How to choose your rail pass
Choosing the correct Swiss Travel Pass for your holiday is important. If you are in Switzerland for a short duration, it would be best to have a pass covering your entire stay. This way you will be able to use the pass on a daily basis for intercity and local public transport as well.
If you are staying for a relatively longer period and are sure you will not be travelling everyday. , then you may want to consider the Swiss Travel Pass Flex so that you can use it only for your intended days of travel.
Basic steps to identifying your pass would be
What does the Swiss Travel Pass include
Your Swiss Travel Pass includes unlimited travel all the public boats, trains, trams and buses in 90 cities and towns in Switzerland. It also includes Free transport to some of the mountains and discounted travel on many others. The pass also allows Free entrance to over 500 museums in Switzerland.
Top free museums
The Switzerland Train pass allows Free entrance to almost 500 museums. Some of the more popular ones are the Open-air museum in Ballenberg, The Tinguely Museum in Basel, the Richard Wagner Museum in Lucerne and the Einstein Museum in Bern.
Free and Discounted attractions
The Swiss Travel Pass allows free travel to some really popular mountains. Travel to them for some amazing views over towns, lakes and nearby regions. Just show your Switzerland train pass at the base stations of these mountains and take the next available transport to the Peaks.
Free mountain excursions
Top discounted mountains
No visit to Switzerland is complete without visiting the most popular mountains. There are many mountains in each region that you can visit. Your Swiss Travel Pass will allow you to avail of discounted fares to reach these peaks either by train, funicular or cable cars.
Some of the most popular mountain excursions and the places that you can reach them from are as follows :
Free boat cruises
Your Switzerland Rail Pass also covers the transport on some of the most beautiful lakes in Switzerland. You just have to show your pass and hop on these cruises
There are also other lake cruises in Switzerland like the boat trip on the Rhine from Basel, on which you can use your Swiss Travel Pass and get a discount
How to use
The Swiss Travel Pass is super easy to use. Most passes are now electronic passes making it really easy. The Swiss Travel Pass is a pre validated pass. It is ready for travel once you have received and printed the same. The PDF file that you receive will have a code that train staff can scan from your smart phone. However, officially you need a printout too, which is why it is always good to carry an A4 sized printout of the pass with you at all times
Once your Switzerland Train Pass is valid, you can use it for the number of days you purchased it for. The time of start does not matter. The Swiss Travel Pass works on calendar days which means if you have purchased a 3 day continuous Swiss Travel Pass starting on the 5th of May, the pass will be valid till midnight on the 7th of May.
You do not need seat reservations for trains and buses in Switzerland. You can simply board with your Swiss Travel Pass. However there are exceptions like the panoramic trains like the Glacier Express which require a mandatory seat reservation at an extra cost. Seat reservations are not included in the pass.
If you are travelling to a mountain or using any other discounted service, you must keep in mind that one of your Swiss Travel Pass will be used that day. You will be requested to show your Swiss Train Pass and the purchased mountain voucher at the boarding point of such services
Physical and Electronic passes
The Swiss Travel Pass will most probably be an electronic pass. However there are certain passes which are still in physical format.
If you are using the physical form of the Switzerland Train Pass, you will be required to carry it with you at all times and show it to the checker on board the train, bus etc.. You must remember to take good care of these physical Train passes since there is no replacement or refund available for them in case of loss. The electronic Switzerland Rail Pass can be shown on your smart phone or as an A4 size print whenever requested for by the checker. Remember that you must also have your passport in hand incase it is asked for along with the Swiss Travel Pass.
Where is the Switzerland Travel Pass valid
Your Switzerland Travel Pass is valid throughout the country. Some of the most popular places that you can visit and stay at with your Swiss Train pass are
It is the industrial, financial, and cultural centre of the country and one of the most cosmopolitan and dynamic Swiss cities. Throughout the city centre, green space extends to the shores of Lake Zürich, which are lined by attractive public parks, and up to the slopes of Zürichberg.
