Hello Jessica, and welcome! If you want to travel around the country during one week, my advice is to make use of an 8 day Swiss Saver Pass
. For children up to and including 15 years old, a free STS Family Card can be ordered along, allowing them to travel along for free with the parents on all trips. The Swiss Saver Pass allows free travelling on regular trains, buses and boats throughout the country, which means that you'll be travelling very comfortably as you don't have to purchase tickets for each trip. For a roundabout journey of a week it's most probably the cheapest solution as well.
Numerous routes are available. One example, crossing some of the most well-known towns and regions, could look like this:
- from Zurich to St. Moritz;
- from St. Moritz to Zermatt by Glacier Express
- from Zermatt to Interlaken via Brig, Goppenstein, Frutigen and Spiez, making use of the regional Lötschberg Express, taking you right across the Alps;
- OR: travel from Zermatt to Interlaken via Montreux, Gstaad, Zweisimmen and Spiez, along the Golden Pass
- from Interlaken to Lucerne;
- from Lucerne to Zurich.
Such a travel scheme may be quite exhaustive though. You may want to opt for a less tight schedule, allowing you to stay based in a few towns during two or three nights. Please check the website for more information on the Bernese Oberland
. This may give you a better idea of which towns and regions you'd like to visit. The Swiss timetable
allows you to make up your own travel scheme.
The Swiss Saver Pass covers special panoramic trains, such as the Glacier Express and the Golden Pass route, as well. You do have to arrange for seat reservations
, and they have to be paid for separately.