Public transport in Switzerland - an overview of all travel and tourist passes

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1. Swiss Travel Pass

I have a confession to make. At the end of the last article, where we had fought our way through the jungle of the Swiss ticket landscape, I had told you that the thicket was now over

Unfortunately, that was only half the truth. In addition to the most common tickets, there is a whole range of travel and tourist passes, which I will bring you closer here

I like to call them the all-inclusive packages, which can be an interesting alternative to the "normal" tickets. Therefore, we grab our machete again and set out to continue our expedition

A little heads up: this one will be a bit more detailed than the one about the tickets and about the means of transportation.

1. Swiss Travel Pass

1.1 What is the Swiss Travel Pass?

Probably the most famous and common tourist pass for vacationers in Switzerland is the Swiss Travel Pass. You can hardly get more all-round carefree package than this. It's not only a ticket for public transportation in Switzerland, it also gives you access to museums and to many other interesting perks.

The following services are included in the Swiss Travel Pass:

  • Free travel on all public transport in Switzerland - i.e. bus, train and boat. This also includes the panorama trains, although seat reservations must be paid for additionally.
  • Free travel on the mountain railroads to the Rigi, Stanserhorn and Stoos.
  • Up to 50% discount on other mountain railway tickets.
  • Free admission to over 500 museums.
  • Up to 30% discount on SBB RailAway offers.

Isolated mountain railroads, which serve the basic development of mountain areas, are also included. In these cases, the Swiss Travel Pass is also fully valid and you can use them for free. An overview of these mountain railroads can be found in this compilation.

1.2 How long is the Swiss Travel Pass valid?

The Swiss Travel Pass is available for 3, 4, 8 or 15 consecutive days and is valid from the date you specify when you purchase it

1.3 Who can buy the Swiss Travel Pass?

The Swiss Travel Pass is only available to people who do not have their primary residence in Switzerland. If you live in Switzerland, you can alternatively use one of the regional tourist passes below.

1.4 How much does the Swiss Travel Pass cost?

The price depends on how long you want to use your pass, in which class you travel and how old you are. If you have not yet reached your 26th birthday, you will benefit from a 15% discount.

1.5 Where can I buy the Swiss Travel Pass?

You can buy the Swiss Travel Pass either online or at any major train station in Switzerland directly at the counter. Various sales offices abroad also sell the pass. Please ask at your nearest train station or travel agency.

The Swiss Travel Pass is personal and non-transferable, so you must show a passport or identity card to purchase it.

1.6 For whom is the Swiss Travel Pass worthwhile?

The Swiss Travel Pass is by far the most comprehensive offer for a trip in Switzerland. It is therefore not cheap and if you want to watch your budget a little, a purchase wants to be well considered

If the majority of the following points apply to you, the Swiss Travel Pass could be worthwhile for you:

  • You have your primary residence outside of Switzerland.
  • You plan to visit several regions in Switzerland and travel longer distances by public transport.
  • You plan to make one or more trips by boat or panoramic train.
  • You are actively traveling and intend to use the pass every day.
  • You want to visit museums, castles, chocolate factories or other attractions from this list during your stay.
  • You prefer the freedom of not having to worry about buying the right ticket and just being able to get on any train or bus

As you can see, the Swiss Travel Pass is ideal for people who want to do and experience a lot while traveling in Switzerland. If you're the kind of person who also likes to take a day off in between, there's a wonderful, more flexible alternative to the Swiss Travel Pass.

2. Swiss Travel Pass Flex

2.1 What is the Swiss Travel Pass Flex?

As the name suggests, this pass is very similar to the Swiss Travel Pass. The only difference is its validity period. Otherwise, it also includes the following services on the days you use it:

  • Free travel on all Swiss public transport - i.e. bus, train and boat. This also includes the panorama trains, although seat reservations must be paid for additionally.
  • Free travel on the mountain railroads to the Rigi, Stanserhorn and Stoos.
  • Up to 50% discount on other mountain railway tickets.
  • Free admission to over 500 museums.
  • Up to 30% discount on RailAway offers of the SBB.

Some mountain railroads serve the basic accessibility of mountain areas. In these cases, the Swiss Travel Pass is also fully valid and you can use them for free. An overview of these mountain railroads can be found in this compilation.

