Switzerland

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Home to the Matterhorn and flower-strewn meadows, sample the Bear Garden in Bern, the Palais des Nations in Geneva and go Nordic walking in the mighty Alps.

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Popular journeys


Zurich Geneva 02:43 € 72
Interlaken Zurich 01:53 € 56
Basel Zurich 00:53 € 24
Geneva Interlaken 02:33 € 59
Zurich Lucerne 00:45 € 19
Geneva Basel 02:35 € 64
Interlaken Basel 01:54 € 44
Lucerne Geneva 02:45 € 57
Lucerne Interlaken 01:05 € 37
Bern Zurich 00:56 € 40
Basel Lucerne 01:01 € 24
Geneva Bern 01:41 € 37
Bern Interlaken 00:42 € 22
Basel Bern 00:56 € 29
Lucerne Bern 01:00 € 30
Zurich Lausanne 02:08 € 66
Geneva Lausanne 00:33 € 16
Interlaken Lausanne 02:05 € 43
Lausanne Basel 02:08 € 56
Lausanne Lucerne 02:10 € 50
Bern Lausanne 01:06 € 26
Zurich Weinfelden 00:45 € 16
Uster Zurich 00:14 € 7
Zurich Martigny 02:47 € 68
Bellinzona Zurich 02:15 € 54
Zurich Brunnen 00:55 € 18
Biel Zurich 02:37 € 60
Arth Goldau Zurich 00:38 € 25
Arosa Zurich 02:31 € 40

Switzerland

The national railway company of Switzerland is known as the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS). Switzerland has a very efficient railway network. Train tickets for trains operating in Switzerland can be booked in advance. International trains connect Switzerland with neighbouring countries such as France and Italy. Book tickets to visit main cities of Switzerland by train. Swiss cities including Geneva, Bern and Lausanne are all served by trains.

Cityscape

Switzerland is very proud of its excellent public transport system so take advantage and fit in as much of the country as you can during your stay. Visit the capital Bern to see the legendary clock tower, or visit Lausanne, just an hour away by Swiss Travel System train, for the cathedral and fascinating bridges. For something a bit different the Old Town in Zurich has some excellent nightlife.

Landscape

You’ll find everything here; lakes, orchards, palm trees (in Ascona), glaciers (in Valais), mountains, and all less than a three-hour train journey apart.

Take Home

A Swiss army knife has to be top of the list, and of course the jewellery and watches are some of the best in the world. If none of these take your fancy then a dose of good old Swiss cheese and chocolate are sure to suffice, Toblerone anyone?

Eat & Drink

You can’t go to Switzerland and not have a fondue, all that cheese bubbling away, yum, yum. Potato dishes, tarts and quiches are also very popular, and take a trip around one of the many chocolate factories; they usually let you have loads of samples!

New Perspective

Take a Segway city tour in Basel, Switzerland’s third largest city and just an hour’s train ride from Zurich. A Segway, if you don’t know, is a two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle that allows you to get around faster. A great way to view the city!

Rail Pass benefits in Switzerland

Cruises/Ferries (Lakes and Rivers)

  • Reduction on regular boat services on the lakes of Geneva, Luzern, Thun, Brienz, Zurich and Biel. These are seasonal services, so please consult timetables. www.bls.ch; www.cgn.ch; www.bielersee.ch; www.zsg.ch
  • Discount on regular boat services on the river Aare between Biel and Solothurn. These are seasonal services, so please consult timetables.
  • 50% reduction on boats on Lake Constance (Bodensee) operated by BSB, SBS and ÖBB (from May to October).
  • Discounted fare on the Wilhelm Tell Express, the nostalgic boat crossing Luzern-Flüelen including lunch and welcome package, and connecting train ride to Locarno/Lugano: (reservation compulsory)
  • Cable Cars and Funiculars up to the montain peaks (discount of 25%-50%)
  • Reduction on the Titlis Rotair Cableway from Engleberg
  • Reduction on the Stanserhorn funicular/cable railway
  • Reduction to the summit of Mount Pilatus (near Lucerne), by funicular from Alpnachstad, as well as by cable car from Kriens.
  • Discount on MGB cable cars between Gornergrat & Zermatt
  • Private Rail Roads (discount of 25%-50%)
  • Rigi Railways
  • The Jungfrau Region Railways
  • Glacier Express between Disentis & Zermatt
  • MGB trains between Andermatt and Göschenen
  • BLM Lauterbrunnen - Grütschalp - Mürren
  • BOB Berner Oberland - Bahnen
  • WAB Wengeralpbahn
  • BET Bergbahnen Engelberg-Trubsee-Titlis/Engelberg-Kleintitlis
  • Golden Pass between Montreux-Interlaken-Luzern

Trains

  • Free travel on Centovalli railway to Domodossola (Italy)
  • Free access to the SBB lounge in Zurich HB for 1st class passholders.

