Easy Travelling in Switzerland using Swiss Railways & Public Transport

May 23, 2023

Easy Travelling in Switzerland using Swiss Railways & Public Transport
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Easy Travelling in Switzerland using Swiss Railways & Public Transport

Exploring the finest of Switzerland using public transport is the greatest thing, and there is no other way best to explore as much places and excursions with train, bus, boats and trams. Swiss Travel System is scattered across 29’000 kilometers of extensive public transport network in Switzerland, and also for a unique varieties of travel tickets available to international guests.

No matter which city and for how long duration you stay, also how often you travel by train, bus or boat or how many mountain trips you want to take, we recommend to just go with Swiss Travel Pass or public travel tickets to explore the best. Here are details for different travel tickets / passes to choose from:


The Swiss Travel Pass is available in two types: Continuous where you can choose 3,4 8 or 15 consecutive days of travel from your first date of travel or Flexible, for the same amount of days but allowing you to freely select the days you wish to travel within a one period month, from time of validation.

Seat Reservation

Most trains in Switzerland do not require reservations. You can simply board with your rail pass and take any available seat. Reservations are required on scenic trains like the Bernina Express, Chocolate Train, Glacier Express and the Gotthard Panorama Express. They are also required for international trains.


Nestled in the heart of Europe, Switzerland is a country renowned for its unparalleled beauty and cultural diversity. It also has some of the most magnificent train routes in the world, and the Swiss Travel Pass allows you to embrace them all. With a Swiss Travel Pass you can travel on trains, buses, cable cars and boats to reach popular cities such as Bern, Basel, Geneva, Interlaken, Lucerne , Innsbruck, Zurich and Lausanne as well as the country’s greatest natural highlight, the Swiss Alps.

The pass gives you flexibility in your travels as you can hop on and off trains, buses or ferries at your chosen stops. In general, you can show up at the nearest train station ready to explore a new destination. However, please note that some scenic trains require a seat reservation in advance.

The Swiss Travel Pass also gives free access to local public transits, museums, as well as discounted city tours. A very popular option for families, the Swiss Travel Pass and accompanying Swiss Family Card, allows children between the ages of 6 and 16, accompanied by at least one parent or guardian, to travel free of charge. The Swiss Travel Pass can be used in printed format or on mobile, with a barcode.


Free Family Card

Children aged 6-15 years accompanied by at least one parent travel free. Children travelling without their parents receive a 50% reduction of the adult individual Swiss Pass or Swiss Flexi Pass.


The Swiss Travel Pass Flex allows travellers to freely choose their travelling days within a month. You travel on the Swiss Travel System network for 3, 4, 8 or 15 non-consecutive days within a month; on the selected days, you benefit from the same great possibilities as when travelling with a Swiss Travel Pass. The Swiss Travel Pass Flex also offers on your selected days 50% reduction on most mountain railways and cable cars and includes the Swiss Museum Pass, allowing you free entrance to 500 museums and exhibitions.


1. Current information on SBB’s protective measures in public transport

2.For all new bookings: free cancellation up to 4 working days before the first day of validity

3.The freely selectable travel days can be activated and changed on www.activateyourpass.com at any time. You will receive the login information by e-mail after your purchase.

4.Unlimited travel in Switzerland by train, bus, boat and public transport in cities

5.Valid for travelling on flexible days within one month: 3, 4, 8 or 15 day passes available

6.Free entrance to more than 500

7.Ticket includes(only on validated days): Rigi, Stanserhorn, Stoos, Brunni, Klewenalp

8.Up to 50% discount on most mountain excursions on validated travel dates

9.Children under 6 years old travel free. Children aged 6 – <16 years travel for free if accompanied by at least one parent – Without a parent, a 50% reduction of the adult fare.

10.This pass is only available to non-residents of Switzerland or the Principality of Liechtenstein

11.Available as print@home ticket / eTicket


IMPORTANT: With a Swiss Travel Pass Flex, the attachment you receive in your booking confirmation email is only a receipt and NOT a valid travel document. With this pass, you need to activate your travel days on activateyourpass.com and then you will be given valid tickets for each activated travel day. These can be shown either in printed form or on a mobile device when tickets are being checked. Activated travel days can be changed any number of times up until the selected travel day. Once the pass has been booked and issued, the start date on the pass cannot be changed.


The Half Fare Card allows unlimited purchase of train, bus, boat and some cable car tickets at half price* within the one month validity. The Swiss Half-Fare Card is especially beneficial to motorists.

This pass is only available to non-residents of Switzerland or the Principality of Liechtenstein.

* Over short distances (because of minimum fare), on urban public transport systems, on reduced tickets or for some combined offers with additional services, the discount with a Half-Fare travelcard may be less than 50%.

Price till 30-Apr 2021
Swiss Half Fare Card CHF 120.00

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