2.2 How long is the Swiss Travel Pass Flex valid?

The Swiss Travel Pass Flex is valid for 3, 4, 8 or 15 days within one month. During this period you can use it on freely selectable days, which you have to enter in the empty field in the Travel Pass on the day of travel

Outside of your travel days, the pass is invalid and you cannot show it for any other benefits or admissions.

2.3 Who can buy the Swiss Travel Pass Flex?

The Swiss Travel Pass Flex is also only available to people who do not have their primary residence in Switzerland. If you live in Switzerland, you can alternatively use one of the regional tourist passes below.

2.4 How much does the Swiss Travel Pass cost?

The price for the Swiss Travel Pass Flex is slightly higher than the Swiss Travel Pass. Again, the cost depends on how long you want to use your pass, in which class you travel and how old you are. If you have your 26th birthday coming up, you will benefit from a 15% discount.

2.5 Where can I buy the Swiss Travel Pass Flex?

You can buy the Swiss Travel Pass either online or at any major train station in Switzerland directly at the counter. Various sales offices abroad also sell the pass. Please ask at your nearest train station or travel agency.

The Swiss Travel Pass Flex is personal and non-transferable, so you must show a passport or identity card to purchase it.

2.6 For whom is the Swiss Travel Pass Flex worthwhile?

The Swiss Travel Pass Flex offers the same benefits as the Swiss Travel Pass with the difference of additional flexibility. If you are unsure whether a purchase makes sense for you, try to evaluate it based on the following points:

  • You have your primary residence outside of Switzerland.
  • You plan to visit several regions in Switzerland and travel longer distances by public transport.
  • You plan to make one or more trips by boat or panoramic train.
  • You plan to stay a little longer in Switzerland and take days in between when you will not travel much by public transport.
  • You would like to visit museums, castles, chocolate factories or other sights from this list during your stay.
  • You prefer the freedom of not having to worry about buying the right ticket and just being able to get on any train or bus

If all this is too much for you and you are willing to accept some loss of services for a cheaper pass, there is a tourist pass known and recognized throughout Europe.

Surely you have heard about it.

3. Interrail

3.1 What is the Interrail?

The Interrail is a tourist pass that is especially popular among young individual travelers. However, there is no age limit for this rail pass, which is available for purchase for 33 European countries.

The Interrail is divided into two types of passes. On the one hand, there is the One-Country Pass, which can only be used for a single country, while the Global Pass is valid in all 33 countries on this list

The benefits of the Interrail in Switzerland are somewhat less extensive than those of the Swiss Travel Pass. Since it is a rail pass, it is mainly valid on rail and includes the following offers:

  • Free travel on all SBB trains as well as these private rail companies.
  • Free travel on all panorama trains, although seat reservations must be paid for additionally.
  • Free travel on BLS ships on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.
  • 50% discount on various other ships such as those on Lake Geneva or Lake Lucerne.
  • 25% discount on various mountain railroads such as the Jungfrau Railways or the Stanserhorn Railway.
  • 15% on your overnight stay in the Swiss Youth Hostels.
  • 10% voucher for the Fashion Outlet in Landquart.

It is possible that these benefits are adjusted from time to time. Therefore, I recommend you to consult the Interrail website before your trip to be up to date. In addition, there are certain private railroad companies that are not covered by Interrail. You can find all these important details in the most current version on this page

Please note that you are not allowed to use the Interrail on buses or streetcars. For this you need an additional zone ticket, which I describe in more detail in this article

3.2 How long is the Interrail valid?

You can buy the One-Country Pass for Switzerland for 3, 4, 5, 6 or 8 days. These travel days are flexible during one month, but you have to enter the date on the travel day

The Global Pass has a much more comprehensive range, which you can view here. The shortest duration is 7 days and the longest pass is valid for a full three months. Up to 15 days, the travel days can be used flexibly within one to two months, while the pass is valid for 15 days or more continuously and without interruption.

3.3 Who can buy the Interrail?

The Interrail is only available for people who have their residence in Europe

Moreover, you cannot buy an Interrail for the country where you live. However, in the case of the Global Pass, two journeys are included - the one from your home to the national border and back from the national border at the end of your trip

3.4 How much does the Interrail cost?

The Interrail comes in four different price categories: Child (4 to 11), Youth (12 to 27), Adult (28 to 59) and Senior (60+)

Since there are always promotions and specials, the prices often fluctuate. Therefore, I recommend you to check the latest prices for the One-Country Pass here and for the Global Pass here.

