Swiss Travel Pass

Swiss Travel Pass comes in 1st or 2nd class, and is good for 3, 4, 8 or 15 consecutive days of free travel within Switzerland.  It’s a great pass if you are traveling to a lot of different places in a short time, or if you simply want the easiest solution, and don’t want to think about it too much.

The travel is not quite free everywhere, but it will get you free travel between all cities and villages, on most city bus systems and lake boats.  There are a very few trains that will require an additional seat reservation (like the Glacier Express, Bernina Express, and Chocolate train), and it’s important to know almost all trains and cable cars going to points above the villages are privately run, and are not free.  The Swiss Travel Pass will give you 50% discounts on almost all of these mountain trains and cable cars.  There are few that aren’t covered, like the gondola to Oeschinensee above Kandersteg, and the Diavolezza cable car and Muottas Muragl funicular train above Pontresina, but for the most part, if you show your Swiss Travel Pass when you buy tickets, you’ll get a 50% discount.

The Jungfraujoch train is always a special case, and the Swiss Travel Pass will give you free travel to Wengen or Grindelwald, 50% discounts from there to Kleine Scheidegg, and a 25% discount to the top.

The Swiss Travel Pass also acts as a museum card, giving free (and occasionally reduced) entrance to most Swiss museums.  This can be a significant money saver for fun attractions such as the Ballenberg Open Air museum near Meiringen in the Bernese Oberland, or the Chillon Castle just outside of Montreux on Lake Geneva.  It can also encourage you to stop and check out some museums that you might not have otherwise decided to visit.

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