Switzerland by train

Flexible Travel on Multiple Routes
Flexible Travel on Multiple Routes
Flexible Exchanges and Cancellations
Flexible Exchanges and Cancellations
Extra discounts for youths, seniors & families
Extra discounts for youths, seniors & families



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Eurail Global Flexible Pass with 2nd Class Seats (20% Off Limited Time Promo)

from
CHF 273.85
Free cancellation

Free cancellation anytime before the start of your experience

Extended validity
Mobile ticket
Flexible duration
Highlights
Inclusions
Need to Know
How to Use
Cancellation Policy
  • Buckle up, Eurail is giving 20% off on passes purchased from Jul 4 to 18 and activated from Sep 1 – unlimited travel in 33 European countries made hassle-free.
  • The 4, 5, and 7-day passes are valid for 30 days post activation, and the 10 and 15-day passes for 60 days, making itinerary planning hassle-free.
  • Plan same-day connections between Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, and more, making connectivity effortless.
  • Eurail 2nd class serves up comfy train journeys with plush or leather seats for a chill, and relaxing European adventure.
  • Go paperless and simply download the app, scan your pass, and get direct entry to the platform without worrying about standing in line.

Inclusions

  • Access to 33 European countries
  • 4/5/7/10/15-day validity
  • 2nd class seats
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ample luggage space
  • AC onboard

Exclusions

  • Reserved seats
  • Tip: Remember to travel light and efficiently as you’ll be carrying luggage on and off trains.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility, Pram/Stroller Accessibility.
  • This pass cannot be sold or used by residents of Europe, the Russian Federation, and Turkey.
  • Seat/bed reservations for mandatory bookable trains need to be purchased at an additional cost to the rail pass.
  • Before Activation: The pass must be activated through the Eurail Rail Planner App within 11 months after the date of purchase and before the first travel.
  • During Activation: Here is a detailed guide to help you activate your Eurail Pass.
  • After Activation: The 4, 5, and 7-day passes are valid for 30 days after activation, and the 10 and 15-day passes for 60 days after activation.
  • Free cancellation anytime before the start of your experience
  • These tickets are valid for 11 months from the date of purchase.
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Eurail Global Flexible Pass with 1st Class Seats (20% Off Limited Time Promo)

from
CHF 347.39
Free cancellation

Free cancellation anytime before the start of your experience

Extended validity
Mobile ticket
Flexible duration
Highlights
Inclusions
Need to know
Cancellation Policy
  • Save big on Eurail Flexipass and explore 33 countries – 20% off on passes from Jul 4-18, with travel beginning Sep 1.
  • Budget travel? You got it! Quit buying multiple rail tickets and choose a Flexipass plan from 4 to 15 days to experience the best of Europe.
  • Become a country hopper and make your own plan – You can explore Munich's vibrant beer gardens in the morning and see the majestic Austrian Alps by evening.
  • Travel in 1st class with comfortable seats and air conditioning, catch up on TV shows with free WiFi, and store all your bags with spacious storage.
  • Download the Eurail app instead of printing a pass. Just scan at the platform and walk past the ticketing lines onto the Eurail coaches.

Inclusions

  • Access to 33 European Countries (see list here)
  • 1st class seats: Individually adjustable seats, more legroom, cabin service
  • 4/5/7/10/15-day validity within 30 days after activation
  • Free WiFi
  • Ample luggage space
  • AC onboard

Exclusions

  • Reserved seats
  • This experience is wheelchair and pram/stroller accessible.
  • Seat/bed reservations for mandatory bookable trains must be purchased at an additional cost to the rail pass.
  • This pass cannot be sold or used by residents of Europe, the Russian Federation, and Turkey.
  • Free cancellation anytime before the start of your experience
  • These tickets are valid for 11 months from the date of purchase.
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Interrail Global Flexible Pass with 2nd Class Seats (20% Off Limited Time Promo)

from
CHF 273.85
Free cancellation

Free cancellation anytime before the start of your experience

Extended validity
Mobile ticket
Flexible duration
Highlights
Inclusions
Need to know
How to use
Cancellation Policy
  • Get on track across 40,000 destinations for less with 20% off on rail passes when you book from July 4-18, ready to roll from Sep 1.
  • Choose between a 4, 5, or 7-day pass that stays valid for a month after activation, or get a 10 or 15-day pass that's valid for 2 months after activation.
  • Simplify your connections and travel with 40 rail and ferry companies in Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, and more.
  • Join fellow travelers and families like yours with these affordable 2nd class tickets.
  • Just download the app, scan your pass, and skip the long winding queues with your mobile pass.

Inclusions

  • 4/5/7/10/15-day pass in 33 European countries
  • 2nd class seats
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ample luggage space
  • AC onboard

Exclusions

  • Reserved seats
  • Tip: Night trains can save you travel time and accommodation costs. Consider taking night trains for longer journeys to maximize your days for exploration.
  • This pass is specific to EU residents. It cannot be sold to non-European travelers or used in the country of residence of the traveler (only 2 journeys are allowed in the home country to leave and return).
  • Seat/bed reservations for mandatory bookable trains need to be purchased at an additional cost to the rail pass.
  • Before Activation: The pass must be activated through the Eurail Rail Planner App within 11 months after the date of purchase and before the first travel.
  • Please click here for a detailed guide to activating your Interrail Pass.
  • After Activation: The 4, 5, and 7-day passes are valid for 30 days after activation, and the 10 and 15-day passes are valid for 60 days after activation.
  • Free cancellation anytime before the start of your experience
  • These tickets are valid for 11 months from the date of purchase.
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Swiss Travel Pass: Train, Bus, Boat, Cable Car & 500 Museums Tickets and Public Transport Discounts

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CHF 244
Free cancellation

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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  • Benefit from access to tickets for regular and premium trains, buses, and boats with the cost-effective Swiss Travel Pass.
  • Enjoy 3, 4, 6, 8, or 15 consecutive days of access to Switzerland's public transit in more than 90 cities and towns.
  • Opt for 2nd tickets or exclusive 1st class tickets on panoramic trains & Swiss boat trips.
  • Get unlimited travel on premium panorama trains such as the Glacier Express, Luzern Interlaken Express, and more.
  • Your pass includes excursions by the Rigi, Stoosbahn, and CabriO Stanserhorn, along with discounted tickets on cable cars and mountain railways like Jungfraujoch!

Inclusions

  • Swiss Travel Pass in Switzerland (route map here)
  • 1st or 2nd class seats (optional)
  • Unlimited access to train, bus, boat, and mountain railway tickets
  • Unlimited travel on premium panorama trains: Glacier Express, Bernina Express, Golden Pass MOB, Gothard Panorama Express, and Luzern Interlaken Express
  • Unlimited use of public transit in more than 90 towns & cities within Switzerland
  • Free admission to 500+ museums - click here to know more.
  • Mountain excursions to Brunni, Klewenalp, Rigi, Stanserhorn and Stoos
  • Discounts available for mountain railways and cable cars
  • Tip: Always carry your pass with you, as ticket inspectors may request to see it on trains and at attractions.
  • Staff is available for guests requiring disability assistance.
  • This pass is valid only for residents outside of Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
  • Cards are pre-validated at the time of purchase and can be purchased 6 months in advance.
  • Children under 16 travel free when accompanied by a parent.
  • This is a public transportation service, seating will be on a first-come first-serve basis.
  • Travel for free on a few designated routes by simply presenting your pass and passport/proof of residence to the conductor on the train. No need to buy a separate ticket beforehand!
  • While seat reservation is not necessary for most of the routes, please confirm before you travel as the seat reservation fee is not included in the pass.
  • An electronic voucher will be sent to your email instantly after booking confirmation.
  • Your pass will be activated on the day selected during booking.
  • For example, if you picked the 3-day pass, your pass is valid for 3 consecutive days. It ends at 5am on the day following the last day.
  • Note : Unused and unactivated passes are refundable up to 1 day prior to the 1st date of validity. Thereafter, fees are applied on the 1st day of validity or later, if evidence of non-use is supplied. For this, Rail Europe needs to be contacted. The claim for a refund will be refused if no proof of partial non-use is presented.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Interrail Global Flexible Pass with 1st Class Seats (20% Off Limited Time Promo)

from
CHF 347.39
Free cancellation

Free cancellation anytime before the start of your experience

Extended validity
Mobile ticket
Flexible duration
Highlights
Inclusions
Need to know
How to use
Cancellation Policy
  • Unlock epic savings on Europe’s national rail networks with 20% off on passes booked by July 18, valid for journeys beginning Sep 1.
  • Choose between a 4, 5, or 7-day pass that stays valid for a month after activation, or get a 10 or 15-day pass that's valid for 2 months after activation.
  • Simplify your connections and travel with 40 rail and ferry companies in Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, and more.
  • Get a peaceful 'do not disturb environment' with these 1st class tickets.
  • Just download the app, scan your pass, and skip the long winding queues with your mobile pass.

Inclusions

  • 4/5/7/10/15-day pass in 33 European countries
  • 1st class seats
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ample luggage space
  • AC onboard

Exclusions

  • Reserved seats
  • Tip: Night trains can save you travel time and accommodation costs. Consider taking night trains for longer journeys to maximize your days for exploration.
  • This pass is specific to EU residents. It cannot be sold to non-European travelers or used in the country of residence of the traveler (only 2 journeys are allowed in the home country to leave and return).
  • Seat/bed reservations for mandatory bookable trains need to be purchased at an additional cost to the rail pass.
  • Before Activation: The pass must be activated through the Eurail Rail Planner App within 11 months after the date of purchase and before the first travel.
  • Please click here for a detailed guide to activating your Interrail Pass.
  • After Activation: The 4, 5, and 7-day passes are valid for 30 days after activation, and the 10 and 15-day passes are valid for 60 days after activation.
  • Free cancellation anytime before the start of your experience
  • These tickets are valid for 11 months from the date of purchase.
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From Lucerne/Zürich/Geneva: Jungfraujoch Guided Day Tour

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CHF 269
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You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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11 hr. 30 min. - 13 hr.
Guided tour
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  • Whether you're in Lucerne, Zürich or Geneva, this full-day guided tour to the Top of Europe has got you covered from road to mountain rail.
  • Learn-as-you-go from an expert English-speaking guide on comfortable transfers to Lauterbrunnen. From here, ascend by rackrail and cogwheel train.
  • At Jungfraujoch, enjoy breathtaking views of the Aletsch Glacier from the Sphinx terrace and mesmerizing frozen statues in the Ice Palace.
  • If you're traveling from Lucerne or Zürich, your tour includes descent by the Eiger Express aerial cable car.
  • Reminisce about your day in the frosty fantasyland as you stretch your legs and get dropped back to your city of choice.

Inclusions

  • Full-day guided tour around Jungfraujoch
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Pick up from Lucerne, Zürich or Geneva (as per option selected)
  • Round-trip AC coach transfers
  • Wengernalp rack railway tickets between Lauterbrunnen and Little Scheidegg
  • Round-trip cogwheel train tickets to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe
  • Access to the Sphinx Observatory, Ice Palace, Plateau & Alpine Sensation
  • Eiger Express gondola tickets from Eiger Glacier to Grindelwald Terminal (Lucerne or Zürich drop only)
  • Starting point: Lucerne/Zürich/Geneva (as per option selected)

Meet your guide and board your AC bus/coach at the location specified in your final voucher.

  • Interlaken

Take a short break and a stroll around this stunning resort town.

  • Lauterbrunnen

From here, get on the Wengernalp rack railway and enjoy a winding journey up to Kleine Scheidegg station.

  • Little Scheidegg

Catch the historic cogwheel train of Jungfrau Railway for your final ascent to the Top of Europe!

  • Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe

Enjoy a range of attractions up on this 'saddle', with access to the Sphinx Observatory, Ice Palace, Plateau & Alpine Sensation.

  • Eiger Glacier Station/Little Scheidegg

If you're traveling from Lucerne or Zürich, you will descend to Eiger Glacier Station and catch the Eiger Express gondola to Grindelwald. If you're traveling to Geneva, you will descend via rackrail from Kleine Scheidegg.

  • Grindelwald/Lauterbrunnen

Your coach back to Zürich Bus Station awaits. Ride comfortably and soak in the memories of the day.

  • End point: Lucerne/Zürich/Geneva (as per option selected)
  • Tip: Treat yourself to an authentic Swiss meal at one of the local restaurants in Jungfraujoch offering delicious meals and scenic views.
  • This experience is wheelchair and pram/stroller accessible.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Eurail Global Continuous Pass with 2nd Class Seats (20% Off Limited Time Promo)

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Extended validity
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  • Save 20% off on passes purchased from Jul 4 to 18, valid for activation starting Sep 1, and explore 33 European countries with continuous travel.
  • Choose between 15 days, 22 days, 1 month, 2 months, or 3 months of continuous travel days.
  • Plan same-day connections between Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, and more, making connectivity effortless.
  • Get free Wi-Fi, ample luggage space and enjoy air conditioning in 2nd class.
  • Go paperless and simply download the app, scan your pass, and get direct entry to the platform without worrying about standing in line.

