Swiss Travel PassFrom AU$ 257 From AU$ 257 Swiss Travel System
- Unlimited travel in Switzerland.
- All-in-one ticket to travel by train, bus and boat.
- Children under 16 travel for free.
- Youth (16 - 25) discounts available
The Swiss Travel Pass is the most complete rail pass to visit Switzerland. It allows you to travel on board trains but also buses and even lake ferries. Discover cities like Bern, Geneva, Locarno, Zurich and Lausanne.
With the Swiss Travel Pass, you can travel where you please, whenever you want! Take as many trains as you like, there is no limit on the distance you can travel in a day. The Swiss Travel Pass, to put it simply, is an all-in-one pass which offers unlimited travel at a fixed price!
Hop on hop off trains, buses and ferries to visit any place you want. The Swiss Travel Pass gives you access to all trains, but remember that premium trains require a seat reservation. The Things to know section explains everything you need to know about seat reservations.
Enjoy the bonuses which are included in the Swiss Travel Pass. You will get free public transportation, discounted city tours, free museum entrance, free ferry trips and more.
The Swiss Travel Pass is the key to have a hassle-free trip throughout Switzerland.
Another great thing about the Swiss Travel Pass is that it allows families travelling together to get a free Swiss Family Card. Children aged 6 to under 16 to travel free of charge with the Swiss Family Card.
Switzerland is an invitation do discover the the best panoramic routes in Europe.The Grand Train Tour of Switzerland can be started from any city of Switzerland. In fact there is no set direction but instead a list of routes and cities which are suggested. The Grand Train Tour can be undertaken using Switzerland public transport and the Swiss Travel Pass.
Things to know
Who can buy a rail pass?Any person living outside the participating countries can use the Swiss Travel Pass. Please note that residents of Switzerland and Liechtenstein are not eligible.
To travel on board high speed and night trains, you need to book a seat reservation.
Seat reservations are compulsory on most premium trains and are a guarantee to get a seat or a sleeping berth. As a pass holder, you will only be charged a fraction of the usual standard fare.
In most cases, you can reserve your seat up to 90 days in advance. Don’t wait too long to book your seat. They are limited!
Book a seat reservation with Rail Europe.
As an alternative to high speed and night trains, you can travel on board regional trains. Most don’t require a seat reservation when you have a rail pass so you won’t have to pay any extra charge. Just sit back and relax!
How to use a rail pass?
It is required that you start using your rail pass within 6 months of the date of purchase.
A travel day starts from midnight and ends at midnight the next day. It lasts 24 hours. During that period, you can take as many trains as you want.
The validity is the number of travel days of a rail pass.
You can choose between flexible and consecutive validities.
Flexible validities allow you to choose which days you want to travel within the period covered by your rail pass.
E.g. For a rail pass with a validity of 5 days within 1 month. If you activate your rail pass on the 1st of the month, you can travel on the 3rd, 4th, 7th, 12th and 30th of this month.
Consecutive validities give you unlimited travel during consecutive days.
E.g. For a rail pass with a validity of 3 days continuous. By activating your rail pass on the 1st of the month, you can use it until the 3rd.
Rail pass benefits
Most rail passes include discounts and bonuses. Save money and make the most of your trip with your rail pass.
When available you will get hotel discounts, free entrance to museums, discounted boat trips and more.
- 50% discount with the Swiss Travel Pass on Cable cars and Mountain trains not included in the Swiss travel System range of passes.
- The Swiss Travel Pass is also valid as a Swiss Museum Pass and gives free admission to more than 490 museums and exhibits in Switzerland.
- Free public transportation systems in 75 Swiss Cities.
Interactive Rail Map
The Interactive Travel Map will allow you to plan your trip easily in Europe. Type-in your itinerary or choose it directly from the map. You can even provide your travel dates to view trains and fares related to your itinerary.
- A. A youth pass is valid for any traveler who is 25 years of age and younger.
- A. Train stations in Europe are very accessible and easy to find. Although the physical train station addresses are generally not listed, the stations are centrally located within the city and accessible with the cities public transportation system or taxi. Check with hotel concierge to give you the best directions from your hotel. Taxi drivers know how to get your to your station fast and worry free.