3.5 Where can I buy the Interrail?

You can either order the Interrail conveniently online or buy it at a train station or travel agency at your home. The Interrail is personal and non-transferable, so you must show a passport or identity card to buy it.

3.6 For whom is the Interrail worthwhile?

The Interrail is ideal for people who like to travel by train. The following list can help you make a decision

  • You have your primary residence in Europe, but not in Switzerland.
  • You plan to visit several regions in Switzerland and travel longer distances by public transport.
  • You plan to take one or more trips on a panoramic train.
  • You plan to stay a little longer in Switzerland and take days in between when you don't travel much by public transport.
  • You use local public transport, i.e. buses and streetcars, only sporadically and do not mind buying additional zone or route tickets.
  • You prefer the freedom of not having to worry about buying the right ticket and being able to board the included means of transport on your travel days

Only you can answer whether the Interrail or the Swiss Travel Pass makes more sense for you based on your travel plans. If you have a rough idea of what your plans are, I recommend the following:

Calculate the difference between the Swiss Travel Pass and the Interrail for the required time and roughly estimate whether this difference is sufficient for possible bus, boat and gondola rides as well as for one or the other museum

If you now feel discriminated against as a non-European and are already planning the next protest march in the back of your mind, I can reassure you.

Of course, there is also an interesting offer for you

4. Eurail

4.1 What is the Eurail?

The Eurail is the non-identical twin of the Interrail. It has more similarities than differences to Interrail and is also valid on the European rail network in these 33 countries

Unfortunately, there is no One-Country Pass for Switzerland. Thus, your only option for traveling by Eurail through Switzerland is to buy a Eurail Global Pass. So some discrimination is indeed present

Also, in the case of the Eurail Pass, the benefits are less extensive than those of the Swiss Travel Pass. Since it is a rail pass, it is mainly valid on rail and includes the following offers:

  • Free travel on all SBB trains as well as these private rail companies.
  • Free travel on all panorama trains, although seat reservations must be paid for additionally.
  • Free travel on BLS ships on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.
  • 50% discount on various other ships such as those on Lake Geneva and Lake Lucerne.
  • 25% discount on various mountain railroads such as the Jungfrau Railways or the Stanserhornbahn.
  • 15% on your overnight stay in the Swiss Youth Hostels.

It is possible that these services will be adjusted from time to time. Therefore, I recommend you to consult the Eurail website before your trip to be up to date. In addition, there are certain private railroad companies that are not covered by Eurail. All this information can be found on this page

Please note that you are not allowed to use the Eurail on buses or streetcars. For this you need an additional zone ticket, which I describe in more detail in this article

4.2 How long is the Eurail valid?

The Global Pass is available for different periods of time. Starting with 4 flexible days and ending with 3 months of unlimited travel. The exact increments in between can be found on this overview

4.3 Who can buy the Eurail?

You may have noticed that the Eurail website is only available in English, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. This is because only non-Europeans can buy a Eurail Pass. And since neither German nor Danish is spoken outside Europe, the language selection is different from Interrail.

4.4 How much does the Eurail cost?

Just like Interrail, there are four different price categories: Child (4 to 11), Youth (12 to 27), Adult (28 to 59) and Senior (60+). Since there are always actions and promotions, the prices fluctuate often. Therefore, I recommend you to check the latest prices for the Eurail Global Pass here.

4.5 Where can I buy the Eurail?

You can either buy the Interrail conveniently order online or at the travel agency at your home. The Eurail is personal and non-transferable, so you must show a passport to buy it.

4.6 For whom is the Eurail worthwhile?

The Eurail is ideal for people who are planning a longer trip through Europe and like to travel by train. The following list can help you make a decision

  • You do not have your primary residence in Europe.
  • You plan to visit several countries in Europe apart from Switzerland and travel longer distances by public transport.
  • You plan to take one or more trips on a panoramic train in Switzerland.
  • You plan to stay a little longer in Switzerland and take days in between when you don't travel much by public transport.
  • You use local public transport, i.e. buses and streetcars, only sporadically and do not mind buying additional zone or route tickets.
  • You prefer the freedom of not having to worry about buying the right ticket and being able to board the included means of transport on your travel days

Whether the Eurail or the Swiss Travel Pass makes more sense for you, only you can answer based on your travel plans. Even if you don't travel to any other European countries apart from Switzerland, the Eurail Global Pass can be worthwhile. However, the price difference to the Swiss Travel Pass in this case is smaller than between the Interrail and the Swiss Travel Pass.

