 years of age travel free of charge.

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Swiss Travel Pass 2024: What’s Included & What’s Not (& Is It Worth It)

By Author Jurga

Posted on Last updated: March 25, 2024

Swiss Travel Pass 2024: What’s Included & What’s Not (& Is It Worth It)

When planning a trip to Switzerland, you’ll likely see the Swiss Travel Pass mentioned everywhere.

But what exactly is the Swiss Travel Pass, what does it include, where can you buy it (hint – here ;)), and is it worth it?

We get so many questions from our readers about the Swiss Pass (and Swiss Pass Flex), which discounts it offers, and whether it covers some of the most popular destinations in the Swiss Alps. Many first-time visitors find it a bit confusing and I keep answering the same questions all over again…

So to save all of us some time, here is our complete guide to the Swiss Travel Pass. It should answer all your questions, give you a good overview of what exactly is included (and what is not), and help you decide whether it’s worth getting it for your trip.

READ ALSO: Switzerland Itinerary for First Trip

Red train in Swiss mountains in Jungfrau region Switzerland

What is the Swiss Travel Pass

The Swiss Travel Pass is a ticket for international visitors that includes unlimited travel on public transportation in Switzerland for a selected number of days. You can buy this pass for 3, 4, 6, 8, or 15 days of travel.

All the information is available on the official website of the Swiss Railways (SBB), but apparently, it’s still too confusing for many people (thus, this article).

TIP: You can also find the most important information in a nutshell and purchase the pass on GetYourGuide . We recommend this website for all tickets/tours/passes and we personally use it for all our trips, not just in Europe. It’s very simple to use.

Good to know: Traveling by train is the most convenient way to cover bigger distances in Switzerland and explore many of the nicest places in the country (not just cities, but also mountains). Furthermore, public transportation in Switzerland is very efficient and we sometimes joke that you can set your watch by how punctual the trains are. So for the majority of international visitors, it doesn’t even make sense to consider renting a car, and that’s what makes the Swiss Travel Pass so popular.

Below, you can find our explanation of what is and is not included with the Swiss Travel Pass, and how it differs from the Swiss Travel Pass Flex. Read on!

Red tram in Bern old town, Switzerland

Swiss Travel Pass vs. Swiss Travel Pass Flex

To make things a bit more confusing, there are two types of Swiss Pass: the regular one and the Flex Pass , which is 15% more expensive.

What’s the difference? Both these passes include exactly the same tickets and offer the same discounts (that differ depending on your age). The main difference is that the flex pass allows you to freely choose on which days you use it within its month-long validity, whereas the regular pass is valid on consecutive days (depending on which validity you choose, 3, 4, 6, 8, or 15 consecutive days).

So, for example, you are visiting Switzerland for 5 days and you plan on traveling by public transport daily during your entire stay. In that case, you can simply get a regular pass for 5 days.

On the other hand, if you are in Switzerland for a longer time, but will be visiting different regions and spending a few days in each before traveling further, then it’s better to get a flexible pass. That way, you can use it only on those days when you will be taking public transportation a lot. Further below, you can find a bit more information about how to use both these passes.

Important to know! This is where it starts to get confusing to foreigners visiting Switzerland for the first time because they think that they will be using public transport every day, also in the mountains. But there is a big difference between let’s say an inter-city train between Zurich and Geneva or a train that brings you to Gornergrat in Zermatt or Jungfraujoch in Berner Oberland.

!!! The majority of gondolas, funiculars, and mountain trains are not part of the Swiss public transport network (and thus not included with the Swiss Travel Pass). However, to make things yet a bit more confusing, there are a couple of exceptions here too. You can find more info below, but first – how much does it cost.

Lake Lucerne ferry boats are free with Swiss Travel Pass

How to use Swiss Travel Pass & Travel Pass Flex

For all passes , you can either print it on a white A4 paper or show an electronic version of the pass on your smartphone or tablet. You can also add it to your Apple Wallet, for example. Since the pass is issued in your name, you might be asked to show your ID as well.

Using the regular Swiss Travel Pass is pretty straightforward since it’s valid for a set number of consecutive days. You’ll simply have to show a printed or electronic version of the pass.

Using the Flex Pass is a bit more complex since you can choose the specific dates on which you will be using it. To avoid misunderstandings, you will have to activate the dates on which you want to use your pass online on this website . It’s important to activate the dates before your first journey, so e.g. you cannot do it when you are already on a train.

You will get all the information and clear instructions when you get the pass, so don’t worry about it too much in advance. Also, you can still adjust your chosen dates as long as you do it before midnight at the start of the day on which you want to use it.

Matterhorn Gotthard Train in Switzerland

How much does the Swiss Travel Pass cost in 2024?

The price of the Swiss Travel Pass depends on several factors: your age, the number of days, and whether you opt for a regular pass or flex. In addition, you can choose to travel in the 2nd Class or upgrade to 1st Class.

Additional discounts: Children under 6 are free of charge. Children from 6 to 16 travel free when accompanied by a paying parent (you need to order a ticket for them, but it’s free, and you will get the necessary instructions). Youth from 16 to 25 get almost 30% discount.

Here are the prices of the regular pass in Second Class in 2024 for adults:

3 DAYS: 244 CHF. 4 DAYS: 295 CHF. 6 DAYS: 379 CHF. 8 DAYS: 419 CHF. 15 DAYS: 459 CHF.

Good to know: Flex Pass costs 15% more and you’ll have to pay over 55% extra if you opt for First Class tickets.

As you can see, the longer the duration, the cheaper the price that you pay per day. If you just get it for 3 days, it costs you about 81 CHF per day, whereas if you get it for two weeks, it costs you just around 30 CHF per day – a huge difference!

Further below, you can find our observations on whether it’s worth getting the Swiss Travel Pass. But first, let’s take a look at what exactly is included.

Gornergrat scenic railway and the Matterhorn in Zermatt Switzerland

What is included with the Swiss Travel Pass

This is what IS INCLUDED with the Swiss Travel Pass:

  • Unlimited travel on trains, buses, and boats that belong to the public transport network. So all the inter-city trains as well as trams and buses in more than 90 towns and cities are included. Passenger ferries (not cruises) on Lake Lucerne or the lakes near Interlaken are included as well.
  • Unlimited travel on premium panorama trains (however, there might be extra fees for advance seat reservations). These include the famous Bernina Express, Glacier Express, Golden Pass Line, and a few other panoramic train routes.
  • Free entry to over 500 museums in Switzerland . You can find a complete list of all the museums here .
  • Free travel on the following mountain excursions : Mt Rigi, Stanserhorn, and Stoos. All of these are located close to Lucerne and are among our top recommendations for the best day trips from Lucerne .
  • Up to 50% discount on mountain excursions all over Switzerland. So you get a big discount on the majority of the cable cars, mountain trains, funiculars, etc. There are also discounts on certain lake cruises and similar.

Below, you can find a bit more info about what is not included with the Swiss Pass (but where you get a discount).

Stoos funicular in Switzerland

What is not included (but gives you a discount)

Because I get this question almost daily, here is once again an explanation of what IS NOT INCLUDED with the Swiss Travel Pass.

Mountain excursions are not included with the Swiss Travel Pass (with the exception of Mt Rigi, Stanserhorn, and Stoos as mentioned above), but you do get a discount on most of them. Under ‘mountain excursions’ they mean cable cars, gondolas, funiculars, cogwheel trains, trains to the mountain peaks, etc.

Here are a few examples of the most popular mountain excursions that our readers ask about and where the Swiss Pass does not include free travel, but gives you a discount:

  • Grindelwald-First cable car – 50% discount.
  • Mt Pilatus cable car and/or cogwheel train – 50% discount.
  • Mt Titlis gondolas – 50% discount.
  • Schynige Platte railway – 50% discount.
  • Oeschinensee cable car – 50% discount.
  • Gornergrat railway and Matterhorn Glacier Paradise gondolas – 50% discount.
  • Jungfraujoch – about 25% discount. Or about 40% if you only go to Kleine Scheidegg.

There are many other destinations in the Swiss Alps where you get similar discounts with the Swiss Travel Pass.

Also, most lake sightseeing cruises are not included, whereas regular, scheduled passenger ferries are included with the Swiss Travel Pass. So if you are taking a ferry that stops in various places, your pass will be valid, but if you want to take a scenic cruise on e.g. Lake Geneva or Lake Lucerne, you’ll have to pay for it.

Mt Titlis rotating gondola in Switzerland

Is the Swiss Travel Pass worth it?

One of the most frequently asked questions by our readers is whether it’s worth getting the Swiss Travel Pass. My answer is always the same – it depends. Here are a few examples:

If you are traveling around Switzerland for a longer time (6-10 days or more) and plan on visiting many different areas all over the country using public transportation, then the Swiss Travel Pass is definitely worth it. The pass gives even better value if you are traveling with children.

If, however, you are only coming for a few days, renting a car, and/or planning on staying in one region in the mountains (where this pass only gives you a discount and not free travel), then it’s usually not worth it. In that case, look for a regional card of the area that you are visiting.

Most likely, your trip includes a mix of destinations that you only visit for a day as well as others where you stay for several days. In that case, you can look up the prices of all the mountain excursions that you are planning to do, see how big the discount is with the Swiss Travel Pass, add the price of the pass itself, and then compare that versus the prices of individual tickets of all the transportation and places you plan to visit. (Good luck with the math! It’s doable, but you’ll need a lot of time and patience).

In most cases, the Swiss Travel Pass is worth it, especially if you are traveling for at least 6-8 days and are visiting multiple destinations in Switzerland. Plus, it saves you lots of time, research, and math. Another advantage is that you can just take the next suitable train, boat, etc. without having to waste time looking for tickets.

Furthermore, you can always opt for a Swiss Pass Flex that you only use on travel-intensive days. And then get a regional card to use on the other days, when you are staying in one area. The longer you stay in one place (typically, 3-4 days or longer), the better value you get with the regional cards.

A goat at Oeschinensee in Switzerland

Where can you buy the Swiss Travel Pass?

You can buy the Swiss Travel Pass online, at every major railway station in Switzerland (including Zurich or Geneva airports), and also at some tourist offices in the main cities.