Lucerne or Luzern as it is called, is divided into two parts by the Reuss River, which is crossed by seven bridges within the town. Lucerne has one of the most picturesque settings in Switzerland. The Spreuerbrücke (1407), which is now considered the oldest bridge, is roofed and decorated with 56 paintings including scenes from the Dance of Death from the early 17th century. Until its destruction by fire in 1993, the Kapellbrücke or the more popularly called Chapel Bridge, was the oldest bridge. The old town is distinguished by well-preserved 14th-century town walls with nine watchtowers, quaint alleys, and squares. It houses the old town hall, the historical museum, St. Peter’s Chapel, the Hofkirche, the Lion Monument and the Transport Museum.
Interlaken is a town in Central Switzerland in the Bernese Highlands. The town gets Its name from its position nestled between 2 lakes: Lake Brienz to the east and Thun to the west. It is one of Switzerland’s oldest and most frequented summer tourist resorts. The main attraction of this tiny town is its main avenue, the Höheweg, which is lined with numerous watch and jewellery shops, souvenir shops and hotels that range from modest hostels to luxury and boutique hotels. Interlaken commands a magnificent view of the Jungfrau to the south and is a starting point for many Alpine excursions. Closer to home it has the Harder Kulm which you can visit for a lovely snack and an amazing view over the town. Your Swiss Travel Pass allows you to travel on the buses and trains that connect this city and run between Interlaken ost (East) and West. Interlaken is also a perfect base if you want to stay for a few days and cover the rest of the country from there. In an around the town are other attractions like the Trummelbach falls, Giesbach Falls. The nearby towns of Thun, Brienz and Grindelwald are also a huge attraction. You can also take a boat cruise for free on the Lakes with your Swiss Travel Pass or else opt for the adrenaline pumping jet boat cruise (payable).
Zermatt, at the foothills of the mighty Matterhorn (14692 feet) is one of the most visited towns in Switzerland. It is a car free town and has only electric buses as public transport.It is as popular in summer as it is in winter. The town itself is at an elevation of 5,302 feet and commands some of the finest views in Switzerland and is also a popular centre for mountaineering and winter sports. Cableways are numerous, and the highest in Europe leads up the Klein-Matterhorn. Equipped with your Switzerland Train pass, you can visit one or more of the most popular mountain excursions: the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, the Gornergrat or the Rothorn Paradise. Your Swiss Travel pass allows you unlimited access on all of these peaks.
A town that offers it all, lakes, mountains and vineyards, Montreux offers a picture perfect landscape. It is the perfect base from which you can cover the full Geneva region including Geneva and Lausanne. Montreux and the nearby region has been immortalised by many celebrities. Freddy Mercury’s album cover for Made in Heaven is picturised here, Charlie Chaplin chose to spend the last 2 decades and more of his life in the region. Visit the Chillon Castle, walk the lake promenade, visit the casino and enjoy the unmatched beauty of this lakeside resort with your conveneient Swiss Travel pass. Take a boat cruise and reach Lausanne, visit the nearby cheese factory in Gruyeres or the buildings of the UN and the famous jet D’eau in Geneva. Your Switzerland Train Pass will allow you to get up close to all of the must-see places in the region
Lugano, the largest city in the Canton of Ticino is situated in the Southern Italian speaking belt.
Your Swiss Travel Pass allows you to travel on some of the most beautiful routes and trains that the country offers.
Sit back and prepare to be amazed!! You are aboard the Glacier Express, the slowest express train in the world!!
The panoramic journey on the Glacier Express through the Swiss Alps is one to remember. Start off in St. Moritz, the playground of the rich and famous and travel to Zermatt, the home to the world’s most photographed mountain, the Matterhorn.
This 8-hour journey takes you over 291 bridges and through 91 tunnels. Along with the eyes, feast your palate as well! Order the meal freshly prepared on board and served at your seat.
All you have to do now is learn more about the route through the Alps via headphone – making sure you don’t miss a single highlight.
To make the experience even more special, opt for the Glacier Express Excellence The new Excellence Class sets standards as high as the mountain peaks along the legendary route.
