Swiss Travel Pass

Rail Pass Switzerland

  • Best seller: Swiss Travel Pass Consecutive - 4 days
  • Valid on all public transport in Switzerland (train, bus and boat)
  • Cheaper than multiple single-journey tickets
  • Also valid on the Glacier Express and Bernina Express
  • Free travel on public transport in 75 towns and cities
  • Free admission to more than 490 museums
  • Children up to 15 years travel for free
  • Most passes are available as e-tickets
  • Best price - If you find it cheaper we pay the difference. No credit card fee, no booking fee

Swiss Travel Pass - What is included?

Swiss Travel Pass: 

  • Valid on all public transport in Switzerland (train, bus and boat)
  • Free travel on most panoramic routes
  • Children under age 16 travel free of charge when accompanied by at least one parent or legal guardian
  • Free travel on public transport in 75 towns and cities*
  • Free admission to more than 490 museums* 
  • Valid on the Glacier Express (seat reservation required, order
  • Valid on the Bernina Express (seat reservation required, order
  • Valid on the Golden Pass Line (reservation recommended, order)  
  • Valid on the Gotthard Panorama Express (reservation recommended, order)  

*For the Regional Passes, Swiss Half Fare Card and Swiss Transfer Ticket apply different conditions 

The Swiss Travel Pass is also valid on some trains and buses outside Switzerland: 

  • Martigny-Chamonix (France)
  • Iselle-Domodossola (Italy)
  • Locarno-Domodossola (Italy)
  • Bus Lugano-Tirano (Italy)
  • Bus Lugano-Chiavenna (Italy)-St Moritz

Mountain trains 

Cable cars

  • Free travel on the cableway from Kräbel to Rigi Scheidegg
  • Free travel on the cable car from Mürren to Schilthorn
  • Free travel on the cable car from Stechelberg to Mürren
  • Free travel on the cable car from Stans to Stanserhorn
  • 50% Discount on the cable car from Betten to Bettmerhorn
  • 50% Discount on the cable car from Fiesch to Eggishorn
  • 50% Discount on the cable car from Zermatt to Klein Matterhorn
  • 50% Discount on the gondola from Saas-fee to Mittelallalin
  • 50% Discount on the cable car from Engelberg to Mount Titlis

Boats

  • Free boat trips Lake Brienz
  • Free boat trips on Lake Geneva
  • Free boat trips on Lake Lucerne
  • Free boat trips on Lake Thun
  • Free boat trips on Lake Zurich
  • Free boat trip from Vitznau or Weggis (Rigi area)
  • 50% Discount: boat trip on the river Rhine from Basel

Validity map

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Swiss Travel Pass - Map Panoramic Routes

Swiss Travel Pass - Reservations

Free Seating

For almost all Swiss trains it's not necessary to book a seat reservation, even when it's possible. Reservations for domestic Intercity-, EuroCity- and ICE-trains can be ordered in advance and cost €4,50 p.p, but it's not common: most domestic travelers are used to just get into the train and pick a free seat. Even at rush hour it's usually no issue to find a free seat.


Compulsary reservations

For some panorama routes seat reservations are compulsary or highly recommended.

Reservations are compulsory for the panoramic Glacier Express (ca. €31) and Bernina Express (ca. €13). You can order the reservations yourself through the site of DB Bahn or send us a request and we do it for you 

Reservations are not compulsory but recommended for the Golden Pass-train from Montreux to Zweisimmen and Interlaken to Lucerne (ca. €5 per train)

 

History 

The Swiss Travel Pass used to be called Swiss Pass, but after a big name change a couple of years ago the all-in-one rail pass for Switzerland is now called Swiss Travel Pass . 

In the past there were special Saver offers if you travelled with two travelers or more (the so called Swiss Rail Pass 2 for 1 offer), but with the introduction of the Swiss Travel Pass that offer was discontinued.  

Swiss Travel Pass - Scenic Routes

Order Supplements and Reservations 

You can order almost all reservations and supplements in combination with your Swiss Travel Pass. 

Bernina Railway Chur-Tirano

Famous railroad over the Albula and Bernina passes (UNESCO World Heritage). From Chur the train winds its way up along the Rhine and Albula rivers, passing the famous Landwasser Viaduct and several rail spirals before arriving in the beatiful Engadin Valley. The trains continues over the more than 2253-meter-high Bernina Pass into Italy. Free travel with the Swiss Travel Pass (seat reservation required)

Brienzer Rothorn 

Small steam train with open coaches, impressive view, spectacular train ride. 

