Why is the Swiss Travel Pass so awesome?
The Swiss Travel System is one of the most amazing ways to explore Switzerland's cities, towns, mountains, lakes and over 500 museums - all with a single ticket - behold the Swiss Travel Pass. Be independent, flexible and comfortable.
Here are 3 reasons why travelling with the Swiss Travel Pass is so amazing, PLUS 3 day trips you can easily do at no extra cost.
3 advantages of Swiss Travel Pass
The all-in-one ticket with tons of bonuses
The Swiss Travel Pass is a single ticket that you can use on all public trains, buses, boats and mountain railways. It even covers the premium scenic trains like the Glacier Express, Bernina Express, Luzern-Interlaken Express, GoldenPass and the Gotthard Panorama Express(only seat reservation fees apply). You will also receive up to 50% discount on most mountain rail and cableways, with excursions to Rigi, Stanserhorn and Schilthorn fully included in the pass. All passes are available in both 1st and 2nd class and come in either consecutive or flexi editions. Free travel and discount for youth travellers apply too. See below.
More than 500 museums included
Not only will you be able to travel easily from A to B, you also get free access to more than 500 museums across the country - even the most popular ones, like National Museum Zurich, Chillon Castle on Lake Geneva, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, and the FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich. And if you are an art enthusiast, check out the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern. Find an overview of all the museum here.
Children travel free of charge
Thanks to the Swiss Family Card, children between 6 and 16 years of age travel free of charge on the entire Swiss public transport network - as long as they are accompanied by at least one parent holding a valid Swiss Travel Pass. Children under 6 years of age travel free of charge even without a card and children under 16 travelling alone receive a 50% discount on any Swiss Travel System product.
3 suggested day trips with the Swiss Travel Pass
Lucerne - Rigi: The Majestic Roundtrip
Start your journey from Lake Lucerne harbour on board a state-of-the-art motor vessel or a nostalgic paddle steamer to Vitznau. Then, hop on the bright red train of the Rigi railways for a 30-minute ride to Rigi Kulm, where you will enjoy the breathtaking panoramic surrounds of the Alps. You can take a short walk and afterwards enjoy a delicious meal in the summit restaurant. After lunch, another cog railway will take you down the other side of the mountain to Arth-Goldau where you can hop on regular services back to Lucerne. Back in the city, visit the Glacier Garden where 20 million years ago a large glacier dominated the landscape. All the activities of the day are included in your Swiss Travel Pass.
Schilthorn - the perfect view of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau
The journey itself is well worth the day - take the train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen and continue onwards by bus to get to the Stechelberg lower terminal in the Lauterbrunnental Valley where a panoramic cabin will take you towards Schilthorn, passing sheer rock faces and roaring waterfalls on the way. When you get to the top, you will be rewarded with a stunning panoramic view of the Alpine mountains, including the UNESCO World Heritage site with Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. If you are a true mountain enthusiast, visit the world's first 360° revolving restaurant Piz Gloria, which served as villain Blofeld’s headquarters in the sixth Bond series, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. For more Bond, visit Bond World 007 and 007 Walk of Fame next door. All and all, a perfect destination for both half- and full-day trips - all covered by your Swiss Travel Pass.
St. Gallen - Schaffhausen
St. Gallen is a city full of history: visit the Textile Museum, the Abbey Library (founded in 1767) and the Natural History Museum - all will leave you in awe. Continue your journey to Stein am Rhein, a quaint little town full of pleasant walks and delicious food. Here you can decide to do a river cruise or perhaps tackle part of the route by bike that can be easily taken aboard the train or on the boat. This day trip, including the museums, is fully covered by the Swiss Travel Pass.
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