Inclusions

  • Access to 33 European countries
  • 15/22-day or 1/2/3-month validity
  • 2nd class seats
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ample luggage space
  • AC onboard

Exclusions

  • Reserved seats
  • Tip: Remember to travel light and efficiently as you’ll be carrying luggage on and off trains.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility, Pram/Stroller Accessibility.
  • This pass cannot be sold or used by residents of Europe, the Russian Federation, and Turkey.
  • Seat/bed reservations for mandatory bookable trains need to be purchased at an additional cost to the rail pass.
  • Before Activation: The pass must be activated through the Eurail Rail Planner App within 11 months after the date of purchase and before the first travel.
  • Please click here for a detailed guide to activating your Eurail Pass.
  • After Activation: The passes are valid for 15, 22 days, 1, 2 or 3 months continuously after activation. You can use your pass to travel every day within that period.
  • Free cancellation anytime before the start of your experience
  • These tickets are valid for 11 months from the date of purchase.
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  • Ticking off 33 European countries just got a whole lot easier. This 1st class Eurail pass offers 20% off from Jul 4-18, valid for activation starting Sep 1.
  • Trains are just the first thread. Buses, subways, and regional railways seamlessly take you to your final stop, making multi-city adventures a breeze.
  • One pass puts you close to the best of Europe – the architectural wonders of Germany, the vibrant culture of Spain, the delectable cuisine of France, and more.
  • Plush 1st class seats keep you comfy in AC and WiFi-enabled rail coaches, while generous luggage space stores your souvenirs.
  • Download the Eurail app and say goodbye to paper woes. A quick scan of your pass grants queue-free platform access – simple as that.

Inclusions

  • Access to 33 European Countries (see list here)
  • 1st class seats: Individually adjustable seats, more legroom, cabin service
  • 15/22-day or 1/2/3-month validity
  • Free WiFi
  • Ample luggage space
  • AC onboard

Exclusions

  • Reserved seats
  • This experience is wheelchair and pram/stroller accessible.
  • Seat/bed reservations for mandatory bookable trains must be purchased at an additional cost to the rail pass.
  • This pass cannot be sold or used by residents of Europe, the Russian Federation, and Turkey.
  • Free cancellation anytime before the start of your experience
  • These tickets are valid for 11 months from the date of purchase.
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  • A cost-saving combo offering a Swiss Half Fare Card for public transport, and tickets to the Top of Europe by Eiger Express from Grindelwald!
  • Relish in 360° alpine views on the glass gondola up to Eiger Glacier, followed by a historic cogwheel railway to Jungfraujoch.
  • Make the most of your time here. Feel the crunch of fresh snow as you walk out to the Plateau viewpoint, and spot glacial figurines in the Ice Palace.
  • Get 50% off on trains, buses, boats, and public transport in 90+ cities of Switzerland. To use unlimited times over a month!
  • Directly purchase discounted tickets for your desired route, like the Glacier Express and Gotthard Panorama Express, with 1st class access.

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Jungfraujoch Round-Trip from Grindelwald

  • Round-trip Eiger Express gondola tickets from Grindelwald Terminal to Eiger Glacier
  • Round-trip cogwheel train tickets from Eiger Glacier to Jungfraujoch
  • Access to the Sphinx Observatory, Ice Palace, Plateau & Alpine Sensation at Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe

Swiss Half Fare Card

  • Swiss Half-Fare Card in Switzerland (route map here)
  • 50% discount on train, bus, boat, and mountain railway tickets
  • 1st and 2nd class train seats

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Jungfraujoch Round-Trip from Grindelwald

  • Access to Snow Fun Park

Swiss Half Fare Card

  • Reserved seats

Jungfraujoch Round-Trip from Grindelwald

Board the sleek Eiger Express cable car and enjoy a panoramic ascent to Eiger Glacier Station.

  • Eiger Glacier Station

Over here, gain access to numerous skiing and hiking routes, as well as connections for the final leg of your journey to Jungfraujoch – the cogwheel train.

  • Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe

Enjoy a range of attractions up on this 'saddle', with access to the Sphinx Observatory, Ice Palace, Plateau & Alpine Sensation. Spend 3 hours here before your scheduled descent.

  • Eiger Glacier Station

Travel back down to Eiger Glacier by cogwheel before boarding the Eiger Express gondola back down to Grindelwald.

Jungfraujoch Round-Trip from Grindelwald

  • This experience is wheelchair and pram/stroller accessible.
  • Note: This ticket also includes seat reservation for the descent. Descent is scheduled 3 hours later. If you miss boarding the gondola at the descent time, you'll have to wait in the queue for a long time.
  • For the Eigergletscher-Jungfraujoch route, you have the option to reserve a seat post-booking to avoid waiting times on peak days.

