Travelling within Switzerland is costly if you are not driving, and depends heavily on public transport. We will be covering on all the essential information that is required to know for the tourist Swiss Travel Pass before you head to Switzerland.
Swiss Travel Pass
Getting the Swiss Travel Pass gives you unlimited access to the Swiss train network, including the Glacier Express, Golden Pass Line, Bernina Express, and others. You don’t have to queue to purchase tickets at the stations, plus you can enjoy discount or free museum admission, boat rides, and other perks.
Residing outside Switzerland and Liechtenstein for more than 6 months.
Where to buy the pass?
KKDAYS (*Consecutive Only*)
Swiss Travel Pass Fee?
What are the Benefits of the Swiss Travel Pass?
- 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.
- Mountain excursions included: Rigi, Schilthorn, Stanserhorn and Stoos
- Up to 50% discount on many other mountain excursions
- Up to 30 % discount on SBB RailAway offers. Available at all ticket counters within Switzerland
- Children from the age of 6 up to their 16th birthday accompanied by at least one parent (holding a Swiss Travel System ticket) travel free of charge with the complimentary Swiss Family Card
- Children under 6 years of age who are accompanied by a holder of a valid STS ticket travel free of charge
- The Swiss Travel Pass, Swiss Travel Pass Youth and Swiss Half Fare Card are available as print at home version
What are the Types of Swiss Travel Passes for tourist?
- Swiss Travel Pass (Consecutive)
- Swiss Travel Pass (Flexible)
- Swiss Half fare card
What did we buy?
We bought the 1st class Swiss Travel Pass for 8 days (Consecutive) even though we were there for only 7 days. After discussing we felt that 1st class would be of a better option for our trip. We were lucky that we got our ticket cheaper than usual as there were discount sales from Klook for all Europe Rail Pass.
What are the benefits of getting the 1st class Swiss travel pass?
- 1st class is least crowded and you always get to have a seat.
- Seats are wider with more leg space.
- Most of the time the 1st class cabin is quiet.
- Ample space to put luggage.
Hook for your coat and socket port to charge your phone.
1st class deck for the Golden Trip Ticket.
1st Class Cabin Interior
Most of the train looks like this:
3 seats per row
Luggage space available only at some train and it is located at the end of each cabin.
The newer type of train, LD double-decker, with Low-floor entry.
More space to keep the luggage
2nd Class Cabin Interior
The place to park your bicycle
4 seats per row
The newer type of train, lower-floor entry.
When the luggage space is fully occupied, you will have to bring it with you.
The Swiss Half Fare Card that entitles passenger to purchase tickets for train, bus, boat, and a few mountain railways at 50% discount within one month.
Purchase upon arrival
Visit the Rail ticket counter at the Zurich Airport (Zürich Flughafen) Station to purchase your Swiss Travel Pass.
If you are looking for a short distance rail ticket it can be purchased from the automated machine.
Our experience with Swiss Travel Pass
It was a great experience and paying more for the 1st class was a good choice we have made. Train attendants were friendly and helpful, the swiss travel pass was activated immediately and we don’t need to do anything when we arrive Switzerland, just board the train and that is all you need to do. We enjoyed our journey around Switzerland with the comfortable cabin and seat. Everything was great except that there are not enough luggage space available for the train from Zurich International Airport to the city, and it might be even worst for the 2nd class passengers.
Print a few copies of your Swiss Travel Pass, in case you lost it OR if you are unable to retrieve your Swiss Travel Pass online.
1) Can I use the Swiss Travel Pass for the local buses?
Yes, you can board any of the local buses in Switzerland.
Boarding from either door is fine. During our whole trip, we were not asked to show our pass. However, it still depends on each individual experience.
2) Are train reservations required?
Reservation is not necessary for nearly all the regular swiss train with Swiss Travel Pass. However, designated scenic routes, for instance, Glacier Express, Golden Pass Line, etc and some international train do require paid seat reservations.
You can find more information here.
3) Do I need to activate my Swiss Travel Pass?
No, you do not need to activate your Swiss Travel Pass, as once you have received the Swiss travel pass it will be validated. However, do note that your pass is valid from midnight from the first day of validity until 05:00 on the following morning on the last day of validity.
4) How to enter the train stations?
There is no ticket gantry in Switzerland, you can enter the train platform to board your train. For public transport in Switzerland, it operates on the Trust-Based System. The train conductor will be walking through the cabins to check on the rail ticket or Swiss Travel Pass. Always get your Rail ticket/Swiss Travel Pass and passport ready when you are on the train.
Once you purchase your one-day ticket or point to point ticket, you are to validate the ticket at the orange machine in front of the entrance of the train station.
5) Where can I check the train timing and route?
You can check train times & fares and buy tickets for any journey in Switzerland at the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) website or download the app.
Otherwise, you can try and visit omio.com.
6) I am carrying large luggage will it be difficult to board the train?
Most of the train in Switzerland require you to climb the steps. It will be a difficult task if you are carrying heavy and large luggage.
7) Is there a toilet on the train?
Yes, most of the train does have a toilet at the end of each cabin.
8) Can I eat or drink on the train?
Yes, you can eat and drink on trains in Switzerland. For longer distance train, there is a Bistro cabin where you can get some nice hot meal and even a glass of wine.
9) Are dogs allowed to board the train?
You can travel with your dog, for small dogs of up to 30 centimetres shoulder height in a suitable carrier such as a cage, basket or bag will be taken as a “hand luggage” and will be able to travel free of charge. For dogs of any size travelling in passenger’s carriages must always pay a second-class half fare or the stipulated minimum fare (1-day travelpass for dogs, GA travelcard for dogs) if there is one. The 1-day-travelpass for dogs can be used in 1st and 2nd class.
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