We recommend getting it online in advance as it will save you time and stress (you’ll have enough to think about upon arrival as it is).

You can get the Swiss Pass on the official SBB website , but also via various online retailers, such as our GetYourGuide as mentioned before (our personal favorite one-stop shop for all tickets). The price is normally exactly the same everywhere and you get the same discounts for kids, etc.

At the moment of writing, GetYourGuide allows you to cancel for free up to 3 days in advance (and it’s really easy to cancel or amend your tickets). You can buy a regular Swiss Travel Pass here and a Swiss Travel Pass Flex – here .

In any case, it’s best to buy your tickets at least a few days before your trip. When you purchase a pass, you will receive detailed instructions on how to use it (or how to activate the individual travel dates if you opt for the Flexi Pass).

Mountain train near Wengen in Switzerland

So, this is our guide to the Swiss Travel Pass. I hope that it answers all your questions and helps you decide whether it’s worth it for your trip.

TIP: If you are planning your itinerary in Switzerland, check out our Switzerland travel page . It contains an overview of all our travel guides for a wide variety of destinations all over the country. We live in Belgium and Switzerland is just a half-day drive from home. So we visit Switzerland at least a few times a year – in summer as well as in winter. On our blog, you’ll find many detailed guides for all of our favorite places.

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Sunday 28th of April 2024

Hi, what's the difference between second class and first class and which do you recommend?

Monday 29th of April 2024

Hi Lan, there are a few benefits in the 1st class vs. 2nd. You have more space and more comfortable, adjustable seats on the train. First-class passengers can also sit on a higher deck on most boat trips. Some trains also have 'quiet zones' in the 1st class, but that's more interesting for business travelers who want to work during their journey. Hope this helps.

Saturday 30th of March 2024

Hi Jurga My wife and I will be traveling to Swizerland and planning to go thru several places from Zurich to Lucerne - Interlaken -Lauterbrunnen-Murren-Wengen-Gimmewald-Gridelwald and train to Milan.

Is the Swiss Pass a good option getting around for 10 days?

Thursday 4th of April 2024

@Jurga, Jurga, thank you very much for your response.

One more question: I read that the Bernese Oberalnd Pass better to use in my situation. What do you recommend between the two? Thank you.

Hi Robert, yes, if you are staying for 10 days and plan on using public transportation daily, a Swiss Pass definitely a good idea.

Sunday 24th of March 2024

Thanks. Good information. One question: If I buy a flex pass for, say, 6 days, but will be in Switzerland for 9 days and 8 nights, is the pass good for local busses, say in Bern or Zurich, on days I am not traveling between regions, without it counting as a full day of use?

Monday 25th of March 2024

@Jurga, thanks for the helpful answer. We'll buy two 8 day passes. Only 20 Francs more than the 6 day flex pass. Cheers!

Hi Bruce, I'm afraid that any use will count for that day (also museums, buses, etc.). With the flex pass, you will have to activate the dates on which you are using it online (you'll get the instructions when you get the pass) and if someone checks it on the day you didn't activate it for, you may get a fine. It might be simpler/cheaper to buy a local ticket if you need it for just one or two short rides on those days and keep your Swiss Pass for the days when you embark on the much more expensive journeys.

Sunday 3rd of March 2024

Thank you Jurga, for your Travel Pass explained, you saved my sanity! The official sites are good but not usually for a first-time visitor. Like how you explained one should board the N1 trolley and not the bus from Lucerne railway station to get to Kriens. Additionally, your guides to Lucerne and the various day trips from the picturesque city are very insightful. I am now confident with my decision to take the acclaim Swiss public transportation from Geneva to Lucerne in the spring for a girls' trip. Fingers crossed ;)

Monday 4th of March 2024

Glad to help, Jacqi. Have a great time in Switzerland!

John Altshuler

Tuesday 27th of February 2024

Most helpful discussion of the various Swiss passes I've seen so far.

Wednesday 28th of February 2024

Glad to help, John. Have a great time in Switzerland!

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Swiss Travel Pass FAQs: Helpful Answers for 2024

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The Swiss Travel Pass is designed for backpackers, city hoppers, families, and railway lovers. It offers a cost-effective way to travel across Switzerland by public transportation.

You’re probably wondering: How much does it cost? And are there any discounts? We often get these and many other questions about the Swiss Travel Pass.

Deciding whether the Swiss Travel Pass is right for you can be overwhelming. Our comprehensive overview of benefits could be a good starter. But first-timers will end up with many unanswered questions, still.

So, we decided to answer them once and for all. We've got you covered, from where to purchase the Swiss Travel Pass to its activation and available discounts to the refund policy. Whether you're a curious first-time visitor to Switzerland or want to plan a Swiss itinerary for your friends from abroad, keep reading for answers to the most common Swiss Travel Pass FAQs.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Swiss Travel Pass

Purchase and refunds.

The Swiss Travel Pass is valid for consecutive periods of 3, 4, 6, 8, or 15 days and must be activated within six months of the purchase date.

The Swiss Travel Pass can be purchased on the official SBB website, at SBB ticket offices and authorized resellers, or worldwide through online travel agencies such as RailEurope .

The Swiss Travel Pass is available for anyone with a permanent residence outside of Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein. This includes any foreign nationals and Swiss people with a permanent address abroad. It’s important that Swiss who live abroad can produce the following forms of identification while traveling on a Swiss Travel Pass: a Swiss passport, plus a residence permit, driving license, or residence certificate from abroad.

Yes, the Swiss Travel Pass offers discounts for children and teenagers up to 16 years. Youth from 16 up until their 25th birthday enjoy a 30% discount with the Swiss Travel Pass Youth. However, there are no discounted rates for senior citizens. Children up to 6 years travel for free on all Swiss public transport. From the age of 6 to 16, they travel for free with a parent who is a holder of a Swiss Travel Pass and a Swiss Family Card. The latter is a free add-on that can be requested at a train station or during the online purchase of a Swiss Travel Pass. On the SBB website, simply add the child as a passenger under “‘Add passengers” in order to receive the Swiss Family Card automatically.

The Swiss Travel Pass price does not vary between online outlets and ticket booths in Switzerland. But time is money, and purchasing it in advance may save you precious time during your trip. Simply skip the lines at the ticket office and hop onboard public transportation! You can buy the Swiss Travel Pass a maximum of 60 days before the day you want it for, right up to the day before travel.

You can secure your Swiss Travel Pass up to 11 months ahead , ensuring availability during peak seasons and potentially benefiting from early booking discounts. Early purchase also lets you focus on other trip planning aspects.

Yes, you can get a refund if the Swiss Travel Pass is returned to the vendor before you start using it. If you have already started your journey, you may get a partial refund if you provide proof of illness or injury, if you had to stop your trip unexpectedly, or if you have a confirmation from a railway office.

If you lose your Swiss Travel Pass, contact the Swiss Federal Railways as soon as possible by submitting a loss report . They can cancel the pass to prevent unauthorized use and issue a new one at a fee. However, If you lose your pass or it gets stolen, you cannot get a refund.

Unfortunately, travel passes can only be refunded if they are returned to the issuing office prior to the first day of validity. Generally speaking, you cannot change dates of an active pass.

The Swiss Travel Pass is available as a PDF attachment that can be downloaded to a mobile device. We recommended keeping a printed copy as a backup, just in case you run out of battery on your smartphone. Both paper and digital versions are accepted, but it is important to carry a photo ID each time you travel.

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Purchase the Swiss Travel Pass online at the most reputable vendor starting at CHF 244. You will receive an immediate email confirmation with a PDF ticket.

What the physical Swiss Travel Pass contains:

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How much does the Swiss Travel Pass cost in 2024?

As of January 1, 2024, the prices for the Swiss Travel Pass and Swiss Travel Pass Flex will increase an average of 5.9 percent compared to 2023. The prices for both passes will continue to be offered for 3, 4, 6, 8, and 15 days.

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What's the difference between the consecutive swiss travel pass and the swiss travel pass flex.

There are two types of Swiss Travel Passes: the consecutive Swiss Travel Pass. and the Swiss Travel Pass Flex. Both passes offer unlimited travel on the Swiss Travel System network, but there are some key differences between the two.

The consecutive Swiss Travel Pass is valid for a specified number of consecutive days , such as 3, 4, 8, or 15 days. You can use the pass for continuous travel within the specified days.

On the other hand, the Swiss Travel Pass Flex allows you to choose a certain number of non-consecutive days within one month.

For example, if you have a 15-day Flex pass, you can travel for 15 days within one month, but these days do not have to be consecutive. The Flex Pass is ideal for travelers who wish to have more flexibility in their itinerary and have the freedom to choose when and where to travel.

When choosing between the two passes, consider your travel itinerary, stay duration, and budget. If you plan to travel extensively around Switzerland and visit many museums, then the Swiss Travel Pass is a good option. However, the Swiss Travel Pass Flex is a better choice if you want more flexibility in your itinerary and have the freedom to choose when and where to travel.

Activation and logistics

The Swiss Travel Pass for consecutive days does not need to be activated. When you purchase your pass from an online travel agent, they send an email directly to your account. You will receive a PDF file containing a QR code the train staff can check and scan. You may also receive a link in the email that will allow you to add the code to any wallet app on your smartphone. Alternatively, you may print out the PDF on a sheet of paper. The pass is ready to be used if it contains information such as your start date, passenger name, and birth date. If you have purchased a consecutive ticket, you must fill in your start date during the check-out. Your pass will automatically be activated on that particular date and run for the preset number of days. Once in Switzerland, present the pass and your passport or ID to the conductor on board.

The Swiss Travel Pass Flex must be activated in Switzerland before each day of travel. There is a dedicated website where you have to enter your ticket reference number and name to validate the travel days.

A travel day on the Swiss Travel Pass Flex is based on the calendar day, allowing for travel within the validity period of the pass. However, remember that travel days are not calculated on a 24-hour basis, and the final day of validity ends at 5 AM on the following day.

The Swiss Travel Pass is unavailable for purchase by Swiss residents, as it is primarily marketed toward tourists visiting Switzerland. It is only available to those with a permanent residency outside of Switzerland or the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Swiss residents have other options, such as the Half Fare Card, the GA, or other regional passes that may suit their travel needs.

