Cheap holidays in Switzerland
Switzerland is known to be a rather expensive country. However, the tips below help you save a lot.
Staying in an apartment instead of a hotel saves at least CHF 140 p.p. per week
Save on accommodation
No matter what type of accommodation you choose, there are ways to limit your costs. Hotels are easy and convenient, but pretty expensive if you prefer a low budget holiday. Relatively cheap hotels can be found though, even at top locations. Apartments are even cheaper, and you will save extra money as you don’t have to go out for dinner. Camping is most economical in most cases, but you may want to consider youth hostels or home exchange as well.
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Children travel along for free in bus, train and boat!
Save on travelling
Travel smartly and you will save lots of money. Children can travel for free in trains, buses and boats in Switzerland. Sometimes, even adults can travel for free. Cable cars and mountain trains are often expensive, but with a Swiss Pass you can use them for free or at reduced rates. If you travel by car, profit from the Swiss Half Fare Card by paying half the fare for funiculars and cog railways.
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A hotel just outside of a popular tourist town can easily save up to CHF 100 p.p. per week
Choose the right resort
Typically popular towns, such as St. Moritz, Zermatt and Wengen, are beautiful but expensive. Choose a more economical town nearby and make sure your resort is situated centrally, as to limit your travel costs.
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Cooking your own meals saves at least CHF 10 p.p. per day
Save on food
You can save money by dining in restaurants with inexpensive menus. Cooking your own meals is even cheaper, especially if you shop in discount supermarkets such as Denner or ALDI. You can save on bottled water as well, as Swiss tap water is very clean. Buy whole breads for an inexpensive Swiss lunch along the way.
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Pay only half the price for lift tickets with a Swiss Half Fare Card
Save on tourist attractions and day trips
You don’t need to use cable cars all the time to reach wonderful viewing points. Plan your hikes carefully and you will be rewarded with magnificent panoramic views. Many museums can be visited for free if you have a rail pass.
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Save at least CHF 0.40 per postcard
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There are free newspapers in Switzerland. If you pay attention, you can save on postcards, stamps and souvenirs as well. Visiting Switzerland outside of the high season saves a lot of money too.