If you have a rough idea of what your plans are, I recommend the following: Calculate the difference between the Swiss Travel Pass and the Eurail Global Pass for the time needed and roughly estimate whether this difference is enough for possible bus, boat and gondola rides as well as for one or the other museum

Otherwise, in this case, a Swiss Travel Pass might make more sense for you. Or one of the five regional tourist passes that we are now considering. These are especially interesting for you as a Swiss citizen, since you were not able to benefit from any of the previous offers.

5 Tellpass

5.1 What is the Tellpass?

The Tellpass includes several tourist offers in Central Switzerland - i.e. around Lucerne and Lake Lucerne. If you are familiar with the legend of William Tell, you won't be surprised by this particular name. Otherwise, here comes a little refresher

William Tell was the one who had to shoot an apple off his son Walter's head in Altdorf in the 13th century to escape the clutches of the devious bailiff Gessler

With a crossbow, of course

After the nerve-wracking but successful shot, Tell was nevertheless arrested and managed to escape Gessler during a strong storm on Lake Lucerne. It was a fight for life and death..

But so that we can continue with the events of Tellpass, you can read the whole story about the most famous Swiss hero, besides Roger Federer of course, here

With the Tellpass, which has nothing in common with the good Wilhelm except for his home region, you have access to the following offers:

  • Free travel on all trains, buses and boats as well as several mountain railroads in Central Switzerland according to this overview map.
  • Discounted admission to a selection of partner offers such as the Glasi Hergiswil, the Bikearena in Emmetten or the Mineralbad & Spa Rigi Kaltbad

Offers vary between summer and winter and I recommend you check the website for the most up-to-date information.

5.2 How long is the Tellpass valid?

The Tellpass is available for 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 consecutive days. The pass runs from its first day of validity and the travel days are not flexible over a longer period of time

5.3 Who can buy the Tellpass?

Good news: No matter how old you are, where you come from, what color hair you have and whether you like fondue or not, you can buy the Tellpass. It is for every guest of Central Switzerland.

5.4 How much does the Tellpass cost?

The Tellpass is available for summer and winter, with prices differing. Youth and senior rates do not exist here, with children between 6 and 16 paying significantly less. The Half-Fare Card and the General Abonnement are not valid here.

5.5 Where can I buy the Tellpass?

There are over 80 points of sale throughout Switzerland where you can get your personal and non-transferable Tellpass. In addition, it is also available in the Online Shop, although in this case it can only be booked two weeks before the first day of validity.

5.6 For whom is the Tellpass worthwhile?

The Tellpass is significantly cheaper than the Swiss Travel Pass and can be worth considering in the following cases:

  • You have your main residence in Switzerland and therefore cannot buy a Swiss Travel Pass.
  • You do not have a Half-Fare Card, General Abonnement, Swiss Travel Pass, Interrail or Eurail.
  • You are spending two or more days in Central Switzerland
  • You plan to use public transport excessively on these days and also to visit some partner offers.
  • You prefer the freedom of not having to worry about buying the right ticket and being able to board the included means of transport on your travel days

Although the Tellpass is more interesting in price than the other candidates, I recommend you to consider what you want to do during your time in the home of William Tell. Depending on that, it may make more sense to buy "normal" tickets or to resort to a Sparticket. Especially if you live in Switzerland and have a Half-Fare Card

Only you can make this calculation, but in general, the following applies to such passes: The longer their validity period, the cheaper they are broken down to the individual day.

If you're not drawn to Lucerne, but more to the home of the famous mountain trio Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, you're better served with the next pass

6. Jungfrau Pass

6.1 What is the Jungfrau Pass?

The Jungfrau Pass is an offer for tourists who want to enjoy the region around Interlaken. Its range of validity is not easy to describe because it depends on the duration of the pass purchased. Nevertheless, I dare to experiment and hope that I can convey it in an understandable way. The following offers are included in the Jungfrau Pass:

  • Free travel on all trains and cable cars with solid blue lines. Also included is the local bus in Grindelwald.
  • Discount on the Jungfrau Railway from Eiger Glacier to Jungfraujoch.
  • Free travel by boat on Lakes Brienz and Thun, as well as on trains between Brienz - Interlaken Ost - Interlaken West. Attention: This supplement is only valid if you have a Jungfrau Pass between 5 and 8 days.
  • 10% discount when showing the Jungfrau Pass at the Top of Europe Shops

You can find the latest information on the validity area and other promotions on the Jungfrau website.

