Swiss Travel PassFrom € 163 From € 163 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 pass to discover Switzerland. You can use trains, buses and even lake ferries to reach any destination including popular cities like Bern, Geneva, Locarno, Zurich and Lausanne.
In Switzerland, trains, buses and lake ferries are always waiting to take you to your dream destination. Whether you want to take a scenic train for the heights or travel from one city to another, the Swiss Travel Pass is your all-in-one pass for unlimited travel in Switzerland!
Hop on and off trains, buses and ferries at any time according to your desires and encounters. Just show up at the nearest train station ready to explore a new destination. Bear in mind that some private and scenic trains require a seat reservation. (See ‘Things to know’ for more information)
The Swiss Travel Pass is packed with bonuses to make your trip even more enjoyable. Free public transportation, discounted city tours, free museum entrance, free ferry trips and more are included in your pass.
Whether you are the adventurous traveller or the avid planner the Swiss Travel Pass is your pass to freedom and the key to an unforgettable trip!
The Swiss Travel Pass is great for families too! When confirming that you will be travelling together, you will be provided with a Swiss Family Card. It allows children aged 6 to under 16 to travel free of charge!
Experience a unique travel experience which will offer you the most attractive panorama routes in Switzerland with the Grand Train Tour. The entire tour can be undertaken with the convenient Swiss Travel Pass, which means that you can start the tour from any city and travel at your own pace. Just make sure that you reserve your seat in advance on board special scenic trains.
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.
A seat reservation is a guaranteed seat on board a train.
Seat reservations are compulsory for high speed, international and night trains. However, as you will be travelling with a rail pass, you will only have to pay for a small reservation fee, as opposed to the usual standard fare.
Seats are generally available for reservation up to 90 days prior to departure and are limited. Book early to secure your seat!
Book a seat reservation with Rail Europe.
Most regional trains do not require a seat reservation. Just hop on board with a valid rail pass, find a seat and relax as the train takes you to one of the many destinations served.
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.
- Free public transportation systems in main Swiss Cities.
- Special Passholder fares on TGV Lyria
- Special passholder fares on CityNightLine (on the route from/to Switzerland).
- Free admission to more than 450 museums and exhibits in Switzerland.
- 50% discount with the Swiss Travel Pass on Cable cars and Mountain trains not included in the Swiss travel System range of passes. If you have a Swiss Travel Pass Flex, the use of a travel day is required to benefit from the discount.
Interactive Rail Map
Use our interactive travel map to plan your trip and view the rail network of each country covered by your rail pass.
- A. Any bonus that is free will use a travel day on your railpass. Discounted bonuses will not require the use of a travel day, but do require that the railpass is valid.
- A. The best option for 3 passengers is a T3 if it is available. T3 compartments are not offered on all trains. If a T3 is not available then passengers will be advised to divide their party. You can also book a T4 or T6 based on availability and restrictions.
- A. A Swiss pass is valid on trains operated by SBB (Schweizerische BundesBahn), the national railway company of Switzerland. For domestic trains in Switzerland operated, seat reservations are not required. Exceptions are the special scenic trains such as Bernina Express, Glacier Express, Golden Pass and Wilhelm Tell Express. For these trains, a supplement and/or seat reservation is required for Swiss Pass holders. There are also some international trains from Switzerland that require a reservation fee. Examples are the ICE International to Germany, the TGV Lyria to France and the Railjet to Budapest.
- A. You can get free (or cheap) boat trips, discounts on rail travel, free admission in museums, a 50% discount on mountain top excursions and more. You can obtain these benefits locally by showing your Swiss pass, or you can contact the specific benefit company in advance. The discount benefits apply during the validity of your Swiss pass, whereas free passage on trains, buses or ferries is only valid on travel days.
- A. Your Eurail Select pass must be validated by a railway official in one of the countries mentioned on the Eurail Select Pass (station’s desk) who also fills your first and last day of travel in the passport number.
- A. In most cases, railpasses are not accepted on city transportation systems such as buses and subways. Passes will generally cover local commuter trains that are above ground. The exception to this is the Swiss Pass, which is valid for transportation in 37 Swiss cities.
- 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. There are no check-in or customs procedures before boarding a Frecciarossa train. Though, ticket control and passport checks will occur on board Frecciarossa train.
- 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. All ICE trains convey a Bordbistro and/or a Bordrestaurant. Depending on the time of the day, you can choose from various breakfast menus to suit any taste or main dishes from the "à la carte" menu. In addition to the standard dishes, the menu often features German and European regional specialties freshly prepared. The Bordbistro serves snacks and a wide selection of beverages which you can enjoy there or take back to your seat. In 1st Class coaches a selection of beverages and meals from the menus can be served at your seat on request. Snacks and beverages are also available at your seat in 2nd Class on ICE trains.