- A. TGV Lyria is a high speed train and requires a compulsory reservation. Special pass holder fares are available if you carry a Eurail Pass covering France or Switzerland, Swiss Pass or France Rail Pass but subject to limited availability.
- A. 1st Class seats often recline, there are fewer seats per car, and there is more space for luggage. On some high-speed trains, the price of a 1st Class ticket includes a meal. 1st class is generally quieter with more business and adult passengers. 2nd Class accommodations are less expensive, but not as spacious, as there are more seats per car. For trips over 2 hours we recommend that you book 1st class.
- A. Generally, dogs are permitted on trains. Sometimes they may need to be contained in a pet carrier, or they may have to wear a muzzle or leash. Dogs normally travel at half the fare of a 2nd class ticket; this charge is payable directly to the conductor. Pets are not allowed on trains in Great Britain, Spain, Ireland, Norway, and Finland. Currently the only animals that will be permitted to travel on the Eurostar are guide dogs for the visually impaired.
- A. Many people take advantage of additional time they have in a city, then they board their overnight train. You depart from one city and arrive in your destination the next morning, refreshed and ready to start your day. It also saves you money that you may have spent on a hotel.
- A. Discounted Senior rates for travelers 60 and older are available on the following passes: Balkan Flexipass-1st class BritRail Consecutive and Flexipass 1st class, BritRail England Consecutive and Flexipass 1st Class France Rail Pass, 1st Class Eurail Ireland Pass - 2nd Class Eurail Romania Pass - 1st class
Q. What are the differences between a Single, Double, T2, T3, T4, and couchette on overnight trains?A. Sleeper accommodations vary according to amenities and the number of people occupying the compartment. The name or number advises how many beds are in each room. A couchette (pronounced "koo-SHET") is normally usually in 2nd Class. A couchette accommodates 6 passengers, male and female, and offers no amenities. Keep in mind that some compartments are gender specific unless the compartment is booked in full. For more information about sleepers please visit our how to book sleepers page.
- A. On all domestic routes in France and all international routes that depart from France. When traveling round trip on an international route you will need to print both tickets before you depart. For more detailed information on how to use a French self service kiosk review: How do I retrieve my e-tickets at French train stations?
- A. Toilets are easily accessible on all the trains and are usually marked with the letters WC. Toilets can usually be found at the front or back of each train car (also known as a coach), and will include a sink, toilet and a locking door.
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Reviews & ratings Swiss Travel Pass
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- "Do You Have A Swiaa Pass..?" Timothy b. 27/09/2016
Definitely a cheaper form of travel in Switzerland and gets you heaps of discounts in other places - just be wary that the discount/travel (cable cars etc) doesn't count towards one of your days if you've selected a flexi date pass. Also, don't reserve a ticket - regardless of class. An abundance of seats available on all trains Value for money Convenience
- "Milan - Switzerland - Bavaria" Stephen b. 09/09/2016
Flew into Milan. Regional train to Tirano, Italy. Then a series of inter Swiss town and Alpine train trips over two weeks, ending in Zurick. Then to Fussen and Munich in Bavaria, Germany by German rail services. Switzerland is very expensive but well worth the cost. Swiss Alpine trains are excellent with dramatic alpine views. Used the Swiss Travel Pass which made the many trips easy, and cost effective due to many trips on public and private services, inluding city buses. Had to purchase the Swiss Travel Pass before leaving Australia. Only issue was we missed a message about a cancelled train as we did not speak German. Otherwise brilliant Value for money Convenience
- "Swiss trip 2016" Andrew b. 20/07/2016
Excellent, very convenient and relaxing..!! Recommend this pass to anyone.. Value for money Convenience
- "Switzerland" Robyn s. 13/06/2016
Fantastic trains, clean and always on time. Great staff and wonderful scenery. Value for money Convenience
- "Very convenient way to explore" Claudie c. 09/03/2016
It was a very convenient way to explore Switzerland. Even though it was pricey and it would have been good if there was more discount offered. However, so far, it was great! Value for money Convenience
- "Around Switzerland by Rail" . 28/01/2016