Swiss Travel Pass Electronic Ticket on a Smartphone

Benefits and perks

No, the Swiss Travel Pass does not guarantee a seat on a train. With a valid pass, you can board any train that has seats available, including trains such as the Glacier Express that explicitly require a seat reservation. Contact the conductor to make a seat reservation on the spot.

The Swiss Travel Pass covers most of the public transportation services in Switzerland. Some private transportation services may require an extra fee or reservation. Have a look at the area of validity map to see exactly which lines are included.

The Swiss Travel Pass offers free entry to over 500 museums and other attractions. Some special exhibitions and events may require an additional fee, even with the pass. Download a list of participating museums or read our suggestions for free Swiss Travel Pass museums to visit.

You bet. The Swiss Travel Pass is available in both the first and second classes. Make your choice during the check-out when you purchase the pass, but remember that you can pay the differential to first class if you ever decide to upgrade on the spot.

The Swiss Travel Pass allows unlimited travel on all trains, buses, and boats operated by the Swiss Federal Railways and other participating companies, including the famous Glacier Express and GoldenPass Express lines.

Yes, city transportation is a key benefit of the Swiss Travel Pass. It is valid for transportation to and from the airports in Zurich, Geneva, and Basel, as well as other airports in Switzerland.

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Is the Swiss Travel Pass the same as the Swiss Pass?

Good question! No, the two passes are not the same. Consider the Swiss Travel Pass a golden ticket for tourists, granting them access to various transportation options. Swiss Pass is the former name.

Today, the SwissPass is a chip card and digital account intended for Swiss residents. It lets them load annual public transport passes and other products onto an electronic card.

As a tourist, it's important to remember that the Swiss Travel Pass and SwissPass are two distinct products, each catering to different needs. Adding your Swiss Travel Pass to a SwissPass online account would be like trying to use a library card to buy groceries - it simply doesn't make sense.

Is the Swiss Travel Pass worth it?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as it will depend on your individual needs and preferences. The Swiss Travel Pass offers many benefits that can greatly enhance your travel experiences in Switzerland.

Key benefits include saving money on transportation, free access to museums, and the convenience of not purchasing individual tickets.

Read our dedicated post to find out: Is the Swiss Travel Pass worth it?

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We are traveling to Switzerland in July and our must do is the Glacier Express from Brig to Chur. If I purchase the Swiss travel pass that will get us on the train but then we need to purchase and actual seat, is that correct?

I’m still confused. Three of us are flying into Zurich staying one night. Going to Lucerne for two nights. Then going to Interlaken for two nights. Then traveling to Basel where we will board a Viking cruise. We hope to experience as many things as we can June 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 before we leave on the 28, 2024. Could you please advise what kind of pass we should purchase or should we pay as we go. Of course, we are trying to save as much money as we can. Also, where should we purchase and can we do this in advance? Thank you for your help. Marne Burr 964 Woodbridge Drive Madison, MS. 39110 6018706893 [email protected]

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Types of Swiss Travel Passes Explained (Guide to select right Swiss Travel Pass)

Updated: Oct 15, 2023

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Switzerland is the ultimate tressure for Travellers who love spending time with nature. Switzerland has a diverse range of experiences to offer for its visitors; from Hiking through the scenic Alpine Meadows to Swimming in its calm turquoise blue lakes, everything is equally magical. Switzerland also hosts the world’s best scenic mountain train Journeys, Unique cogwheel Train experiences, Gondola rides through the clouds, amazing boat rides through the lakes, etc.

Switzerland has a unique travel system that connects some of the most challenging destinations ever accessible to visitors. Therefore, traveling through Switzerland comes with a heavy price. To make travel affordable in Switzerland, the Swiss government has created the Swiss Travel Pass system which enables its visitors to Roam freely in the country for a limited Period of time at fixed prices. The Swiss Travel Pass is a time- and money-saving option that has been around for a while. It is the Swiss equivalent of the Eurail Pass. The Swiss Travel Pass allows you to travel at your own pace, without worrying about booking tickets in advance or paying extra fees. All you need to do is show your pass and hop on any train or bus!

There are different types of Swiss Travel Passes available in Switzerland and this article covers everything you need to know about them. From details about When to buy, their

validity to information on how to buy one and which pass is best for you.

So Let's dive right in.

Things to know before choosing Swiss Pass:

Before going into further details, there are a few things you should know before making any decision on buying a Swiss Travel pass.

1. Make your Itinerary ready before buying any Travel pass in Switzerland

If you have your itinerary ready, then it will be easier to choose the right travel pass for the right duration. Swiss travel passes vary from the region; therefore, it is imperative to define the itinerary before selecting any travel pass.

2. Find out ticket prices of Point-to-point ticket

Based on your itinerary, find out point-to-point ticket prices from SBB website for all trips included in your itinerary. It will be useful to make a comparison of point-to-point ticket prices and different Swiss travel passes.

3. Be choosy about the Mountain excursions

Mountain trains and cableways are costly in Switzerland. There are different types of passes available that cover mountain excursions of the dedicated area. You will exhaust your pockets in mountain excursions if you do not select the right Travel pass in Switzerland. Therefore, you need to plan which mountain excursions you are going to visit before buying any Swiss travel pass.

Types of Swiss Travel Passes:

Following are the main travel passes available in Switzerland. We will go into further details one by one: -

Swiss Travel Pass and Swiss Flex pass

Swiss Half fare Card

Bernese Oberland Regional Pass

Regional Pass Lake Genova-Alps

Jungfrau Travel Pass

Unlimited Jungfrau Summer Pass

1. Swiss Travel Pass and Swiss Flex Pass:

The cable car ride included in Swiss travel Pass

The Swiss travel pass is the most popular travel pass in Switzerland. It covers the entire area of the country for unlimited train, bus, and boat travel including public transport in the cities. This pass is available for 3, 4, 8, and 15 days consecutively. However, if you need a pass for Non-consecutive days, then you can go for a “Swiss travel Flex pass”. It is slightly costlier than a Swiss travel pass but it comes with the advantage of Non-consecutive days of your choice. Swiss travel pass mainly includes the following: -

Unlimited train, bus, and boat travel including public transport in the cities.

The Swiss travel pass is Valid for Fixed and consecutive days. Also, a Swiss flex pass is available for non-consecutive days of your choice.

Free entrance to more than 500 Museums

Includes mountain excursions of Rigi, Stanserhorn, Stoos, Brunni, and Klewenalp.

Up to 50% discount on most of the mountain excursions.

Also includes scenic train journeys such as Bernina Express, Gotthard Panorama Express, Glacier Express, etc.

Discounts on other regional passes for holders of the Swiss Travel Pass

Click here to know details on the validity of a Swiss travel pass

When to buy a Swiss Travel Pass?

The Answer is quite clear, a Swiss Travel pass is worth buying if you are planning to explore a large area of Switzerland mostly by trains, buses, and boats. However, a Swiss travel pass may not be a great deal if you are also planning to visit the mountains excursions that are not fully included in the Swiss travel pass. Swiss travel pass allows you to avail discounts on most mountain excursions. However, there are other types of passes available at the same or less price which fully cover different mountain excursions. In the following section, we will see it in detail.

Where to buy a Swiss Travel Pass?

Swiss Travel Pass can be purchased online or at the tourist offices of the airport or at the ticket offices in the train station.

Click Here to buy your Swiss Travel Pass Online.

2. Swiss Half fare Card

Swiss Travel Pass system

Swiss half-fare card allows you to book trains, buses, and boats at a 50% reduction in price. If you are planning for a long duration in Switzerland, then a Swiss half-fare card can be a deal for you. The key inclusions of the Swiss half-fare card are the following: -

Unlimited tickets for buses, trains, boats, and public transport in cities with a 50% reduction in price.

Up to 50% discount on most mountain Excursions.

50% discounts on other regional passes if clubbed with a Half fare card.

Click here for the detailed map for inclusions of the Swiss half-fare card.

Swiss half-fare card is valid for 1 month for tourists.

When to buy a Swiss half-fare card?

A Swiss halhalf-faref fare card costs around 120 CHF and is valid for 1 month. Therefore, if you are planning to stay in Switzerland for a longer period then this pass might save you a considerable amount of money. To find out if it’s worth buying a Swiss half-fare card, follow the instructions in the following steps:

Step 1: Check out the price of Point-to-Point tickets for your trip included in your Itinerary.

Step 2: Reduce the price by 50% (some Mountain excursions are available with a 25% discount with a Swiss half-fare card. Check here for detailed validity of the Swiss half-fare card) and add the price of Half fare card (i.e., CHF 120) in it to get the total amount.

Step 3: if you are holding a Half fare card, you are also offered discounts on other regional passes in Switzerland. Therefore, as per your Itinerary, check the prices of relevant regional passes of your use with the applicable discount (Around 35%) and add the price of the Half fare card (i.e., CHF 120) in it to get the total amount.

Step 3: Compare the prices of your overall journey considering step 1, step 2, and step 3 and go for the cheapest one. Usually, you will end up buying Half fare card.

Where to buy a Swiss half-fare card?

Swiss Half fare cards can be purchased online or at tourist offices at airports or at ticket booking offices at train stations.

Click Here to buy Swiss Half fare Card

3. Bernese Oberland Regional Pass:

Bernese Oberland Regional Pass. The type of Swiss travel Pass.

The Bernese Oberland Regional Pass is a Travel Pass dedicated to an entire area covering the Bernese Oberland region. This pass is a great deal for mountain lovers and hikers as it covers the majority of mountain excursions in the Bernese Oberland region. Some of the famous mountain excursions like Jungfraujoch Top and Schilthorn are available at discounted prices.

The key highlights of this pass are the following: -

Unlimited travel by trains, buses, and boats in the Bernese Oberland region.

Includes more than 25 cable cars and mountain railways. Some of the mountain excursions are available at discounted prices (such as Jungfraujoch top, Schilthorn, etc)

This pass is typically available for warmer days from April 1st till October 31st.

Available for 3, 4, 6, 8, and 10 consecutive days

Discounts and benefits on many leisure activities and museums

50% discounts on Holder of Swiss half fare card.