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Reviews & ratings Swiss Travel Pass
Overall rating (94)
Overall appreciationExcellent 59% Very good 32% Average 8% Poor 1% Terrible 0%
- "easy travel" Ujjal Kumar b. 18/05/2016
Everything was very satisfactory including assistance at the stations. But we faced problem with luggage space in the train and there was not enough leg space in the train. Value for money Convenience
- "Wonderful " Sok Mun, Maggie c. 21/04/2016
Swiss Travel Pass was very easy to use. During my 14 days in Swiss, I travelled using the Swiss Pass and the timing of the trains were on time. Train comfort was good and it was easy to move around even for a tourist like me. In terms of improvement, can be better in terms of cleanliness on train and the WC. Overall, I would rate it as very good! Value for money Convenience
- "8 day Swiss Pass is great" Alicyn r. 07/04/2016
Our trip took us from Zurich (on business) to the Alps (Interlaken and Wengen), to Bern, to Basel. The train schedule between these locations was prompt, and generally left every half- or every hour. Having the flexibility to switch trains, change plans, move between cities or on the local trains, trams and bus, and having the benefit of reduced rates in the mountains...this was great. I cannot imagine the stress of such a trip if we were trying to keep a strict schedule...we had an 8 month old baby with us! The only challenge was getting the stroller onto some trains, but the other passengers were generally very helpful, helping us to lift the stroller onto the trains if we needed it. Super impressed and we will do this again. Value for money Convenience
- "a exellent way to get around!" Heila v. 03/04/2016
easy to follow, and the station in Lucerne was a GEM!! Make sure you exploit all the options yourself, as the staff is not always totally up to speed. the trains were up to date and the Boat trip was fabulous, food and drinks was just exspensive on board! the Pilatus trip was a must do, althouhg certain legs on the trip cost xtra The best was the bernina exspress! beautiful train and exellent staff! we had a bad exsperience on the way to Nice with an unhelpfull conducter when our bag was snatched, but we got it back, Value for money Convenience
- "Swiss Travel Pass - Fuss Free!" Roselin k. 29/03/2016
A great way to travel within Switzerland with this pass. Fuss free as you can just hop on Value for money Convenience
- "STP" Amnon o. 21/02/2016
easy to use and comfortable. benefits beyod regular single tickets. Value for money Convenience
- "Excellent" Deepak v. 19/02/2016
We loved travelled using RailEurope. The connectivity and frequency of trains are amazing Value for money Convenience
- "Convenience and comfort.." Venkatesh p. 13/02/2016
Super convenient and comfortable way of travel within Europe between cities. Pluses - stations within the city, no hassles of airport check in, security etc., getting around is easy, luggage racks make for easy stowage, superfast trains ensure a scenic journey to your destinations. Minuses - watch out for the confusing numbering systems of platforms in some cities Value for money Convenience
- "4-Day Pass in Switzerland" Glen c. 12/02/2016
Switzerland is such an expensive country to be in. This 4-day pass enables to me travel all over the country cheaper and extensively. Best check with Rail Europe customer service advice for the best type of ticket/travel pass to suit your itinerary. And remember, you must record each trip on the form provided, or you be in trouble be the travel officials whom check the train all the time. Value for money Convenience
- "PRICE" Izonel f. 11/02/2016
Few years was convent,easy . Now must calculate the effiency . Value for money Convenience
- "Familytrip on Swiss Travelpass" Gururaj p. 09/02/2016
Swiss Travel pass was awesome, convenient and real value for money. It saved a lot of efforts and we really enjoyed our trip. Value for money Convenience
- "Surprisingly Easy " Chuey Fen c. 05/02/2016
I brought my 5 yrs old girl along to Switzerland and was worried about the complicated multiple lines journey to different location. I am so impressed with the punctuality of arrival time and the detailed info on which platform the trains arrival and how to connect. It is extremely easy to use the train! Value for money Convenience
- "Swiss Rail System" Prashant d. 25/01/2016
The Swiss First Class pass suggested by my wife turned out to be an outstanding experience. Very few persons use First class so reservations were never needed. The Glacier express was excellent though we found Bernina express route much more picturesque. Travel 26-28 Sep 2015. Value for money Convenience
- "Buying the pass is worth it" Fatimatuz Zahrak a. 22/01/2016
I came across this website to buy the ticket for Swiss pass. And at first i taught it was quite expensive but when i am in Swiss, I find it very worth it. It covers all transportation there. We could even get cheaper price tickets of the cable car because we have this pass. It is totally worth the price to get this because we can also go from one end to the other end of Swiss Value for money Convenience
- "10/9Zurich-Lausanne fast train" Gregor d. 21/01/2016
Initially very crowded train, few spare seats, no room for large luggage pieces. After leaving suburbs more room became available as commuters left at successive stations. after that exhilarating journey at high speed, smooth, comfortable. Value for money Convenience