Swiss Half Fare Card

  • Staff is available for guests requiring disability assistance.
  • This pass is valid only for residents outside of Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
  • Cards are pre-validated at the time of purchase and can be purchased 6 months in advance.
  • Children under 16 travel free when accompanied by a parent.
  • This is a public transportation service, seating will be on a first-come first-serve basis.
  • A seat reservation and/or supplement is required to travel on some trains/
    buses/boats such as the Glacier Express, Bernina Express, Gotthard Panorama
    Express and Palm Express.

Swiss Half Fare Card

  • An electronic voucher will be sent to your email instantly after booking confirmation.
  • Tickets with the Half-Fare Card discount can be purchased online, at manned railway stations during opening hours, from the ticketing machines at rail stations, or through the SBB app.
  • Click here for information on the conditions and area of validity.
  • Your pass will be activated on the day selected during booking.
  • After activation, the card is valid for 1 calendar month.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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  • Explore the Bernese Oberland region with a 3 to 8-day Jungfrau pass, enjoying unlimited access to railway, boat, bus, and gondola rides.
  • Board the Jungfrau Railway and the Jungfraujoch ‘Top of Europe’ line for unmissable alpine views, the Eiger Express, and more.
  • Experience Schynige Platte's Swiss culture and exquisite alpine gardens via the Schynige Platte Railway.
  • Board the Harderbahn funicular train for a scenic journey that will transport you to the vantage point of Harder Kulm.
  • Access local bus transport and go on boat rides on the scenic Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, both surrounded by mountainside villages.

Inclusions

  • 3/4/5/6/7/8-day Jungfrau pass (as per ticket choice)
  • Unlimited travel to all included attractions, as listed here

Exclusions

  • Connecting ticket to Jungfraujoch from Eigergletscher
  • Tip: Experience the thrill of tobogganing down the mountain on specially designed routes, providing a unique and exhilarating way to enjoy the slopes.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility (only for the Jungfraujoch).
  • For the journey by wheelchair to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe, it's strongly recommended to use the tri-cable gondola Eiger Express from Grindelwald Terminal (via Eigergletscher station). If traveling via Kleine Scheidegg, transport cannot be guaranteed in all cases.
  • Pre-booking is essential for groups of 3 or more people in wheelchairs or for the journey via Kleine Scheidegg. A seat reservation is not necessary. Please inform the ticket office clerk at the departure station about the journey so that any assistance can be provided.
  • Seat reservation is recommended for single travelers, and a must for groups of 10 or more.
  • Parking spots are available at these railway stations: Interlaken Ost, Wilderswil, Lauterbrunnen, and Grindelwald Terminal.
  • Dogs can travel for free on these routes: Interlaken Ost – Lauterbrunnen, Interlaken Ost – Grindelwald, Interlaken – Harder Kulm, Wilderswil – Schynige Platte, Lauterbrunnen – Mürren, Lauterbrunnen – Kleine Scheidegg – Grindelwald, Grindelwald – First, Grindelwald Terminal –Eigergletscher, Grindelwald Grund – Kleine Scheidegg, Lauterbrunnen – Kleine Scheidegg.
  • For the journey between Eigergletscher and Jungfraujoch, and for the return trip, there is a fee of CHF 30 for each accompanying dog.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Switzerland, endowed with beautiful landscapes and cultures, is a traveler’s paradise. Traveling across this country via its railway network is always a good idea, given the efficiency and coverage of the system and its cost-effectiveness. You have the option to get individual train tickets but we recommend a Swiss rail pass for an extensive, immersive, and budget-conscious exploration with minimum hassle. Read on to learn why and what your Swiss rail pass choices are.

Types of train passes in Switzerland

Why buy a train pass in Switzerland?
Pass perks & travel tips
  • Great connectivity: The Swiss rail network finds its way even to remote towns, easily accessible with a rail pass.
  • Flexibility: With customization options, you can own a pass that truly caters to your travel needs and accommodates both planned & spontaneous trips.
  • Convenient: Ditch the hassle of buying tickets for every train ride by opting for the digital Swiss rail passes. 
  • Cost-Effective: Multiple train rides will cost you less with rail passes over individual tickets.
  • Picturesque rides: Switzerland train rides are never dull as the view is amazing & a rail pass is your best bet to access them easily.
  • Time-saver: Waste no time in ticket queues; simply turn up at the station with your pass and make adventures happen. 
  • Inclusions: Passes come with additional inclusions like access to landmarks & more that are not included in individual tickets.
  • Reduced pricing policies: Children often travel for free or at discounted rates with rail passes. 
  • Night trains: Take night trains to save travel time & accommodation costs.
  • Planning: Plan a rough itinerary to maximize your travel days & see your desired places while benefiting from the pass's flexibility.
  • Seat reservations: Keep in mind that reservation costs are not included in your pass. Check your train reservation requirements before boarding.
  • Facilities: Swiss trains are equipped with modern amenities like wheelchair & stroller accessibility, free Wi-Fi, ample luggage space, & air conditioning.
  • Travel light: Pack light and smart so that carrying luggage doesn't become a burden.
  • Connectivity: Trains are punctual & offer regular connections. Bus & boat timings are coordinated with the train timetable, to make further connectivity seamless.
  • Inclusions: Train passes add more value to your trip as they come with inclusions like mountain excursions, access to mountain railways, or museum access. Most Swiss train passes permit unlimited travel.

How to choose your train pass in Switzerland?

While selecting the ideal pass for your Swiss adventure, you need to consider your residency, travel itinerary, and preference. 

Step 1: Primary pass choice
Step 2: Choice based on itinerary
Step 3: Choice based on duration
Step 4: Choice based on comfort needs
Interrail/Eurail vs. Swiss Travel Passes

Your residency and the nature of connectivity will decide if you need a Eurail, Interrail, or Swiss Travel Pass.

Interrail Pass

  • Best suited for: European residents traveling via trains

Eurail Pass

  • Best suited for: Non-European residents commuting by train

Swiss Travel Pass

  • Best suited for: Non-residents of Switzerland & Liechtenstein who need access to the Swiss Travel System which includes trains, buses, boats, etc.
Global vs. One-Country Passes

If you have chosen Eurail or Interrail in Step 1, you will then decide if you need a Global or a One-Country Pass. 

Global Pass

  • Best suited for: Exploring Switzerland & other European destinations
  • Travel in trains across multiple European nations

One-Country Pass

  • Best suited for: Tourists exploring just Switzerland
  • Applicable in trains within a single European country like Switzerland

*Please note that Swiss Travel Passes are inherently one-country passes because they are mostly limited to Switzerland's public transportation system.

Flexi vs. Continuous Pass

You can decide between Flexi/Flexible Pass and Continuous Pass after estimating the actual number of days you will be traveling in trains. 

Flexi Pass

  • Best suited for: Passengers with plans for paced-out train rides
  • Active for a select number of random days within a timeframe

Continuous Pass

  • Best suited for: Passengers with plans for more frequent train connections without many breaks
  • Once activated, the pass remains valid continuously for the validity period
1st class vs. 2nd class

Your comfort needs should be considered when you decide to choose between 1st or 2nd class rail passes. 

First class 

  • Best suited for: Travelers who prefer a quieter journey with more comfort
  • Better amenities like spacious seats with wider legroom, larger work surfaces, better power supply, & sometimes at-seat catering

Second class

  • Best suited for: Travelers on a budget
  • Enjoy a communal & comfortable ride at affordable prices

The primary rail operator in Switzerland is the state-run Swiss Federal Railways (SBB). There are a lot of private railway companies as well, which make the travel system even more efficient, and passes sometimes cover these too. 

Scenic trains in Switzerland
International high-speed trains - Swiss Pass

International high-speed trains

Switzerland has an efficient & high-speed transit network with neighboring countries like EuroCity (EC) to Italy, Austria, Czechia & Germany; Railjet (RJX) to Austria, Slovakia &Hungary; EuroCityExpress (ECE) to Germany & Italy; and TGV to Paris and OBB Nightjet.

Intercity trains in Switzerland

Intercity trains

  • InterCity trains (IC): These trains link major Swiss cities with few intermediate stops
  • InterRegio (IR) trains: Serving more stops than IC trains, IR trains connect big cities and regional locations
  • InterCity Neigezug (ICN) trains: ICN trains are high-speed domestic trains that connect one part of Switzerland to another.
Regional trains in Switzerland

Regional trains

  • RegioExpress (RE) trains: RE trains connect larger Swiss cities with regional locations
  • Regio trains: Linking many local towns, Regio trains stop at all intermediate stations
  • S-Bahn trains: These are suburban trains that operate within larger cities at high frequency
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Mount Pilatus, Lucerne with the Swiss Rail Pass

Switzerland is populated with big cities that blend natural beauty and urban sophistication. 