Click here for more on the area of validity of the Bernese Oberland Regional Pass

When to buy Bernese Oberland Regional Pass?

The answer is quite simple, as per your itinerary, if you are going to spend more time in the Bernese Oberland region then it’s always a great deal. The main advantage of this pass is you get free entry in around 25 cable cars and mountain trains which makes it worth buying. With Bernese Oberland pass, you can reach the closest point to Jungfraujoch called Eiger Glacier which is a starting point of some of the best hikes in Switzerland. Tickets to Jungraujoch top from Eiger Glacier are available at discounted prices for Holders of the Bernese Oberland Pass. This pass also covers mountain trains to Grindelwald First, Schynige Platte, Brienzer Rothorn, and many others.

Where to buy Bernese Oberland Regional Pass?

The Bernese Oberland regional pass can be purchased online or at tourist offices at airports or at ticket booking offices at train stations.

Click here to buy your regional pass for Bernese Oberland

4. Tell Pass

Tell Pass Applicable in Lake Lucerne area. The type of Swiss travel Pass.

Tell pass is a travel pass dedicated to the central Switzerland Region centered in the city of Lucerne. Tell Pass is the best and cheaper option to explore central Switzerland and the surrounding mountains.

The main highlights of this pass are the following: -

Unlimited travel by Trains, boats, buses, and aerial cableway within the Lake Lucerne region.

20% to 50% discounts on different activities offered by bonus partners including museums and different adventure activities.

Tell Pass is available for 2, 3, 4, 5, and 10 consecutive days.

Accompanying children can travel at a fixed price of 30 CHF.

Prices in winter are cheaper than in summer (summer tell pass is valid from April to October and winter tell pass is valid from November to March).

Click below for more on the area of validity of Tell pass during summer and winter seasons.

Tell Pass Validity in Summer

Tell Pass Validity in Winter

When to buy Tell Pass?

Tell Pass is worth buying if you are going to spend more time in the lake lucerne region since all modes of transport including mountain excursions in the region are fully covered with Tell Pass.

However, if your itinerary covers more parts of Switzerland and has limited mountain excursions in the Lucerne region then you may find Swiss travel pass a good deal since it includes some wonderful excursions in the Lucerne region (i.e. Rigi, Stanserhorn, Stoos, Brunni, and Klewenalp). It's all about comparing and finding the cheapest option. Your Itinerary plays an important role in selecting the right Pass.

Where to Buy Tell Pass?

Tell Pass can be purchased online or at tourist offices at airports or at ticket booking offices at train stations

Click here to Buy your Tell pass

5. Regional Pass Lake Geneva-Alps

Boat ride included in Lake Genova Regional Pass. The type of Swiss travel Pass

The regional pass of Lake Geneva is dedicated to the Genova region. It offers unlimited travel through buses, trains, boats, and mountain excursions.

The main highlights of the Lake Geneva-Alps regional pass are the following: -

Unlimited travel by Trains, boats, buses, and mountain excursions.

This pass is available for 5 and 7 days including the following: -

5 Days: Includes 2 days of unlimited travel + 50% Reduction of prices for the remaining 3 days

7 Days: Includes 3 days of unlimited travel + 50% Reduction of prices for the remaining 4 days

Price reduction for holders of Swiss travel pass

The offer is valid throughout the year.

Click here for more on the validity of Regional Pass Lake Geneva-Alps

When to buy Regional Pass Lake Geneva-Alps?

If you are going to spend more time in the Geneva region, then this pass will save a considerable amount of money for you. Additionally, if you are already holding a Swiss travel pass then you can also avail of discounted prices for this regional pass. Again, the key is your Itinerary. Compare the price and make a decision.

Where to Buy Regional Pass Lake Geneva-Alps?

You can buy this Regional Pass at the ticket office at the stations or at the landing stages. There are no options to purchase Regional Pass Lake Geneva-Alps online.

6. Jungfrau Travel Pass

Mountain train ride included in Top of Europe pass. The type of Swiss travel Pass

The Jungfrau Travel Pass is a travel pass dedicated to the Interlaken and Jungfraujoch area. Jungfrau Travel Pass is a replacement for the Top of Europe Pass which was valid in 2022. Top of Europe Pass has been discontinued from 2023. Jungfrau Travel Pass covers the majority of mountain Railways, trains, and buses in the Jungfrau area (means Interlaken, Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald, etc.). The advantage of the Jungfrau travel pass is the reduced price to reach Jungraujoch top from Eigergletscher. The discounted price for the return journey is usually 63 CHF, but during peak season from June, July, and August months, the discounted price is 75 CHF for the return journey.

The main highlights of the Top of Europe Pass are the following: -

Unlimited travel by trains, buses, mountain trains, and cableways within the area of validity, except Jungraujoch Top and Schilthorn. Tickets to Jungraujoch Top from Eigergletscher are available at a reduced price and tickets to Schilthorn are available at a 25% discount on the regular price.

The pass is valid for 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8 consecutive days.

The pass is valid within the area of Interlaken and Jungfraujoch. Click here for more on the area of validity for the Top of Europe Pass.

The Pass is available at a discounted price for holders of Swiss Travel pass and Swiss half fare card.

10% discounts in Top of Europe shops in the region.

When to Buy Jungfrau Travel Pass?

If you are spending more time in the Jungfraujoch area and planning to visit Jungfraujoch top, then this pass could save you some Money. However, if your Itinerary also includes some mountain excursions which are not within the area of validity of the Jungfrau Travel Pass, then you can probably go for the Regional Pass of Bernese Oberland (which also covers the entire area of Jungfrau Travel Pass with the only exception of a less discount for Jungfraujoch top). Again, it depends on your Itinerary. Compare and go for the cheapest option.

Where to Buy Jungfrau Travel Pass?

Jungfrau Travel Pass can be purchased online or at tourist offices at airports or at ticket booking offices at train stations.

Click here to buy Jungfrau Travel Pass

7. Unlimited Jungfrau Summer Pass

Unlimited Jungfrau Summer Pass is a new travel Pass introduced in 2023 that offers unlimited travel in the Jungfrau area including unlimited trips to Jungfraujoch Top. The Unlimited Jungfrau summer pass is the only travel pass available that includes unlimited trips to Jungfraujoch without any additional cost. Additionally, it also covers unlimited trips to Schilthorn.

Following are the main highlights of the Jungfrau Summer Pass:-

Unlimited travel by trains, buses, mountain trains, and cableways within the area of validity including Jungfraujoch and Schilthorn.

The pass is valid for the period from 07.04.2023 to 30.11.2023 for unlimited travel. Which means you can travel unlimited for more than 7 months.

The Pass is available at a fixed price of 499 CHF.

The discounted price for Holders of Swiss travel pass and Swiss half-fare card is 399 CHF.

When to buy Unlimited Jungfrau Summer Pass?

Jungfrau area has a relatively higher potential for Hikers and nature lovers than any other place in Switzerland. If you are not in hurry and are ready to spend more than 7 days in the Jungfrau area, then the Unlimited Jungfrau summer pass is only a great deal for you. usually, this is not the case for everyone. If you are visiting the Jungfrau area for less than 7 days, then it is better to buy Jungfrau Travel Pass or Bernese Oberland Regional Pass (whichever is cheaper as per your itinerary).

Where to Buy Unlimited Jungfrau Summer Pass?

You can directly purchase your Jungfrau Summer Pass offline at the Jungfrau Railway ticket offices. There is a possibility to make transactions online, but the physical pass needs to be picked up from Jungfrau Railway ticket offices. You need to present the reference number of your online transaction to the ticket counter to collect your pass.

Book your Jungfrau Summer Pass Online

Other types of Passes in Switzerland with a shorter area of validity:

Train ride included in Matterhorn peak Pass. The type of Swiss travel Pass

In addition to the passes listed above, there are many different types of passes available in Switzerland that are limited to one city or with a very shorter area of validity. You can buy such passes if you are vising only one city and its surrounding area. Some of these limited area validity passes are the following: -

Matterhorn Peak pass

St. Moritz and Pontresina Card

Arosa All-Inclusive card

Appenzeller Holiday card

Saastal Card

Kandersteg MagicBlue Pass

Chur Guest Card

Ticino Ticket

Montreux Riviera card

Interlaken Guest Card

Bern Ticket

Lucerne Visitor card

Geneva Transport card

Zurich card

Choosing the right Swiss travel pass is easy. The first thing you need to do is “Make your Itinerary ready before selecting any travel pass”. Once your itinerary is ready then make a comparison with the different passes we have covered in this article and then finally go for the cheapest option you reach.

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How to Use Swiss Trains and the Swiss Travel Pass

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Switzerland's rail system is among the most modern and efficient in Europe. It includes commuter trains, long-distance routes connecting Swiss cities and connecting Switzerland to the rest of Europe, and smaller trains that stop at quaint towns and villages. It also includes scenic trains that pass through stunning landscapes and mountain ranges, as well as cogwheel trains and funiculars that connect to high-altitude mountain towns. The broader Swiss public transport system is also comprised of buses, boats, and even some ski gondolas and cable cars.

Visitors to Switzerland who don't wish to rent a car will find that the Swiss travel system can take them just about anywhere in the country they want to go. We'll allow, however, that the system for planning and booking travel is not the most intuitive for first-time users—there's an extensive range of choices for tickets and travel passes, plus more than one site for purchasing. We'll help you make sense of it below.

Read on for a guide to using Swiss trains and other forms of transportation, plus information on whether the Swiss Travel Pass is the right deal for your journey to Switzerland.

Taking the Train in Switzerland

If you are only taking a few train trips in Switzerland, you can most likely get by with point-to-point tickets, as opposed to a travel pass. To buy these, you'll use the Swiss Federal Railways (abbreviated SBB) website. SBB runs regional (R, RE, and IR) trains throughout the country, as well as S-Bahn commuter trains and IC and ICN intercity trains. Regional trains are slower but stop at all or most stations, regardless of size. S-Bahn commuter trains offer frequent service between cities and their suburbs and may connect cities that are in relative proximity. Fast intercity trains stop at major towns but do not serve smaller municipalities.

