Cheap holidays in Switzerland: save on day trips
There are lots of fun activities in Switzerland, which don’t always require using expensive cable cars or mountain trains.
- Travelling in the mountains is a tourist attraction in itself. If you have a Swiss (Saver) Pass or Swiss (Saver) Flexi Pass, you don’t have to hold back and you can explore wonderful mountain routes as much as you want.
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- Spectacular train routes are:These routes are all free if you have a rail pass, unless you want to travel in special scenic trains such as the Bernina Express, Glacier Express or Golden Pass.
- With a rail pass, you can make beautiful boat trips on Switzerland’s lakes. Some highlights are:
- Lake Brienz
- Lake Thun
- Lake Lucerne
- Post car trips across mountain passes are wonderful. If you have a rail pass, these trips are either free or you can reserve seats for a small amount.
- There is free entrance to 400 museums if you have a rail pass of the "Swiss Travel System".
- If you think you won’t be using public transport frequently, but you will be using cable cars, consider a Swiss Half Fare Card to pay only half the fare.
- Hiking is a must when you’re in Switzerland, and it’s completely free. Take hikes nearby as to limit your travelling costs. Often beautiful hikes can be made directly from your resort. Our website provides trails, and local tourist offices ("Tourismusbüro", "Tourismusverein" in German) have even more tips.
- Use a good hiking map to locate viewing points which can be reached on foot, so you won’t have to use expensive cable cars. You can also start or end your hike at a cable car station to limit costs to a one way ticket.
- Check which activities are available near your resort. Often free or affordable local musea or other inexpensive activities can be found.
- Sightseeing in villages or towns is a nice daytrip which can be very cheap. Some examples: