The Swiss Travel Pass is a popular passport for foreign tourists who want to discover Switzerland by public transport. With the Swiss Travel Pass you have access to all public transport in Switzerland and explore the whole country by boat, bus and train.
Launched in the summer of 2015, the Swiss Travel Pass is Switzerland's most sought-after passport. It is an all-in-one ticket that allows foreign tourists to explore every corner of Switzerland by public transport.
The Swiss Travel Pass offers unlimited rides on buses, trains and boats, in addition to numerous discounts. It's perfect for you if you want to discover the entire Switzerland on your own. In this article, we'll introduce you to all the benefits of this ticket and help you decide if it's right for you.
The Swiss Travel Pass offers an incredible range of benefits. With it, you can travel at will across the country on one of the world's densest public transport networks Switzerland's rail network covers almost 5500 km and is operated by 80 railroad companies. The bus network is over 21,000 km long and a total of over 23,000 bus stops are served. And there is also a lot going on on the water in shipping in Switzerland With the Swiss Travel Pass you have access to almost all public transport routes in Switzerland. On this overview map you can see exactly what is included. But the Swiss Travel Pass is not only a ticket for public transport. It also serves as a museum pass and offers other attractive benefits.
The price varies depending on the type and duration of use. You can choose between 3, 4, 6, 8 and 15 travel days. There are two variants of the Swiss Travel Pass The "normal" Pass is available on a certain number of directly consecutive days. The Swiss Travel Pass Flex on the other hand is valid for a certain number of flexible days within one month. Below you will find the prices for the Swiss Travel Pass and the Swiss Travel Pass Flex in CHF for the respective duration. Young people under the age of 25 benefit from a 30% discount with the Youth Pass.
|Adults aged 25 and over||2nd class||1st class|
|3 days within 1 month||232.00||369.00|
|4 days within 1 month||281.00||447.00|
|6 days within 1 month||359.00||570.00|
|8 days within 1 month||389.00||617.00|
|15 days within 1 month||429.00||675.00|
|adults from 25 years||2nd class||1st class|
|3 days within 1 month||267.00||424.00|
|4 days within 1 month||323.00||514.00|
|6 days within 1 month||384.00||610.00|
|8 days within 1 month||409.00||649.00|
|15 days within 1 month||449.00||706.00|
|Youth under 25 years||2nd class||1st class|
|3 days within 1 month||164.00||260.00|
|4 days within 1 month||199.00||315.00|
|6 days within 1 month||254.00||402.00|
|8 days within 1 month||274.00||436.00|
|15 days within 1 month||307.00||479.00|
|Youth under 25 years||2nd class||1st class|
|3 days within 1 month||189.00||299.00|
|4 days within 1 month||229.00||362.00|
|6 days within 1 month||272.00||430.00|
|8 days within 1 month||290.00||459.00|
|15 days within 1 month||321.00||501.00|
Children from the age of 6 until before the age of 16 accompanied by at least one parent (with a valid Swiss Travel Pass) travel free of charge with the free Swiss Family Card.
Children under 6 travel free of charge.
No matter how remote, every corner of Switzerland is accessible by public transportation. So your options for what you can do with the Swiss Travel Pass are endless. Here are a few suggestions for your trip.
There are several panorama trains in Switzerland. These include the Bernina Express, the Glacier Express or the Golden Pass Line. Since the Swiss Travel Pass is valid on these trains, you can take the following route, for example. From Lucerne you take the Golden Pass Line to Montreux. From Montreux the "normal" train takes you via Visp to Zermatt. In Zermatt you board the Glacier Express and travel to St. Moritz in the Engadine. If you want to add more panorama trains, you can take the Bernina Express to Lugano. The Gotthard Panorama Express departs from Lugano and returns to Lucerne For this trip we recommend you to plan at least one week. The Swiss Travel Pass includes these routes, but you have to book a seat reservation online or at the ticket office
Many of the larger Swiss lakes are accessible by shipping. Your Swiss Travel Pass is valid on numerous lakes, such as Lake Thun, Lake Brienz, Lake Lucerne, Lake Constance, Lake Zurich or Lake Geneva
You can make the following excursions by boat:
In the city, the pass is particularly interesting because it not only includes all means of local transport, but also admission to over 500 museums. So you can ride all city buses and streetcars for free and explore the city and its museums on your own
Since many Swiss cities are located on a lake, you can perfectly complement your city trip with a boat trip or two
These are just a few suggestions on how you can organize your trip with the Swiss Travel Pass. But they give you an idea of what is possible. So let your creativity run free when planning your trip. In our Travel Guide you will find more inspiration, which destinations could be possible for you
Switzerland is an absolute hiker's paradise. In this travel guide we have picked out 53 hikes for you
However, the starting and ending points of many hiking routes are somewhat remote and often not accessible by train. Good that there are post buses. These yellow buses are especially widespread in peripheral regions and are known for providing access to even the most remote villages. With the Swiss Travel Pass you have access to all postbus lines in Switzerland
So you can easily travel to and from your next hike by public transport. Whether you go hiking in one of the 19 nature parks of Switzerland, the national park, in Ticino or in the Jura, it doesn't matter. The Swiss Travel Pass helps you get where you want to go.
The Swiss Travel Pass is extremely good value for money. The offer you can use with this great ticket is incredibly extensive in the dense transport network of Switzerland. If used frequently, the Swiss Travel Pass will quickly pay for itself and let you enjoy the breathtaking Swiss landscape at a comparatively low price
With the pass also comes flexibility and extra time. You can board any bus, train, streetcar and most boats without having to buy a ticket. So if you spontaneously want to stay a little longer in one place or have to choose another destination at short notice due to the weather, the Swiss Travel Pass makes this possible. You also get discounts on the cable cars that access the numerous mountain peaks in Switzerland
Swiss Activities Tip: The price per day is reduced for longer durations calculated down to the single day. To make the shorter pass worthwhile for 3 or 4 days, you need to use it for a higher value than if you are traveling for 6, 8 or even 15 days.
In the following cases the Swiss Travel Pass is worthwhile for you:
With the SBB Saver Day Pass, you can travel throughout Switzerland without restrictions and use all means of public transport for as little as CHF 29. The earlier you book, the higher your chances of benefiting from attractive discounts. It can actually be an alternative to the Swiss Travel Pass if you know your travel dates early enough.
The SBB Saver Day Pass is bound to a fixed date and cannot be cancelled. So you give up your flexibility to a certain extent, but you can save money. You can buy these tickets up to 6 months in advance. They are valid on the selected day in the entire network of public transport in Switzerland (GA area). This way you travel freely throughout the country by boat, bus, streetcar, post bus and train during one day, until 5:00 am the following day.
You can find the minimum prices of this ticket in the table. When the cheapest prices are sold out, it increases to the next cheapest price.
|2nd class (Half-Fare)||29 CHF|
|2nd class||52 CHF|
|1st class (half-fare card)||59 CHF|
|1st class||88 CHF|
The following table helps you to decide up to which price a SBB Saver Day Pass is cheaper than the Swiss Travel Pass (STP). The calculation was based on the prices in 2nd class without Swiss Half Fare Card. So if you find your required number of saver day tickets at an average price that is lower than the values in the table, it is not worth buying the Swiss Travel Pass (Flex).
|Number of days||STP (per day)||STP Flex (per day)|
|3||77 CHF||89 CHF|
|4||70 CHF||81 CHF|
|6||60 CHF||64 CHF|
|8||48 CHF||51 CHF|
|15||28 CHF||30 CHF|
So you see, the longer you are in Switzerland, the more worthwhile a Swiss Travel Pass is. However, if you want to use public transport between 3 and 6 days, buying SBB Saver Day Passes can be cheaper.
As you can see, the Swiss Travel Pass is ideal for people who want to do and experience a lot while traveling in Switzerland. Basically, the Swiss Travel Pass is a great option for discovering Switzerland and making your trip a destination. With all its included services, it is your ideal companion on your trip and can help you save money in Switzerland.
Only you can decide if the Swiss Travel Pass is worth it. If you are not quite sure whether you want to buy it or not, we recommend a rough calculation. Make a rough plan of where you want to travel and use the timetable function on the SBB website to estimate the prices for your routes.
This will give you a good feel for whether the pass is worth it for you in combination with a visit to a museum or two.
As a final tip, we can give you the following: With an all-inclusive ticket in your pocket, you're more likely to discover more of Switzerland. Especially if you are price-conscious and often calculate the costs in your head, a ticket that includes everything is absolutely worth its weight in gold. You can make it your challenge to explore as much of Switzerland as possible and get the most out of your Swiss Travel Pass. After all, you paid for it.