Purchasing Tickets

The SBB website sells one-way or round-trip tickets between Swiss cities, as well as the City Ticket, which includes travel to a city—Bern, for example—plus a one-day travel pass for public transportation in that city. To use the site for a single trip, follow these steps:

  • Select a point-to-point ticket. Insert your point-to-point destinations, and select a date of travel up to two months in advance.
  • Select your preferred train time/route and enter passenger information. Options will appear, including the City Ticket and upgrades to First Class. On shorter train rides, you probably don't need to spend the extra money—30 percent or more—for the First Class coach, as Second Class on Swiss trains is comfortable and clean. First Class seats are larger and farther apart from one another, and the coaches are usually less crowded, which may be preferable on a longer trip. Note that when SBB initially calculates a fare, it does so with the assumption that you have the half-fare Travelcard, a discount card that must be purchased. Since you probably won't be traveling with this card (see more below), you have to select "No discount" in the discount cards field—and your ticket price will double as a result.
  • Complete your purchase with a credit card. You will be issued a voucher, which you can either print out or keep on your handheld device.
  • Persons with disabilities can, when searching for tickets, select "Barrier-free travel" from the pull-down menu labeled "Standard view" to see only trains that have wheelchair accessible carriages.
  • Supersaver tickets are available on select routes and times and can offer discounts of up to 70 percent.
  • Kids travel free. Children up to 16 years of age travel free with a parent, so long as that parent has a valid ticket. But you must pick up a Swiss Family Card before traveling—it's available at every station or point of sale.

If you've purchased your tickets online, you will not have a seat reservation, which is generally not required on domestic Swiss trains. Simply climb aboard a first- or second-class carriage, depending on your ticket class, and find a seat. Once the train is underway, a conductor will come by and scan your ticket. A digital sign inside each coach shows the next station, so you should have plenty of time to gather luggage and exit the train when it stops.

Each train seat or group of seats is fitted with an electrical outlet and may have a USB charger. Intercity trains may have restaurants with tableside service, or bars offering drinks and light snacks, including hot items. Long-distance intercity trains have a family coach as the first or last car—it's a kid-friendly coach with games and a soft play area.

If you prefer to purchase tickets in-person or on the same day of travel, you can do so at the SBB counter or office in any Swiss train station. For a surcharge, you can also reserve seats when you purchase, which is not possible online. Alternatively, if you can proceed without human assistance, you can buy tickets from SBB machines in all stations.

Other Forms of Transportation

Small towns and mountain locations not served by trains are connected with a series of cogwheel trains, funiculars, and cablecars, as well as buses run by PostBus, a subsidiary of Swiss Post. Across Switzerland's many lakes, tour boats and ferries carry leisure and commuter passengers. There are also a handful of famous scenic train rides in Switzerland which require special tickets and reserved seats.

  • Boat service on Swiss lakes is usually administered locally or regionally around the lake. In Zurich, for example, boat travel can be purchased from ZVV, the Zurich Transportation Network , which runs the city's buses, trams, trains, and boat services.
  • Cogwheel trains, funiculars, and cablecars are either run by the local/regional authority or by private entities—the latter, especially when they connect to ski resorts.
  • The Bernina Express and Glacier Express scenic mountain trains are run by the Rhaetian Railway service, but can also be purchased through the SBB website. Tickets for the Golden Pass train between Montreux and Lucerne can be bought on the Golden Pass website .
  • Bus tickets for buses run by PostBus can be purchased through the SBB site, which will automatically suggest bus travel when train travel is not available.

Swiss Travel Pass: What's Included & How Much It Costs

If you are planning to do a lot of traveling within Switzerland and want to try out its many forms of transportation, the Swiss Travel Pass may be worth the investment. The pass is available only to visitors from outside Switzerland and includes free travel on almost the entire network of trains, boats, cogwheels, funiculars, and more. Those not free with the pass are deeply discounted. The pass also includes free public transportation in more than 90 Swiss cities and towns and free admission to more than 500 museums across the country.

Swiss Travel Passes also allow for free travel for children, but as with regular rail passes, families need to pick up the Swiss Family Card before they initiate travel. The pass, while expensive, simplifies the travel process for visitors. If you prefer not to travel over three, four, eight, or 15 consecutive days, the Flex Pass allows for a set number of days of travel within 30 days and is well-suited to those planning a more extended stay in Switzerland.

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Swiss Travel Pass

The Matterhorn Gotthard Railway between Disentis and Andermatt.

The 'loetschberg' steamship is the flagship of the fleet on lake brienz in the bernese oberland., glacier express on the landwasser viaduct near filisur, can you issue print@home swiss travel system tickets.

The Swiss Travel Pass, the Swiss Travel Pass Flex and the Swiss Half-Fare Card can be issued as a print@home ticket / eTicket (you must print out the ticket).

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Who is eligible to purchase a Swiss Travel System Pass nor Ticket?

Swiss Travel System passes and tickets are available to anyone who is resident outside Switzerland or the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Are the tickets refundable?

In the case of loss or theft, it is not possible to refund tickets.

Please contact us directly if you are unable to travel due nto sickness or accident or if you would like to exchange your paper Swiss Travel System pass or ticket. An exchange is only possible before the date of departure and within working hours. Please note our opening hours if trying to contact us (Monday to Friday from 08:00-17:00 and Saturdays from 10:00-16:00).

Important: Print at Home Tickets are non-exchangeable, non-refundable.

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What is the swiss travel pass youth.

The Swiss Travel Pass Youth is valid for those aged 16-24 years on the first day of travel and offers a 15% reduction on nthe normal adult price. The Swiss Travel Pass Youth entitles you to all of the same benefits as the Swiss Travel Pass.

Which Museums are included in the Swiss Travel Pass?

The Swiss Travel Pass offers free entry to more than 500 Museums , including the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Château de Chillon and the Ballenberg Swiss Open-Air Museum.

How long is a Swiss Travel Pass valid for?

The Swiss Travel Pass is valid for 3, 4, 8 or 15 consecutive days in 1st or 2nd class.

Where is the Swiss Travel Pass valid?

The Swiss Travel Pass is valid on the whole boat, rail and Postbus network in Switzerland, as shown here .

Which mountain excursions are included?

Trips up to Stoos, Brunni, Klewenalp, Stanserhorn and Rigi are included in the Pass. A 50% reduction is offered on most other mountain and cableways (Gornergrat, Titlis, etc).

Is the Swiss Travel Pass valid on Swiss Panoramic Railways?

Your ticket price is included in the Swiss Travel Pass but seat reservations are compulsory and a supplement must be paid non most routes. It is possible to pay for a class upgrade if you have a 2nd class Pass but would like to travel in 1st class non one of these services.

Are there any further inclusions?

The Swiss Travel Pass also offers free entry to more than 500 museums throughout Switzerland.

What is the Swiss Travel Pass Flex?

The Swiss Travel Pass Flex is valid for 3, 4, 8 or 15 days of your choosing in 1st or 2nd class within one month. On listed travel days, pass holders are entitled to all of the same additional benefits as the Swiss Travel Pass. Please note however, that on the days between specified travel days, additional benefits, such as 50% discounts and museum entries, are not valid.

Swiss Family Card

What is a swiss family card.

A Swiss Family Card allows children aged 6-15 years to travel free of charge when accompanied by a parent.

How can I get a Swiss Family Card?

A Swiss Family Card can be issued free of charge when at least one parent is travelling using a Swiss Travel System Pass.

What about children under 6?

Children aged 0-5 years travel free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult.

Swiss Half Fare Card

What is the difference between the swiss half fare card and the swiss travel pass.

The Swiss Half Fare Card entitles you to 50% discount on the whole boat, rail and Postbus network in Switzerland. An additional ticket is needed if you wish to use public transport with the cities. Please ensure that you show your Swiss Half Fare Card together with any additional tickets if you are subject to an inspection at any time.

Will I get a discount on mountain railways or museum entrances?

Most mountain railways honour the 50% discount offered by your Swiss Half Fare Card. There is no reduction on museum entrances.

How long is the Swiss Half Fare Card valid for?

The Swiss Half Fare Card is valid for one month. It is not possible to extend this period. Please be aware that the reduction offered can sometimes be less than 50% due to reserved minimum pricing (eg. short journeys, city transport networks).

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How to Buy, Activate and Use the Swiss Travel Pass

The Swiss Travel Pass is an all-in-one transport pass that makes it easier and more affordable to travel around Switzerland, where the public transport system is renowned for its efficiency. 

Also sometimes referred to as the Swisspass, Swiss Train Pass or Swiss Pass, the pass is valid for various durations.

It even gives holders access to discounted travel on many mountain railways and cable cars as well as trains, buses and boats. 

Now you have decided to purchase the Swiss Travel Pass, where do you buy it? When and how can you activate it? And how do you actually use the Swiss Travel Pass? 

In this guide we cover everything you need to know before setting off on your travels around the incredible country of Switzerland. 

From how to buy the Swiss Travel Pass and whether or not your type of pass needs activating to how to use your pass on the go, this article covers it all. 

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Where to buy the Swiss Travel Pass

Let’s get started by taking a look at where you should buy your pass. 

First, you need to decide whether to purchase a regular Swiss Travel Pass (for travel on consecutive days) or a Swiss Travel Pass Flex. The differences are explained in > this article.

Then it’s super simple to purchase a Swiss Travel Pass. I recommend you buy the pass via GetYour Guide , an authorised reseller of Travel Switzerland.

What’s great about using GetYourGuide is that they offer full refunds on many products, including the Swiss Travel Pass, if you cancel up to 24 hours before use. 

Consecutive Day Swiss Travel Pass Prices

Swiss Travel Pass Flex Prices

How to buy your Swiss Travel Pass step-by-step

The GetYourGuide site is also really user-friendly. After clicking the link to purchase your pass ( this link for the consecutive day pass and this link for the Flex pass ), the first step is to choose how many adults, youths (aged 16 to 25) and children (aged 6 to 15) are travelling. 

This can be done directly beneath ‘About this activity’. Kids aged 5 or under don’t need a ticket or a pass, as they travel for free.

Instructions for purchasing a Swiss Travel Pass online

Next, select the start date you want: you can skip through months here by clicking the arrow on the top right.

Then, when you have selected the date you will first use your pass, click on ‘Check availability’. 