  • Interlaken: Plan outdoor skiing activities or head to Grindelwald or Jungfraujoch for a day in the snow-capped mountains.  
  • Lucerne: Take out your cameras to capture Lucerne or Luzern with its charming Swiss architecture, and a remarkable wooden footbridge. The pristine Lake Lucerne with Mount Pilatus framing the backdrop is reason enough to visit here.
  • Zermatt: The car-free Zermatt is ideal for hiking and winter sports. The Matterhorn, which inspired the Toblerone chocolate, will be a view that heightens your hiking experience here.
  • Geneva: Home to the headquarters of the United Nations and the CERN project, the modern city of Geneva, boasts top-notch scenery, wines, and of course chocolate.
Attractions in Switzerland with Country Rail Pass

There is no dearth of things to see or do in Switzerland. Snow activities like sledding and skiing, tasting the world-famous Swiss chocolate, and cheese, hiking up the mountain ranges, and immersing in the post-card-worthy landscapes, are all on the top of the list of any traveler to Switzerland.

  • Jungfraujoch: Vast stretches of white snow meet you at Jungfraujoch, which is Europe’s highest railway. Prepare to be breath taken at the sights at Jungfraujoch, explore the Snow Fun Park, Sphinx Observatory, and Ice Palace, or get that adrenaline pumping with winter sports. 
  • Lake Geneva cruises: Take a relaxing cruise across Lake Geneva and behold the city and the mountains surrounding it from a unique perspective.
Best time to visit Switzerland

The best time to visit Switzerland depends on the kind of holiday you are looking for. There are four distinct seasons in Switzerland. 

  • Those seeking a winter wonderland with a lot of snow activities like skiing should visit during the winter season which lasts from December to February. There are also vibrant Christmas markets during this time.
  • Spring slowly brings a pop of color back to the meadows and valleys blossoming with wild alpine flowers. This season lasts from March to May and sees fewer tourists, meaning a quieter atmosphere. You can also expect some rain.
  • A verdant landscape carpeted with wildflowers awaits you in the summer months of June to August. The pleasant climate and longer daylight hours make this a peak tourist season ideal for outdoor activities.  
  • As the leaves fall ushering in the Autumn season from September to November, temperatures turn cooler and Switzerland turns picturesque with fall foliage. This time is still pleasant enough for outdoor activities but it is a slower tourist season.
Switzerland Quick facts
  • Capital: Bern
  • Official language: 4 official national languages - German, French, Italian & Romansh
  • Currency: Swiss Franc (CHF)
  • Iconic landmarks: Jungfraujoch, Lake Geneva, Matterhorn
  • Climate: Switzerland has a moderate climate. Winters can see temperatures drop to -2 degrees Celsius and summers are pleasant with a maximum temperature of 28 degrees Celsius.
  • Population: 8.7 million
Switzerland Best things to do
  • Indulge in Swiss food: Swiss cheese enjoyed as fondue or raclette, Swiss chocolates, and Rösti are some popular dishes you must try. 
  • Mountain visits: Matterhorn, Jungfraujoch, Harder Kulm, Mt. Rigi, the list goes on of the number of mountain tops you can visit via cable cars or rail.
  • Outdoor activities: Hiking, boating, skiing, and snowboarding are popular activities that will treat you to excellent views in Switzerland.
  • Scenic trains: Grab a seat on the famed Swiss scenic train journeys like Bernina Express, Glacier Express, Chocolate Train, and more.
  • Historic cities: Explore historic cities like Zurich, Bern, & Geneva where medieval charm, cultural treasures, & picturesque landscapes await your discovery.
  • Picnics: Everywhere you turn is a pretty sight, so enjoy a picnic with local supermarket supplies. This is also a budget-friendly option for dining out.  
  • Countryside trips: Venture off the city to the countryside, where you can get a real slice of the Swiss way of life and amazing scenery.
  • Christmas markets: Twinkling lights, decorations, and festive cheer in the air! What better way to enjoy Christmas than roaming the Christmas markets?
Switzerland travel hacks
  • Shoulder season visit: Spring (April to June) or autumn (September to October) offers better accommodation deals and fewer crowds, especially in village hotels.
  • Travel passes: Save money with transit passes like the Swiss Travel Pass and attraction passes tailored to your itinerary.
  • Dining: Save on dining expenses by shopping at local grocery stores, choosing accommodations with kitchen facilities, and picnicking at scenic spots.
  • Scenic trains: Experience Switzerland's renowned scenic train routes like Bernina Express and Glacier Express, or opt for budget-friendly regional trains with train passes.
  • What to wear: Prepare for Switzerland's changing climate with umbrellas, layers, and sturdy footwear, especially for mountain hikes.
  • Tipping culture: While not obligatory, rounding off bills for service is appreciated in Switzerland.
  • Shopping: Plan for early shop closures, and buy souvenirs from supermarkets for better prices compared to tourist shops.
Switzerland Travel Essentials
  • Time zone: Switzerland follows Central European Time (CET), which is UTC+1. In daylight saving time, Switzerland adopts Central European Summer Time (CEST), which is UTC+2.
  • Currency: Swiss Franc - CHF
  • Country code: +41
  • Socket type: Type C (plug with two round pins) & Type J (plug with three round pins). Type C pin plugs also fit J sockets.
  • Emergency numbers: In case of emergencies in Switzerland, dial 112 to contact the police, ambulance, and fire services.
Switzerland Transport Options
  • Trains: Major cities, towns, and even remote areas are connected by Swiss railways, operated primarily by Swiss Federal Railways (SBB). If you intend several journeys, get a train pass like Swiss Travel Pass or Eurail/Interrail Pass.
  • Buses: Plenty of buses are available to access points not reached by trains. The clean and efficient bus system is primarily operated by PostBus. Traveling within the city is also convenient via buses.
  • Boats: Passenger boats and cruises navigate Switzerland's major lakes such as Lake Geneva, Lake Lucerne, Lake Zurich, and Lake Thun. The rides are incredibly picturesque, so don't miss the opportunity to hop on one.
  • Cable cars: Ascend mountains like the Matterhorn or Jungfrau effortlessly, enjoying breathtaking panoramic vistas via thrilling cable car rides.
  • Trams: Cities like Zurich, Bern, Geneva, and Basel have trams for intra-city commutes.