Buses
Free travel on Rhätische Bahn AG including travel from Tirano-Lugano.

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Customer reviews

  • "Wonderful Joureny On RailEurop"

      Santosh Anantrao m. 
    I traveled from Venice the city of love to Rome, the historic city on rail Europe. We traveled in 1st class where we were served welcome drinks. The seats were comfortable and the train was neat and clean. It was great experience, the trained reached on time to Rome!!  
  • "In time"

      Santosh Anantrao m.  23/06/2015
    Train was in time and spotless.  
  • "Pleasant trip"

      Wai Meng c.  23/06/2015
    The trip from Oslo to Myrdal was good. Train departed and arrived on time.  
  • "better than average"

      Thomas l.  23/06/2015
    I had a comfortable trip using raileurope and traveling via TGV. I didn't understand the difference between 1st and 2nd class. I travelled in an older 1st class car and saw that there were newer cars available. The washrooms were decent. Similar to plane washrooms but one of the washrooms in the food car had a really terrible smell and since it was a very busy door, the smell travelled to our car. The stops are announced only in French on the TGV for our trip from Paris to Arles but a quick look outside and you see the stops. The train ride is very comfortable and smooth, ticketing process is simple and stress free. I had my ticket on my iPhone. Power plugs were a big bonus since we had brought a laptop for movies. The price is quite high considering a trip from Toronto to Montreal using via rail is less than 200CAD and a trip from Toronto to New York is around 250CAD by train. I would consider the train over flying only because it is quick and convenient eg: no security checks or lines. But be at least 15 minutes early. The train comes and goes right on the minute. It is very on-time.  
  • "Paris - Nevers Sat. AM"

      Paul n.  23/06/2015
    First class definitely worth the cost for the extra room. Seat was comfortable and had power for computer. Only disappointment was that the train had to stop for "security," so was 20 minutes late for the arrival.  
  • "My trip from Firenze to Pisa "

      Sajir t.  23/06/2015
    Your trains were indeed superb. We had a stress free and an enjoyable ride.  
  • "Paris Nord - Amsterdam C S "

      Sajir t.  23/06/2015
    Being travellers on holiday from India , Adequate information is not available in English . The train departure stations are given only 10-15 min in advance and this becomes very inconvenient as we were travelling with baggage. Tickets are expected to be printed in paper , and this is not convenient as most travellers book tickets on line and are not accessible to computer printing stations. Either e- tickets on phone or ipads should be acceptable or printing stations should be available at the information counters on the stations. The same is acceptable when travelling by air or when booking hotels. Comfort - very good . Value for money - Very good . Convenience - poor to average but definitely needs improvement.  
  • "nice trip"

      Ahmad q.  22/06/2015
    nice and comfortable trip.  
  • "Trip to Sevilla"

      Wayne m.  22/06/2015
    This was a very pleasant journey. The train was on time and seats were very comfortable. The trip allowed me to enjoy the beauty of the Andalucian countryside.  
  • "Excellent"

      Connie j.  22/06/2015
    Train was very clean, spacious, comfortable and on time. Staff spoke English. Drinks were offered for no fee. Excellent trip.  
  • "Travel by train"

      Rina a.  22/06/2015
    Convinience, no issue  
  • "Was very nice trip"

      Abdurrahman a.  22/06/2015
    Nice  
  • "Good and comfortable "

      Rashmi k.  22/06/2015
    Very comfortable and super fast trains. Easily accessible too.  
  • "good experience"

      Yara k.  22/06/2015
    I enjoyed the trip but only wish that the tunnel was made of glass so it looks like an aquarium as opposed to a dark and claustrophobic tunnel for 25 minutes  
  • "Smooth and comfortable "

      Soo Tow l.  22/06/2015
    The train ride was smooth and comfortable. The meal provided was tasty and the departure and arrival were timely. Overall it is a good experience.  
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