CabriO Stanserhorn 

Cabrio cableway! You travel on the roof of a big gondola (it's also possible to travel the "normal" way, inside the gondola) 

Cheese Train

Winter excursion. Travel between Montreux and Chateau d’Oex in the Lake Geneva region. Visit to a large cheesemaker and a museum. Swiss fondue included! 

Chocolate Train 

Runs between Montreux and the Cailler-Nestlé chocolate factory at Broc. Pullman coaches from 1915, travel in style. Fondue, wine and chocolate included. 

Glacier Express - Zermatt-St. Moritz 

The slowest Intercity in the world. Breathtaking route through the Alps. Stylish train with panoramic windows. Peaceful, calm, rich; a true Swiss experience. Free travel with the Swiss Travel Pass (seat reservation required)

Gotthard Panorama Express

Historic panorama route from Lucerne to Lugano. The first part is by boat to Fluelen, afterwards through loop tunnels crossing high mountains passes to Bellinzola and Lugano. 

Harder Kulm Interlaken

Very steep funicular form Interlaken to the local mountain, Harder Kulm. 

Lotschberg Mountain Express and Centovalli 

Century old mountain route between Bern and Brig. Centovalli train: passes in 50km 83 bridges and viaducts. 

Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

Cableway to the highest mountain station in Europe at 3883 meters. Impressive views to the largest glaciers in the Alps and the highest peaks, like the Mont Blanc. 

Rochers-de-Naye Mountain Railway

Travel by rack railway from Montreux to the Rochers de Naye mountain summit. Enjoy the views over the mountains and Lake Geneva. 50% discount with the Swiss Travel Pass. 

Rigi Railway

Cross Lake Lucerne by historic ship to Vitznau, take the historic Rigi rack railway to Rigi Kulm and enjoy the wonderful views over Lake Lucerne and the surrounding mountains. Return by rack railway to Arth Goldau and take the train back to Lucerne. Free travel with the Swiss Travel Pass. 

Gornergrat 

Steep train ride from Zermatt to the Gornergrat at 3089m nearby the Matterhorn. 50% discount with the Swiss Travel Pass. 

Golden Pass

Beautiful train ride from Lucerne to Montreux via Interlaken. Included with the Swiss Travel Pass. Free travel with the Swiss Travel Pass (reservation recommended) 

Jungfraujoch 

Small trains around Interlaken, Wengen and Lauterbrunnen. Beautiful views of the Mönch, Eiger and Jungfrau. The Jungfraujochbahn climbs from Wengen to (almost) the top of the Jungfrau. The trains to Wengen en Lauterbrunnen are included with the Swiss Travel Pass. 25% discount from Wengen to the Junfraujoch . 

Pilatus

Steepest cog wheel in the world. Nearby Lucerne. Breathtaking views on the top of the Pilatus. Included with the Swiss Travel Pass.  

Voralpen Express

Panoramic route - Not through high mountains, but passing tranquil hills and old villages. Something completely else, but also very beautiful. 

 

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Swiss Travel Pass - How does the Swiss Travel Pass work?

The Swiss Travel Pass is very easy to use: just get on board of your train, bus or boat and show your pass to the ticket inspector. There is no need to validate the Swiss Travel Pass in advance. 

If you've bought a Swiss Travel Pass Flex just fill in the travel dates on the pass itself - use a pencil. 

Swiss Travel Pass - Swiss Family Card

Children until 15 years

Children until 15 years travel for free! Order the Swiss Family Card by selecting "kids" in the dropdown in the left corner of the price table and add the passes to your cart. You can pay all selected passes at once.  

Swiss Travel Pass - Which pass should you order?

Calculate your best option 

1. General info: 

2. Do you want to travel 3 days or more? 

=> Yes - Do you want to travel on consecutive days? 

  • => Yes: if you want to travel on scenic trains like the Glacier Express and Bernina Express or on mountains trains like the trains to Wengen and/or travel more than 2 hours per day, the Swiss Travel Pass Consecutive is in most cases the best option.
    Sometimes the Swiss Half Fare Card could be cheaper, mainly if you travel short distances each day and avoid the Glacier Express and/or you want to travel to the Jungfraujoch which is not included in the Swiss Travel Pass 

  • => No: consider the Swiss Travel Pass Flex if want to travel long distances and/or take the Bernina Express and/or the Glacier Express and/or the Gotthard Panorama Express. If you travel short distances each day and avoid the Glacier Express and/or consider traveling to the Jungraujoch the Swiss Half Fare Card might be the best option. 