Instructions for purchasing a Swiss Travel Pass online

Now you can choose the pass you’d like to buy.

Instructions for purchasing a Swiss Travel Pass online

Add the pass you want to your cart. 

Instructions for purchasing a Swiss Travel Pass online

📍 I recommend double checking at this point that you have selected the right class of travel and duration. 

Then click ‘Checkout’. 

Next it’s just a case of adding your billing details as with any online purchase. 

You’ll also be asked to complete the full names and dates of birth for each traveller. Make sure these match your passports exactly to prevent any problems later on. 

Instructions for purchasing a Swiss Travel Pass online

How you’ll get your Swiss Travel Pass

Once you have made your purchase, when and how is your pass delivered? 

The Swiss Travel Pass (for travel on consecutive days) will be emailed to the address you provided in the booking process, and will come in the form of a PDF attachment which can be downloaded to your mobile device.

Example of a Swiss Travel Pass in PDF format.

I highly recommend printing a paper copy of this as a back-up, though you can simply present the mobile version when using transport in Switzerland. 

While both paper and digital versions of the pass are accepted, your phone could suddenly run out of battery and then you’d have no way of proving you have a pass! 

You should also carry your passport or another form of photo ID each time you travel. 

> Click here to buy your Swiss Travel Pass

How you’ll get your Swiss Travel Pass Flex

If you purchase a Swiss Travel Pass Flex, you will receive a purchase receipt and a voucher by email.

The voucher is NOT valid for travel.

Each day you wish you travel you should activate your pass (see the instructions below). By doing this, you will receive a valid ticket for travel on that date.

Example of Swiss Travel Pass Flex purchase receipt.

> Click here to buy your Swiss Travel Pass Flex.

When and how to activate the Swiss Travel Pass

There is often confusion about whether or not a Swiss Travel Pass has to be activated. The answer varies according to the type of pass you’ve bought so follow the instructions below to learn how to activate your Swiss Travel Pass.

Activating your Swiss Travel Pass (consecutive days)

The regular, consecutive days Swiss Travel Pass does not need to be activated. All you need to do is show it to the ticket inspector when requested.

Activating your Swiss Travel Pass Flex

The Swiss Travel Pass Flex, however, must be activated in advance and before each day that you use the pass. You can do this via Activate Your Pass here .

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Your pass should be activated before your first trip, and you’ll need to enter your reference number as well as your full name and date of birth. 

For every travel date you activate, a valid ticket will be generated. This e-ticket can then be seen at activateyourpass.com . You can show this e-ticket to the ticket inspector on your phone or tablet, or use a printed copy. 

What if your plans change along the way? 

If you have already activated a travel date that you want to change, the Swiss Travel Pass allows you to change these as much as you want to until the start of each validity period.

The validity period commences at 23:59. Once the clock hits midnight, you can no longer change or deactivate this particular ticket. 

For example, if you have activated your Swiss Travel Pass Flex to be used on 17 July and you no longer wish to use your pass that day, you can change the date of travel until 23:59 on 16 July.

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How to use the Swiss Travel Pass

So now let’s cover how to use the Swiss Travel Pass Flex or consecutive-days pass. 

When travelling with a Swiss Travel Pass – either consecutive days or Flex, you simply board the train and sit wherever you wish in the correct carriage for your class of travel. 

The only exception to this is when travelling on the Bernina Express or Glacier Express, which we cover below.

When requested by the ticket inspector, simply present your Swiss Travel Pass.  You may also be asked to present some photo ID, such as your passport to verify that you are the pass holder.

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Using the Swiss Travel Pass on panoramic trains

The Bernina Express and Glacier Express , two of Switzerland’s most famous premium panoramic trains, are the only Swiss trains on which reserving a seat is compulsory.

The actual ticket price of the journey on these trains is covered by the Swiss Travel Pass but seat reservation fees are compulsory and should be purchased online well in advance of your travel date.

Seat reservations for the Bernina Express can be purchased here and Glacier Express seat reservations can be purchased here .

On all other panoramic trains* – Luzern – Interlaken Express, GoldenPass Line and Gotthard Panorama Express – seat reservations are not required. Simply board the train and sit anywhere in the correct carriage for your class of your travel.

*Note that the Gotthard Panorama Express only offers 1st class train travel. If you hold a 2nd class Swiss Travel Pass or Swiss Travel Pass Flex you must pay a class upgrade for this journey.

Additionally there is a compulsory supplement of CHF 16 for each passenger that travels on the Gotthard Panorama Express. > Purchase class upgrades and the compulsory supplement here .

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Using the Swiss Travel Pass on buses, boats and mountain transport

Don’t forget that Swiss Travel Pass holders can also use boats, buses and some mountain transport services. Even when this isn’t the case, you may qualify for a generous discount as a pass holder. 

When boarding boats and buses, simply show your Swiss Travel Pass when you enter.  For free (where applicable) or discounted travel on cable cars, funiculars and mountain railways, present your pass at the ticket counter.

Selected museums also allow pass holders to enter for free. Just show your Pass at the ticket counter.

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Travelling beyond the Swiss border with a Swiss Travel Pass

When travelling to an area beyond that covered by the pass – such as into another country – you’ll need to buy a ticket for that sector. This will apply, for example, to journeys into France, Italy, Germany or Austria. 

International tickets are generally not available for purchase on the Swiss Railways website or app so we recommend buying them from the railway of the country concerned.

The Swiss Travel Pass covers travel as far as the major rail border points of Basel and Le Chatelard-Frontiere on the French border, Chiasso on the Italian border, Konstanz on the border with Germany and St. Margrethen on the Austrian border.

Some postal bus services within Liechtenstein and Austria are also covered by the Swiss Travel Pass.

You can view a map of the Area of Validity of the Swiss Travel Pass > here .

The SwissPass app 

Is there a Swiss Travel Pass app? No, there isn’t.  

Many travellers notice a reference to the SwissPass on the SBB Mobile app however this refers to a digital travel account for residents only. 

A SwissPass account is for Swiss citizens only, not tourists, and is a separate product that uses a chip and pin card.

The Swiss Travel Pass doesn’t have to be added to an app. All you need is to be able to show the ticket inspector a paper or digital copy, and photo ID if requested.

The excellent SBB Mobile app ( which we explain here ) can be used for checking timetables but it is not necessary (or possible) to connect your Swiss Travel Pass to the app.

Another app that is useful is the Swiss Travel Guide app which has an integrated map and timetable and points out more than 500 Swiss highlights.

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Buying, activating and using the Swiss Travel Pass summary

The Swiss Travel Pass allows you to use the clean, fast and efficient public transport system in Switzerland. It can be used on trams, buses and boats as well as trains, and can save you a lot of time and money. Exclusive free entry to museums and generous discounts can also apply. 

Buying your pass is easy, and purchasing it through our preferred supplier means you won’t even lose money if your plans change, as long as you cancel 24 hours before the start date. 

Only the Swiss Travel Pass Flex requires activation, which is easy to do via this link . 

Once you have your chosen pass, I recommend taking a paper copy as well as the digital version as back-up. Also carry your passport or other photo ID in case it’s requested. 

Unless you want to travel on the popular scenic Swiss train routes, seat reservations are not normally required. 

Wherever your Swiss Travel Pass takes you, I’m sure you’ll fall in love with beautiful Switzerland and will want to return time and time again!

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How to Buy, Activate and Use the Swiss Travel Pass – Summary

Now that you have read this guide, you can confidently buy, activate (if necessary) and use your Swiss Travel Pass.

This all-in-one transport pass is the perfect hop on hop off ticket for travelling in Switzerland.

🇨🇭 Ready to buy yours? > Click here to buy the Swiss Travel Pass and > Click here to buy the Swiss Travel Pass Flex .

If you’re still unsure whether the pass is the best value for your trip, we answer the question Is the Swiss Travel Pass worth it? here .

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Swiss Travel Pass – All You Need To Know (2024 Guide)

Are you planning a trip to Switzerland? The Swiss Travel Pass is a fantastic way to get around the country and save money on transportation, museums, and mountain excursions.

It may not be 100% clear how the Swiss Travel Pass works at first and, with all the inclusions, you may be confused about what it offers.

In this guide, I’ll fill you in on all the details of how to use your Swiss Travel Pass, what’s included, and much more so you can focus on enjoying every moment of your journey.

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QUICK ANSWERS: SWISS TRAVEL PASS

Before I dive into the main topic of the Travel Pass, here are some quick answers to the most frequently asked questions from first-time visitors.

WHAT IS THE SWISS TRAVEL PASS?

The Swiss Travel Pass is a convenient and affordable way to discover Switzerland.

It provides unlimited access to Switzerland’s public transportation, including trains, buses, and boats.

Also, it provides free admission and discounts to more than 500 museums and attractions.

Plus, with the Swiss Rail Pass, you can get up to 50% off mountain excursions to explore Switzerland’s scenic routes.

From bracing mountain hikes to peaceful rail journeys – you will enjoy picturesque landscapes hassle-free aboard most mountain railways, like the Glacier Express.

Lastly, it offers great flexibility since you can pick up passes for different durations – 3, 4, 8, or 15 days – consecutively or not.

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IS THE SWISS TRAVEL PASS WORTH IT?

Yes! Without a doubt, the Swiss Pass is definitely worth it.

Not only will it get you unlimited travel free with all types of public transport, but you can also enjoy discounts and free entry to museums, scenic spots, and more.

It’s a very convenient way to save money while exploring the diverse cultures and magnificent landscapes that the country has to offer.

So if you’re looking for an efficient and cost-effective way to make the most out of your trip to Switzerland, then the Swiss Travel Pass is a great start!

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SWISS TRAVEL PASS PRICE

The price depends on the type of pass you’re getting and if you choose the consecutive days or the flexible option.

It starts at 232 CHF ($253 USD) but can get higher than that, and the prices for flexible tickets are slightly more expensive.

Before the prices, let me add that children aged 15 and less do not pay, they get the Switzerland Travel Pass for free.

Here’s an overview of the Swiss Pass cost:

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE SWISS TRAVEL PASS?