Frequently asked questions

Which train passes are valid in Switzerland?

If you are traveling to Switzerland, you can purchase a Eurail Pass, Interrail Pass, or the Swiss Travel Pass to access the train network there.

Are rail passes a good value for Switzerland?

If you intend to travel extensively by train in Switzerland, a train pass is the most cost-effective way and flexible way to connect easily from city to city.

How much does a rail pass cost in Switzerland?

The price of rail passes varies with the type of pass, validity, and inclusions. However, Switzerland travel pass prices start from CHF 120.

What is the difference between 1st and 2nd class Swiss train coaches?

The first class offers a quieter atmosphere to work, read, or sleep in peace. They are equipped with better amenities like spacious seats with more legroom, wider work surfaces, more power sockets, amplifiers for mobile phone reception, and more. The second class, on the other hand, is a more communal experience. You can meet more people here and enjoy a comfortable journey. Second-class rail passes are also more affordable. 

What pass should you choose if you are non-European?

If you are a non-European, you can choose a Eurail Pass or Swiss Travel Pass to commute conveniently in Switzerland. If you plan to travel by trains, buses, or boats, opt for a Swiss Travel Pass as they have more transit systems covered. If you plan to cover Switzerland and other European countries, choose Eurail Global Pass which is applicable not just in Switzerland but other European nations as well. 

How do I determine if a rail pass is the right fit for my Swiss trip?

To determine if a rail pass is the right fit for your Swiss trip, make a rough plan of the number of journeys you will make. Compare combined individual ticket prices with a train pass to see if it is a budget fit. Next, think about the nature of your travel and, if you deem flexibility important, a train pass is more than perfect!

Do I need to make seat reservations with a train pass?

Most trains in Switzerland are reservation-free. You can just turn up with your pass, board, and take any available seat. But certain premium scenic trains like Bernina Express, Glacier Express, and others mandate seat reservations. These need to be purchased separately at a small additional cost. Learn more about seat reservations with the Swiss Travel Pass.

Are premium trains covered by Swiss train passes?

Yes, most Swiss train passes cover premium trains like the Gotthard Panorama Express, Glacier Express, and others. However, you might need to make seat reservations at an additional cost for these trains. 

Does the Swiss Travel Pass cover the Chocolate train?

The Chocolate Train is a vintage train ride dedicated to Switzerland's famous specialty - chocolate. You travel in luxurious coaches and get admitted to the chocolate factory of Nestlé Cailler in Broc and indulge in chocolate all through the way. The Swiss Travel Passes do cover the Chocolate Train. However, seat reservation surcharges apply. 

Can tourists get Swiss train passes?

Yes, Swiss train passes benefit tourists by making movement efficient. A Swiss Travel Pass is for non-residents of Switzerland and Liechtenstein; a Eurail Pass for non-European residents and an Interrail Pass for European residents.