=> No - Do you want a return ticket from your departure station in Switzerland (i.e. Zurich Airport, Geneve Airport, Basel SBB) to your final destination? 

  • Yes => If your return journey is over 4-5 hours in total the Swiss Transfer Ticket is very probably the best option. Otherwise it's best to buy point-to-point tickets

  • No => Do you travel more than 6-8 hours in total and/or want to take mountain trains like the Jungfraujoch and/or the Glacier Express and/or the Bernina Express? 
    • Yes: the Swiss Half Fare Card or even the Swiss Travel Pass for 3 Consecutive Days seems to be the best option for you. 
    • No: it's probably best to stick to point-to-point-tickets. 

Swiss Travel Pass - Hotels near the station

Selection - Hotels nearby stations

Basel - Hotel Schweizerhof*** 
Quality hotel next to the main station Basel SBB; very high ratings 

Bern - B&B Am Paviljon*** 
Building from 1888; 300 meters from train station; very good value 

Brig - Hotel Ambassador**** 
Family owned, classic Swiss hotel, 200 meters from the station

Chur - ABC Quality Hotel**** 
Modern, personal and next to station; walking distance to the historic centre

Davos - Das Hotel Davos****
Train station across the street, cable car 200 meters: reasonable priced (for Davos) 

Geneva - Kipling Manotel*** 
Stylish, quiet hotel close to the station and Lake Geneva; very good value for Geneva 

Gstaad - Wander & Gourmet Hotel Bernerhof**** 
Typical Swiss; chalet-style; all rooms with balcony; 2 minutes from the station 

Interlaken - Hotel Lötschberg
Small hotel; quiet location, 3-minute walk to Interlaken West station 

Klosters - Hotel Alpina****
Swiss chalet, highly rated; next to the train station and cable car 

Lausanne - AlaGare***
Traditional hotel directly beside the central station; good value 

Lucerne - Waldstätterhof Swiss Quality Hof*** 
Historic building, fully renovated; next to ship pier and train station 

Lugano - Continental Parkhotel***
Next to the lake and railway station; swimming pool; very good value 

Montreux - La Rouvenaz*** 
Overlooking Lake Geneva; 20 m from the lakeshore, 5-minute walk from the train station

Mürren - Hotel Alpenblick** 
Typical mountain hotel, a lot of wood; superb views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau

Wengen - Hotel Silberhorn****
In the middle of the car-free centre; beautiful views; next to the station 

Zermatt - Hotel Schweizerhof**** 
Stunning panorama, wellness centre with a pool, situated in the Bahnhofstrasse

Zürich - Hotel Schweizerhof****
Opposite the main station; historic, eye-catching building; 15 minutes train ride from the airport  

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Travel by Bernina Express

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats in bays of 4 seats, 2x2 seats besides the corridor.
  • Large panoramic windows to enjoy the best views
  • Multi-langual (including English) information about the sights along the route 
  • Large tables at each seat
  • A compulsory seat reservation including supplement is needed for the Bernina Express

1st class 

  • Comfortable seats in bays of 4 and 2 seats opposite each other, 2+1 seats besides the corridor
  • Large panoramic windows to enjoy the best views
  • Multi-langual (including English) information about the sights along the route.
  • Large tables at each seat
  • More quiet atmosphere than in second class
  • More space at your seat than in second class
  • A compulsory seat reservation including supplement is needed for the Bernina Express

  • Bernina Express - Photos and more info

Travel by Glacier Express

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats in bays of 4 seats, 2x2 seats besides the corridor.
  • Large panoramic windows to enjoy the best views
  • Multi-lingual (including English) information about the sights along the route with free earphones
  • Large tables at each seat
  • A compulsory seat reservation including supplement is needed for the Glacier Express

1st class 

  • Comfortable seats in bays of 4 and 2 seats opposite each other, 2+1 seats besides the corridor
  • Large panoramic windows to enjoy the best views
  • Multi-langual (including English) information about the sights along the route with free earphones
  • Large tables at each seat
  • More quiet atmosphere than in second class
  • More space at your seat than in second class
  • A compulsory seat reservation including supplement is needed for the Glacier Express

  • Glacier Express - More info and photos

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