See below for all the benefits and inclusions of the Swiss Pass:

  • Free entrance to over 500 museums
  • Unlimited travel by train, bus, and boat in over 90 cities
  • Travel on panorama trains (seat reservation fees and supplements are excluded)
  • Included mountain excursions: Rigi, Stanserhorn, Brunni, and Stoos
  • Up to 50% discount on many other mountain excursions.

Despite Switzerland being one of the most expensive countries in the world , when getting the Swiss Travel Pass, everything gets much cheaper as a traveler.

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SWISS RAIL PASSES

We always refer to it as the “Swiss Travel Pass” – however, there are 4 different types of Switzerland pass you can get, all for different prices and benefits:

SWISS TRAVEL PASS

The first pass is the regular Swiss Travel Pass, which is a Switzerland travel card and gives you unlimited access to trains, buses, and boats that cover all corners of the landlocked country.

You’ll even get travel discounts on museums, cable cars, and free mountain excursions. In short, it’s an easy way to get more bang for your buck when traveling Switzerland .

With the regular pass, you can get all the above for 3, 4, 6, 8, or 15 consecutive days.

SWISS TRAVEL PASS FLEX

The Flex Pass , compared to the continuous Swiss Pass mentioned above, gives you a chance to use it on different days.

This is particularly great if you plan on walking around Zurich for a couple of days or going to Lauterbrunnen and don’t plan on using it.

For instance, if you get the 3-day flex pass and travel from January 10th to January 15th, you can choose to activate your pass on the 11th, 12th, and 14th only, which gives you a lot more convenience.

Just like the regular pass, you get unlimited train rides, buses, and boats, as well as discounts on cable cars and mountain excursions throughout the country.

While it’s a little more expensive, I recommend getting the Flex Pass if you don’t plan to use transportation or visit museums every single day.

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SWISS HALF-FARE CARD

If you want to travel around Switzerland in an affordable and convenient way, a Swiss Half-Fare Card is exactly what you need.

For a much cheaper price, you’ll get unlimited 50% discounts on the entire Swiss rail, bus, and boat network.

In addition, you still get 50% off on popular mountain excursions.

All in all, it’s a great pass that allows you to save money on the Swiss travel system and is especially great if you don’t plan on taking the train or bus every single day.

Note that children travel free in Switzerland, so the discounts only apply to adults and young adults aged 16 years old and more.

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SWISS COUPON PASS

The last type of pass you can get is the “Coupon Pass,” also called the Swiss Family Card.

It provides 2-for-1 offers and up to 50% off at restaurants, city tours, museums and attractions, as well as trains and boats.

All in all, it adds up to over 4,500 CHF worth of savings if you use it extensively.

That being said, while it is advantageous, it’s nowhere near as beneficial as the other Swiss Rail Passes listed above.

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WHICH SWISS TRAVEL PASS SHOULD YOU BUY

All in all, the Swiss Travel Pass and the Swiss Travel Pass Flex are the best options for anyone looking to explore Switzerland.

Both allow you unlimited access to public transportation including trains, buses, trams, and some boats, as well as discounts on various attractions and museums.

The Swiss Rail Pass is valid for consecutive days, while the Flex version allows more freedom with flexible travel days within the selected period.

So if you’re looking to get around Switzerland without breaking the bank, these are the ticket options for you!

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HOW TO USE THE SWISS TRAVEL PASS

Using the pass is as easy as it gets in every possible way.

First of all, purchase the travel pass, select your travel dates and the options – consecutive or flexible pass – and then fill in the short form with a valid travel document.

After purchasing it, you’ll receive a PDF document by email with a QR code. Once in Switzerland, you can then show the QR code to the train, bus, or boat staff.

I recommend taking a screenshot of the QR code and saving it on your phone. Alternatively, you can add it to your Apple Wallet or Google Wallet for more convenience.

HOW THE DAYS ON THE SWISS RAIL PASS WORK

Your Swiss Rail Pass becomes active on the day you selected upon purchase.

So if you purchased a 3-day pass for February 15th, you’ll be able to use it from 12.00 AM that day (midnight).

Then you’ll be able to use public transportation on the 15th, 16th, and 17th.

Note that the pass works until 5.00 am the day after the expiry date to allow you to travel during the night if needed.

SWISS TRAVEL PASS – FAQ

Does the swiss train pass cover all of switzerland.

Yes, the travel pass covers all of Switzerland and you can use public transport everywhere in the country – trains, buses, trams, boats, and even some mountain railways.

No matter where you plan to go in Switzerland, the Swiss Travel Pass has got you covered to travel cheaply.

IS IT CHEAPER TO BUY THE SWISS PASS IN ADVANCE?

The price always remains the same regardless of how early or late you purchase it. For this reason, you can take your time buying it.

That being said, it’s important to note that these passes are non-refundable and non-exchangeable, so make sure it is the right decision before buying.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE SWISS TRAVEL PASS?

With the Swiss Pass, you basically get the keys to the country.

Public transportation is free and unlimited (trains, premium panoramic trains, boats, buses), and the entrance to over 500 museums and attractions are included too.

On top of that, most mountain excursions and cable car networks are discounted by 50%, giving you endless benefits.

With all these benefits, there is no reason why your next trip to Switzerland shouldn’t be an unforgettable one!

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE SWISS TRAVEL PASS?

While you get endless benefits and inclusions with the Switzerland Travel Pass, not everything is included.

The following isn’t included and has to be paid separately:

  • Hotel rooms
  • Private taxis
  • Seat reservations
  • Food and drinks at restaurants
  • Special cruises like dinner cruises

That said, you still get access to many other benefits like free ticket discounts and transportation options, which definitely make the trip more affordable.

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IS THERE A DISCOUNT FOR SENIORS?

No, unfortunately, there are no discounts for seniors.

However, the Swiss train pass is cheaper for those from 16 to 24 years old, and children younger than 16 years old travel for free.

WHICH MOUNTAIN EXCURSIONS ARE INCLUDED?

The included mountain excursions are Rigi, Stanserhorn, Brunni, and Stoos.

And while the others aren’t included, you get a 50% discount on most of the other mountain excursions, which is a bargain!

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SWISS HALF-FARE CARD VS SWISS TRAVEL PASS

Both passes offer travelers amazing savings and access to various public transport options throughout Switzerland, but there are key differences.

The Swiss Half Fare Pass allows you to get half-price fares on all Swiss travel system services, with discounts on some private rail lines and mountain railways as well.

The Swiss Travel Pass offers free travel on all public transport for up to 15 days of consecutive use. It also provides discounts on select mountain railway lines and museums.

The more adventurous traveler who plans on seeing most of the sights is likely better off with a Swiss Travel Pass.

On the other hand, those who want to take it easy and explore only the main cities are probably better off going with the half-fare card.

Whichever one you decide is best for you, both are sure to help make your next visit to Switzerland much more enjoyable and affordable.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

I hope you found this article useful and if you have any questions about the Swiss Travel Pass, the Swiss Flex Pass, or any other Switzerland train passes, please drop me a comment below this post and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

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The Swiss Travel Pass & Zermatt: All You Need to Know

Switzerland can be an expensive country to travel round, but we are big fans of the ‘Swiss Travel Pass’ for visitors to Zermatt.

With one of the best rail networks in the world, it makes sense to travel by train to Zermatt and the ‘Swiss Travel Pass’ can help make it a bit more affordable.

In this article by Zermatt specialists, Matterhorn Chalets , we look at all the key questions you need to know about the Swiss Travel Pass.

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A ‘ Swiss Travel Pass’ gives visitors to the country unlimited travel across the Swiss travel system for a continuous period of 3, 4, 8 or 15 days.

There is another variation, known as the ‘Swiss Travel Pass Flex’ which offers unlimited travel on flexible days (rather than on consecutive days).

It’s also available for either 3, 4, 8 or 15 travel days, but across an overall period of a month. 

A 3-day Swiss Travel Pass costs GBP211 and an 8-day pass GBP354 (as at March 2023). You can check all the current prices at their website

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A second class return ticket from Zurich to Zermatt typically costs CHF118. From Geneva it’s slightly less at CHF98.

However, if you want to break your journey over several days and spend more time in Switzerland, or you plan to take advantage of the discounts offered in Zermatt (see below), then a Swiss Travel Pass is likely to be a better option.

The ‘Swiss Travel Pass Flex’ is typically a better choice than the regular ‘Swiss Travel Pass’ if you’re plan to stay put between journeys (say if you are coming to Zermatt for a week).

The Swiss Travel Pass Youth ticket means that young people under 26 can claim a 15% discount on the pass.

Children under 16 do not need a ticket at all, and travel for free as long as they are travelling with an adult who has a valid ticket.

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The way the Swiss Travel Pass works is that you either download it to your phone, or with a physical copy, simply sign your ticket before starting your first journey.

You then have to show it the ticket inspector together with your passport or identity card when asked.

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The obvious inclusions are that you qualify for unlimited free travel on all the train, bus and ferry routes around Switzerland.

If that wasn’t enough holders are also eligible for a 50% discount on other routes (shown in the map below as dotted red, yellow or black lines)

In addition, also included are discounts on certain mountain railways and lifts (see below for more Zermatt-specific info).

It can be useful for any stays in Switzerland as users are eligible for unlimited use of public transport in more than 90 towns and cities around this country, and free entry to more than 500 museums.

There are additional discounts for Swiss Travel Pass holders in Zermatt. These include a 50% reduction on the Gornergrat railway , Klein Matterhorn Glacier Paradise 3S lift , Sunegga funicular and Rothorn cable car.

Remember that all these lifts are included in a regular Zermatt lift pass, if you are buying one of these to go skiing, and that the bus service around Zermatt is already free for all lift pass holders.

Access to Zermatt’s excellent museum is also free for holders of the Swiss Travel Pass.

However, if you’re planning to come to Zermatt for a short trip, or for our many non-ski activities , then these discounts represent an extra bonus from the Swiss Travel Pass.

Please note that these discounts can change at any time. For the latest offers, please check the Swiss Travel Pass website .

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You can buy the Swiss Travel Pass online at their website .

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Matterhorn Chalets can help you find the right accommodation for you in Zermatt, whether you’re looking for  self-catered apartments ,  hotel  or a more  traditional chalet .