6.2 How long is the Jungfrau Pass valid? The Jungfrau Pass is available for 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 consecutive days. The pass runs from its first day of validity and the travel days are not flexible over a longer period of time

6.3 Who can buy the Jungfrau Pass? Like the Tellpass, the Jungfrau Pass is available to any guest in the region. Swiss or not.

6.4 How much does the Jungfrau Pass cost? The Jungfrau Pass is available in three price categories: Child (6 to 15), Adult (16+) and Reduced. Discounts are available for people who have one of the following passes:

  • Half Fare Card / Swiss Half Fare Card
  • General Abonnement
  • Swiss Travel Pass (Flex)

The latest prices for the Jungfrau Pass can also be found on the Jungfrau website

6.5 Where can I buy the Jungfrau Pass?

The easiest way to buy the personal and non-transferable Jungfrau Pass is in the Online Shop. It is also available at most Swiss train stations and at the tourist offices in the Jungfrau region.

6.6 For whom is the Jungfrau Pass worthwhile?

This is a very, very difficult question in this case. Combining it with the Swiss Travel Pass is technically possible, but since both tourist passes are not cheap, I personally doubt the point of it. Again, I list some points that can help you decide:

  • You live in Switzerland and therefore cannot buy a Swiss Travel Pass.
  • You may own a Half-Fare Card but not a General Abonnement.
  • You own an Interrail or Eurail Pass, which are limited valid in this region, but you want to use the public transport in and around Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Mürren and Kleine Scheidegg.
  • You are on vacation in the Jungfrau region and plan to use public transport in the area of validity on several consecutive days.
  • You prefer the freedom of not having to worry about buying the right ticket and being able to board the included means of transport

The Jungfrau Pass is rather expensive from my point of view and I advise against a combination with the Swiss Travel Pass. However, calculated on the individual travel day, it is worth more and more, the longer the pass is valid. Especially if you plan a trip to the Jungfraujoch or with the mountain railroads to Grindelwald First or Schynige Platte. These are very expensive as a one-way ticket.

If you are traveling in the region for at least four to five days, the pass may make sense. Otherwise, I advise you to make more accurate calculations and check the regular, "normal" tickets for the respective railroads

Or you can take a look at our next regional pass right away, as it includes a very interesting assortment.

7. Regional Pass Bernese Oberland

7.1 What is the Regional Pass Bernese Oberland?

If you are planning a vacation in the Bernese Oberland, this regional pass will most likely make your heart beat faster. It covers an incredibly large area that extends far beyond the canton of Bern and makes the Jungfrau Pass look old by comparison. If you are staying in the quadrangle between Lucerne, Bern, Saanen and Brig for a longer period of time, you are in the catchment area of the Bernese Oberland Regional Pass.

The following offers are included in this pass:

  • Free travel on all trains, buses, boats and mountain railroads according to this overview map. Attention: Buses and streetcars are not included in the pass, except in Thun and Interlaken.
  • 50% price reduction on all dotted lines according to the same map.
  • Discount between 10% and 100% at over 39 leisure facilities such as the Aare Gorge in Meiringen, the kitschy turquoise Blue Lake or a jet boat tour in Brienz

Interesting for you to know is that the Regional Pass Bernese Oberland includes all offers that are covered with the Jungfrau Pass. Except that you pay slightly more for the trip to the Jungfraujoch than with the Jungfrau Pass.

With such a large catchment area, the Bernese Oberland Regional Pass gives you access to every conceivable sight, attraction and activity, so there's something for everyone. Even in bad weather.

7.2 How long is the Bernese Oberland Regional Pass valid?

The Bernese Oberland Regional Pass is available between April and October for 3, 4, 6, 8 or 10 consecutive days. The pass runs from its first day of validity and the travel days cannot be used flexibly over a longer period

7.3 Who can buy the Bernese Oberland Regional Pass?

The Bernese Oberland Regional Pass is available to any guest in the region

7.4 How much does the Regionalpass Bernese Oberland cost?

The Regionalpass Bernese Oberland is available in three price categories: Child (6 to 15), Full Price (16+) and Reduced. Reductions are available for people who have one of the following passes:

  • Half Fare Card / Swiss Half Fare Card
  • General Abonnement
  • Swiss Travel Pass (Flex)

The latest prices for the Bernese Oberland Regional Pass can be found on the website

7.5 Where can I buy the Regionalpass Bernese Oberland?

The easiest way to buy the personal and non-transferable Regionalpass Bernese Oberland is in the online store of the SBB or the BLS. It is also available at most Swiss train stations and at the tourist offices in the region.