We travelled from Zurich Airport to Lucerne, Lauterbrunner, Bern, Murren, Montreux, Zermatt, St. Moritz, Zurich and Zurich Airport over 8 days. We also used our rail pass for Mt. Rigi (free with rail pass), to Jungfrajoch (25% discount with pass), Gornergrat (50% discount), Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz, Bernina Express from St. Moritz to Tirano (for a small fee)
- "Zurich to Interlaken " Patricia h. 22/01/2016
So impressed with the Swiss rail system . Trains were clean ,punctual and clearly announced . It took a couple of minutes at Zurich station to find the office to get our tickets validated , but the lady was helpful and assured us that the train was on time etc. It departed on the dot and arrived in Interlaken at exactly the right time too . Amazing ! Value for money Convenience
- "Train tour in Switzerland" Eleanor Jill t. 21/12/2015
We booked seats the Glacier Express to Chur, the Bernina express to Lugano, The William Tell Express to Lucerne, and the Golden Pass Route to Montreux. Some of that was difficult to book online and I had to resort to the phone. It would have been reassuring then to have an itinerary issued to join up the tour clearly and fill in the gaps where necessary. However we mapped it out ourselves and it all worked well with typical Swiss efficiency. Value for money Convenience
- "Swiss Travel Pass" Ian d. 01/12/2015
The Pass worked well providing great convenience and flexibility during our holiday in Switzerland. From the use we made, it represented great value for money. Value for money Convenience
- "Value for money" Alan p. 26/10/2015
We found the 4-day Swiss Travel Pass to be excellent value for money. The highlight was a trip along the Bernina Express route. We chose to use the local trains rather than the express because of opening windows which allowed better photographic opportunities. We were based in Zurich and took day trips to Bern, Lucerne and Schauffhausen. The travel pass also covered our boat trip across Lake Lucerne, the funicular up Rigi Kulm and local trams in Zurich. Many museums are also included. Highly recommended! Value for money Convenience
- "Easy Travelling with SwissRail" Jan w. 10/10/2015
We purchased our 8 day Swiss Travel pass before we left Australia and although we left it a little late to do so the tickets arrived prior to our departure. The service was wonderful and that was just the start. As everyone says, the Swiss are so organised that the whole experience was a dream. We used the rail system to travel from Zurich to Wengen and return with many trips around the Jungfrau area during our stay. It was so convenient with the Travel Pass and the trains are so reliable that they are to time within a minute or two. We just bought the 2nd Class ticket and had no trouble finding a very comfortable seat on any occasion although we did travel out of peak time during the day. Even travelling with large cases was not a problem. Thoroughly recommend the Swiss Travel Pass as we obtained discounts on some trips not fully covered by the pass. Value for money Convenience
- "Swiss travel pass" Tracey h. 19/09/2015
This card made travel on trains and light rail very user-friendly and convenient. The trains were clean, comfortable and ran on time. It was one less thing we needed to worry about. We were even able to have an entire day out on the boat, cog wheel train and cable car to Mt Rigi without additional charge. I would definitely use this pass again if traveling in Switzerland! Value for money Convenience
- "Do your homework" Jennifer n. 20/08/2015
Swiss train travel is everything that you hear about. It is great, on time and a great way to travel. What I would recommend is seriously looking at what you will be doing as there are a number of local buses and trains that don't fit into the Swiss Pass. I had a 4 day pass and I selected badly for 2 days, because I didn't realise that a lot of the travel I was planning for those days was on private buses. Glacier Express and Golden Pass - brilliant - Jungfrau - Brilliant - BUT it isn't just the last bit of the train that isn't on the swiss pass - it is everything in the area. On the Glacier Express - STRONG recommendation to pre-order the "plate of the day". It was great. A couple near us didn't and they were very upset and in turn upset everyone else. Value for money Convenience
- "Too easy!" John w. 25/07/2015
A brilliant way to see an amazing country. The Swiss rail system is a fantastic engineering achievement on every level. Value for money Convenience
- "Brilliant choice" Kim s. 14/07/2015
I debated two things when first thinking about buying a rail pass for our trip to Switzerland 1. Would it be worth it and 2. First or second class? Well it was definitely worth it and travelling second class - apart from the fact that it's written on the outside of the carriage you wouldn't have known. Rail Europe offers great service Value for money Convenience