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Guests who have booked their accommodation in Zermatt with Matterhorn Chalets can use our concierge service to book their transfers, restaurants, lift passes and lessons. Simply  contact Ed or Suzanne  for more details on +41 79 247 15 88

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Buy your Swiss Travel Pass and discover the most beautiful corners of Switzerland by public transport. Choose the most coveted Rail Pass for visitors from abroad and take advantage of  unlimited travel  in Switzerland by train, bus, boat during  3, 4, 6, 8 or 15 consecutive days .

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In addition to unlimited access to Swiss public transport, you get the following benefits:

  • Up to 50% discount on most mountain railways such as Gornergrat, Pilatus, Jungfraujoch. Exception: Rigi, Stanserhorn and Stoos are free. More information on this detailed map of validity .
  • Free entrance to over 500 museums
  • Free Swiss Family Card for families - Children up to their 16th birthday accompanied by at least one parent travel free of charge throughout Switzerland.
  • For the panoramic trains, an additional seat reservation is required. 

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Free admission to more than 500 museums with the Swiss Travel Pass.

Dusty showcases are a thing of the past – Switzerland offers chocolate factories, show dairies, medieval fortresses and castles, interactive sports exhibitions and natural spectacles. Best of all: If you hold a Swiss Travel Pass, the Swiss Museum Pass is included and grants you free admission to more than 500 of these museums so rich in variety.

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The top 10 museums

You are already holding a Swiss Travel Pass? Then benefit from free admission to more than 500 museums on your selected travel days – unlimitedly. Whether art, culture, sports or history: The following ten galeries, castles and sites are particularly popular with Swiss Travel Pass holders. Just show your Swiss Travel Pass at the entrance and plunge in!

Chillon Castle at Montreux

Chillon Castle is located on a rock on the banks of Lake Geneva. The water castle is the most visited historic building in Switzerland. For nearly four centuries Chillon was the residence and profitable toll station of the Counts of Savoy.

Matterhorn Museum in Zermatt

Under the village square, the museum makes a world of powerful pictures and incredible stories come alive with the staged archeological excavation “Zermatlantis“.

Swiss National Museum in Zurich

The National Museum in Zurich presents Swiss history from its beginnings to the present day in the permanent exhibitions "Archaeology Switzerland", "History Switzerland" and "The Collection", as well as several temporary exhibitions each year.

Glacier Garden in Lucerne

On Central Switzerland’s mountain terrain, the oldest in the world, the landscape literally lies at your feet. Lucerne’s Glacier Garden allows you to glimpse through a window into the history of the Earth. In the rocky underworld, you can embark on a journey through time and discover amazing things about stone and history. The garden also has a museum and a maze of mirrors to explore.

Olympic Museum in Lausanne

To experience the Olympics at close quarters and feel the Olympic spirit the way the athletes felt it, to study the history of the Games from antiquity to today - thanks to the latest computer technology and audiovisual media, all of this can be accomplished in the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.

Collegiate Library

St. Gallen's Abbey precinct with its magnificent baroque cathedral is a unique historic ensemble. The Abbey library is one of the world's oldest and loveliest libraries.

Castle of Gruyères

Dating back to the 13th century, the castle is now a museum covering eight centuries of regional architecture, history and culture, and sits amidst a wonderfully scenic panorama. The Gruyères region is also steeped in legends: You’ll soon be familiar with La Belle Luce, John the Cripple, the jester Chalamala and the heroic women of Gruyères who used their goats as weapons.

Thun Castle

The medieval castle above the town of Thun is a striking focal point at the entrance to the Bernese Oberland region. This almost completely preserved symbol of power contains the Knights' Hall, one of the few surviving halls of its type from the Middle Ages.

La Maison du Gruyère

Le Gruyère AOP cheese is produced in ample quantities. 29'000 tons of the hard cheese are made annually. It bears the registered trademark AOP (indicating its origin). There is a modern show dairy that produces Le Gruyère AOP cheese, the "La Maison du Gruyère".

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Jungfraujoch & Swiss Travel Pass

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Do you have the Swiss Travel Pass and want to head up to the Top of Europe – Jungfraujoch? This page has all the information you need.

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Is Jungfraujoch Included in the Swiss Travel Pass?

No, the Swiss Travel Pass does not include a trip to the Jungfraujoch railway station. You do, however, get a significant discount on travel to the Top of Europe.

The Swiss Travel Pass includes free travel to both Grindelwald and Wengen . So, you only have to pay for the ticket to Jungfraujoch from there. Normally you will receive around a 25% discount on a trip to the Jungfraujoch from either Wengen or Grindelwald.

If you travel from further afield, the discount will appear greater than 25% because the ticket price includes the “free” portion to those two towns.

Jungfraujoch Ticket Price with a Swiss Travel Pass

Even if you have a Swiss Travel Pass the Jungfraujoch ticket prices vary depending on the season. Prices are higher in the high season, between 1st June – 31st August. The shoulder seasons are cheaper again, with the cheapest tickets of all being between 1st November – 10th December.

So, for example, a Jungfraujoch ticket from Grindelwald Terminal with a Swiss Travel Pass costs:

  • 123 CHF in November

Tickets are a few francs more expensive from Grindelwald town or Wengen.

Of course, if you want to visit Jungfraujoch for any reason, whether it is the epic views of the Aletsch glacier, the Snow Fun Park, or just being amongst the highest mountains in Switzerland, then any price is worth the experience.

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What To Know About Amtrak's USA Rail Pass

  • Save money on domestic travel with the USA Rail Pass at under $500 for cross-country hopping over 30 days.
  • For cheaper vacations, consider riding the train from coast-to-coast and enjoy scenic views along the way.
  • Ride Portland to Chicago in coach for $499 with amazing countryside views; no need for sleeper car or roomette upgrades.

Traveling during the summer can be expensive. Whether the travel is domestic or international, the majority of the costs for many is the mode of transportation it takes to get to the vacation destination. Travelers may put off their plans simply because the transportation costs cannot be justified in the overall cost of the trip.

For those who have plans to travel domestically, a great option to consider is the train. This is because there are routes that are not only state-specific but cover getting from one coast to the other while offering affordable fares for scenic train rides . While standard tickets can be fairly expensive, there is a better option to save some money that many travelers may not be aware of: Amtrak's USA Rail Pass has a surprising benefit for cross-country travelers.

By taking advantage of the USA Rail Pass, passengers will not only be able to get to their desired location for one low cost, just like the savings seen with the California Rail Pass , but they can sit back and enjoy the countryside that passes by while doing so.

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What is the usa rail pass, the usa rail pass allows passengers to travel 10 segments of amtrak railways for a low price of $499.00.

The USA Rail Pass offered by Amtrak is a pass that allows for 10 segments on the train to be traveled within 30 days of the first leg being ridden and travel must be started within 120 days of purchase. By buying the USA Rail Pass for one low fee, passengers can travel throughout the nation from one stop to the next, until a desired location is reached.

Most of the Amtrak trains accept the USA Rail Pass. However, there are a few exceptions. Those exceptions include:

  • Maple Leaf (Canadian stations only)
  • Thruway Bus Series 7000-7999

When booking a trip, the tickets that passengers need to look for are regular, sale, or value fares. Flex fares are not included in the price of the USA Rail Pass, which costs $499.00. However, for those who like a good bargain, there are times during the year when the passes can be purchased for $299.00 .

As soon as you buy the USA Rail Pass, you can build an itinerary. What many do not know is that the pass will allow them to travel from the West Coast to Chicago for the cost of the pass. By doing this, passengers will not only save themselves money, but they will get to relax on the way to the Windy City.

  • Start looking for sale prices of the USA Rail Pass in January

Cheap Amtrak Tickets Can Be Yours This Summer If You Follow This ONE Trick

Passengers can ride from portland to chicago with the usa rail pass, the ride from portland to chicago uses only one segment of the 10 segments purchased with the usa rail pass.

For those passengers who choose to take the train from Portland to Chicago using the USA Rail Pass, they should know that the journey will take about 46 hours to complete . This might seem arduous to some and may not be worth saving several hundreds of dollars.

But when the price of the scenic Amtrak sleeper train journey vacation from Portland to Chicago is priced, and the fares start at $1,799.00 per person, passengers see just what a deal they are getting by using the USA Rail Pass to make their way from the West Coast to the Midwest. Granted, this includes stops and overnight stays in hotels in some instances, but the price is significantly different.

What is great about the Portland to Chicago route is that it is only one segment. This one segment allows for views of Glacier National Park and some of the most beautiful countryside in the US.

Additionally, given that this is only one segment being used on the pass, there are still nine more segments that can be used with the pass over the 30 days after the trip has been taken. Passengers can take the train to any number of stops, which could be Washington, DC, New Orleans, North Carolina, and more.

It is entirely possible to see a good portion of the US with the USA Rail Pass by planning the segments appropriately. This does mean longer train rides with no breaks. But to get from the Pacific Northwest to Chicago and any number of places from there is worth the cost of the pass for many and may mean the difference between domestic travel over the summer or having to stay home.

  • For those who cannot travel for 46 hours on the train, consider making the trip two segments and traveling the mileage over the course of two days

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Cross-country travel with the usa rail pass means riding coach, riding from portland to chicago means saving money but riding in coach for the 40-plus hour-long train ride.

There is one caveat for those who choose to use the USA Rail Pass to ride from Portland to Chicago. That warning is that there are not any sleeper car or roomette amenities on the train available. This means that for the 40-plus hour trip across the country, passengers will be riding in their coach seats .

With that being said, the coach seats do recline. Between this and some pre-planning, like sleeping masks and earplugs, passengers may be able to have both a comfortable and convenient train trip while getting some decent sleep. Many have said that their sleep is not the best during this leg of the journey, however.

If passengers want to have access to Business Class or have a sleeping car, this will be a purchase outside the USA Rail Pass. There are no upgrade options available. When this is done, however, it may make travel costs prohibitive to some, whereas with the pass, each segment can cost between $30.00 to $50.00 per segment, depending on the price the USA Rail Pass was secured at.

It is very possible to see the entire nation for a low price of under $500.00 for transportation. Given the price of gas and the cost of airfare, this may be the most affordable way to get around the US this summer so that hard-earned money can be spent on vacation fun instead.

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