7.6 For whom is the Bernese Oberland Regional Pass worthwhile?

In my opinion, the Bernese Oberland Regional Pass offers a terrific selection of excursion destinations. It is a bit more expensive than the Jungfrau Pass, but if you plan to go outside the Jungfrau region to a greater extent, it might justify the extra charge

However, I do not recommend combining the Jungfrau Pass with the Swiss Travel Pass, as it does not make much sense to have two expensive all-inclusive packages in your pocket. The following points can help you to decide whether the Regional Pass Bernese Oberland is something for you or not

  • You live in Switzerland and therefore cannot buy a Swiss Travel Pass.
  • You may own a Half-Fare Card but no General Abonnement, no Swiss Travel Pass and no Interrail or Eurail.
  • You are spending your vacations between April and October in the Bernese Oberland and plan to use public transport in the area of validity on several consecutive days.
  • You would like to take advantage of various included leisure activities and benefit from discounted admission
  • You prefer the freedom of not having to worry about buying the right ticket and being able to board the included means of transport

Price-wise, this regional pass is also rather expensive, but with longer validity reduced the daily costs. Especially with frequent use of mountain railroads, which quickly become expensive, the Regional Pass Bernese Oberland can be worthwhile.

By the way, on the website you will find a comprehensive FAQ section in case you have further questions.

For the next pass, we leave the Bernese Alps and head to another extremely popular vacation region. The home of the two ibexes Gian and Giachen

8. Graubünden Pass

8.1 What is the Graubünden Pass?

The Graubünden Pass is valid throughout the canton of Graubünden, with several subcategories. At first glance, it seems a bit complicated, but we will somehow get through this thicket as well

As you can see on this map, the canton is divided into the zone north and the zone south. You have the choice to buy the pass for only one or both zones.

Included in the Graubündenpass are the following services:

  • Free travel on all trains and buses in the canton of Graubünden as well as on some mountain railroads according to this overview map.
  • 50% price reduction on certain mountain railroads according to the same map.
  • Free transport of your bike for one day if you buy the Graubündenpass Bike.

Admittedly, the Graubünden Pass looks complicated even at second glance and there are more variants than one would like. Nevertheless, on to the validity period..

8.2 How long is the Graubünden Pass valid?

The Graubündenpass Bike is available for one day at a time for either one or both zones. The regular Graubündenpass is available for two periods:

  • 2 days within 7 days
  • 5 days within 14 days

The travel days can be used flexibly during the total validity period.

8.3 Who can buy the Graubünden Pass?

The Graubünden Pass is available for every guest in the canton of Graubünden.

8.4 How much does the Graubünden Pass cost?

The Graubünden Pass is available in three price categories: Child (-15), Adult (16+) and Reduced (Half-Fare). You can find the latest prices for the pass on this website

8.5 Where can I buy the Graubünden Pass?

The Graubünden Pass is available at the following points of sale:

  • At any counter of the Rhaetian Railway
  • At the SBB counters in Chur and Landquart
  • At the post offices in Flims and Lenzerheide
  • At the Postbus sales point in Chur
  • At the Postbus driver
  • At the Online Shop

Seraina's tip: Although you can also buy the Graubündenpass from the driver in the postbus, I would advise against it and choose another channel if possible. Personally, I always feel a bit stressed when I know I'm holding up the schedule. Buying online or at the counter is certainly more relaxed for everyone involved.

8.6 For whom is the Graubünden Pass worthwhile?

Although the Graubünden Pass is a comparatively complicated construct and took me what felt like as long as the Tell Pass and Jungfrau Pass combined, it is definitely an attractive proposition. It could be worthwhile for you if:

  • You are traveling between one and two weeks in the canton of Graubünden.
  • You have a Half-Fare Card but no General Abonnement, no Swiss Travel Pass and no Interrail or Eurail.
  • You travel longer distances in the canton of Graubünden by public transport.
  • You prefer the freedom of not having to worry about buying the right ticket and simply being able to board the included means of transport

The Graubünden Pass is comparatively cheap if you look at the tourist passes described so far. However, its catchment area is also quite a bit smaller. Therefore, I still recommend you to roughly estimate the costs to see if the train and bus rides are cheaper with individual tickets

9 Lake Geneva-Alps Regional Pass

9.1 What is the Lake Geneva Alps Regional Pass?

The last tourist pass takes us to western Switzerland, or rather to the beautiful Lake Geneva region. As you can see on this detailed map, the Lake Geneva Alps Regional Pass is valid in the area between Zweisimmen, St. Maurice, Geneva and Yverdon-les-Bains. It includes a combination of free and reduced travel that we haven't seen on any other tourist pass.