All you need to do to avail of this amazing journey is purchase a reservation for the segment needed and then use the same with your Switzerland Train pass
Go from snow- capped mountains to palm fringed lakes all in a day! Switzerland’s South is arguably the most stunning. It is also the melting pot of its various cultures and languages. Traverse through this enchanting wonderland of diverse landscapes through towns dotted with castles, lake rivieras and UNESCO World heritage sites on the unique Bernina Express journey via bus and train. Travel in Spring if you want to see the perfect combination of green valleys and lots of snow in the mountains. In winter, the section from St. Moritz to Tirano is especially worth it.
Book the most famous routes from St Moritz to Lugano via Tirano in Italy on this famous train and bus combination and make your holiday truly special
All you need to do to avail of this amazing journey is purchase a reservation for the segment needed and then use the same with your Switzerland Rail Pass
Average journey time: 4 hours
GOLDEN PASS LINE
A cross country journey like no other! The 3 train journeys that make up the amazing Golden Pass Line route takes you from the pristine Lake Geneva region, past the Bernese Oberland and into the historical heart of Switzerland. Taking off from Montreux say goodbye to the Mediterranean ambience and the views of Lake Geneva. In Zweisimmen, be prepared for a treat if you have booked early enough and are privileged enough to get the seats with the drivers eye view. Then sit back and relax on the Lucerne Interlaken Express which passes through amazing lake vistas and the Brunig pass before getting you into Lucerne
All you need to do to avail of this amazing journey is purchase a reservation for the segment needed and then use the same with your Switzerland Travel Pass
Why To Buy Swiss Travel Pass
FAQs On Swiss Travel Pass
Q1. What is a Swiss Travel Pass?
A Swiss Travel Pass is a pass that allows you to access unlimited travel on a train, bus, boat, and tram across Switzerland’s public transport and provides up to 50% discounts on excursions.
Q2. Where can I use my Swiss Travel Pass?
You can use your Swiss Travel Pass in the whole Swiss Travel System: in all trains, Post buses, ships, buses and even trams.
Q3. How Can I book my Swiss Pass ?
Just Call on +91 9826443300, We will book Passes for You.
Q4. How can I validate my Swiss Travel Pass?
Effective 1st September 2015, the Swiss Travel Pass is a pre validated & closed dated pass.
The traveller will need to provide their first day of use of the pass while making the booking. This date will be printed on the pass.
Travelers must carry a valid passport in order to travel with this rail pass.
Q5. What is an adult pass?
A person aged above 26 years has to purchase an adult Swiss Travel Pass.
Q6. What is a youth pass?
A person aged between 16-25 years can purchase a youth Swiss Travel Pass.
Q7. Are there family passes?
The Swiss travel system offers the Swiss family card. This card provides free travel for children under 16 years when travelling with atleast one parent.
Q8. What is the difference between a Consecutive-day pass and a Flexi pass?
A consecutive-day pass provides unlimited rail travel on all days for the chosen duration of the pass. This pass is preferred by those who wish to travel every day during their stay in Switzerland. A flexi pass is valid for a specific number of days which can be used consecutively or non-consecutively within a longer period. This pass is preferred by those who wish to travel only on certain days during their stay in Switzerland.
Q9. Till what age can children travel free on the Swiss transport system?
Children under 16 years of age accompanied by at least one parent can travel free on the Swiss travel system. Children travelling without parents can still avail of a 50% discount on the Swiss travel pass.
Q10. Is reservation on trains compulsory if I have a Swiss Travel Pass?
Swiss Travel Pass is valid on trains operated by SBB (Schweizerische BundesBahn), the national railway company of Switzerland. For domestic trains operated in Switzerland, seat reservations are not required. Exceptions are the special scenic trains such as Bernina Express, Glacier Express, Golden Pass and Wilhelm Tell Express. For these trains, a supplement and/or seat reservation is required for Swiss Travel Pass holders.
Q11. What is the cancellation charge if I am unable to use my Swiss Travel Pass?
Q12. Can Mountain excursions be bought along with the Swiss Travel Pass?
Yes, you can surely buy the mountain excursions online with the Swiss Travel Pass and benefit from upto 50% discounted rates. Once you have purchased your Swiss Travel Pass you can add the desired mountain excursions to your shopping cart and pay for all services at one go.