Cheap holidays in Switzerland: more tips
The tips below about different ways to save money help to plan for cheap holidays.
- Your stay in Switzerland will be a lot cheaper if you travel outside of the high seasons (end of June to August and mid December to March). This mainly applies to holiday chalets and apartments, but to a lesser extent to hotels as well. Moreover, low season is a lot more quiet. Some cable cars may be closed down, but generally there are lots of alternatives.
- Check whether souvenirs may be cheaper in another store. Calendars with Swiss pictures can be expensive, but if you search well you can find one for CHF 15 or less. Some souvenirs can even be found at supermarkets (for example printed mugs, Swiss wine and chocolate). Warehouses are cheaper than souvenir shops as well. Well-known warehouses are Manor and Loeb.
- Postcards usually cost CHF 0.80 or more, but cheaper ones (CHF 0.50 or less) can be found as well.
- International post from Switzerland is usually shipped as "Priority", but the "Economy" variant is cheaper. Ask for the cheapest stamps or buy them yourself from a yellow stamp machine.
- Free newspapers including the weather forecast are distributed at many railway stations. A well known one is "20 Minuten" (German)/"20 Minutes" (French).
- You can pay in euros in many shops, but it is often more economical to pay in Swiss francs.
- Make a realistic holiday budget in advance and keep to it during your stay.
- Keep track of your expenses during your holiday. This prevents you from spending more than necessary and makes you aware of possible other saving options.