The following offers are included in this pass:

  • Free travel on all trains, buses, boats and cable cars on the solid lines according to this validity schedule
  • 50% price reduction on the dotted lines according to the same map.

Included is also the trip with the Golden Pass train from Montreux to Zweisimmen. If you want to travel by train from Zweisimmen to Interlaken, you need an additional ticket. You can get this ticket for half price with the Regional Pass Lake Geneva-Alps

Unfortunately, this pass does not provide you with any other offers or discounted entries

9.2 How long is the Lake Geneva-Alps Regional Pass valid?

The Regional Pass Lake Geneva-Alps is available in two versions. One pass is valid for 5 days, where you enjoy free travel on the entire network on 2 days and a 50% reduction on the network on the remaining 3 days

The second version is valid for 7 days. On 3 days you get free travel and on 4 days 50% reduction on the remaining tickets. A detailed overview of this pass can be found here

The Lake Geneva Alps Regional Pass is available all year round, although certain mountain railroads and boats operate seasonally at reduced rates or not at all. Check the timetable on the SBB website or app before you start your journey

9.3 Who can buy the Lake Geneva-Alps Regional Pass?

The Regional Pass Lake Geneva-Alps is available for everyone.

9.4 How much does the Lake Geneva Alps Regional Pass cost?

The Lake Geneva-Alps Regional Pass is available in three price categories: Child (6 to 15), Adult (16+) and Reduced. Discounts are available for people who have one of the following passes:

  • Half Fare Card / Swiss Half Fare Card
  • Swiss Travel Pass (Flex)

You can find the latest prices on this website

9.5 Where can I buy the Regional Pass Lake Geneva-Alps?

The easiest way to buy the personal and non-transferable Regional Pass is in the Online Shop. It is also available at train stations and boat docks in the Lake Geneva region.

9.6 For whom is the Lake Geneva-Alps Regional Pass worthwhile?

The Lake Geneva-Alps Regional Pass covers a fairly large area and gives you access to many wonderful destinations. Be it a ride on a paddle steamer on Lake Geneva, a train ride along the beautiful Lavaux vineyards or a ride on the Golden Pass train to the Bernese Oberland.

The pass is priced at the lower end of the tourist passes described here and is an attractive offer in my view

Once again, I advise against a combination with the Swiss Travel Pass, since this already covers a very large spectrum and you are otherwise double-tracked. The following points can help you to decide whether the Regional Pass Lake Geneva-Alps is something for you or not

  • You live in Switzerland and therefore cannot buy a Swiss Travel Pass.
  • You may own a Half-Fare travelcard, but not a General Abonnement, a Swiss Travel Pass, Interrail or Eurail.
  • You plan to use public transport in the area of validity for longer distances on two or three days and only sporadically or not at all on the other days.
  • You prefer the freedom of not having to worry about buying the right ticket and being able to board the included means of transport

I see a big plus in the Lake Geneva Alps Regional Pass in the fact that it is not fully valid on 5 or 7 consecutive days. This allows the rather low price and still you have the possibility to plan intensive and less intensive travel days without having bought the pass in vain on the quiet days

For two to three days with larger excursions, such as with the Golden Pass to Zweisimmen or with the boat on Lake Geneva, the pass pays off very quickly

10. land in sight

We made it! *##(gives Tarzan cry)##

You are now informed about the travel and tourist passes in Switzerland and know in each region what is available to you. The jungle is crossed once and for all.

The hard part will now be to make a decision for the most suitable candidate. Unfortunately, I can't take this part off your hands, but I will give you one last tip along the way

In general, the longer the validity of a tourist passport, the cheaper the single travel day will be. Especially for the more expensive offers. So think about what you want to see during your trip and in which radius you want to move

Then I am confident that you will find a suitable offer.