A Swiss Card includes a free round trip from the airport or the Swiss border to your resort in Switzerland. You are entitled to receive a 50% discount when travelling by train, bus and boat throughout Switzerland during your stay. You need to buy regular tickets for each trip, but you will only pay half the price when you show your Swiss Card. Furthermore, you will receive a discount of 50% on many gondolas, funiculars and mountain trains. These features make this pass very suitable for people who want to explore one or more relatively small regions during their holidays. The Swiss Card is ideal for most winter sport holidays, as it covers the transportation to and from your resort and offers discounts on further trips. Depending on your activities, you may additionally purchase a local ski pass. The Swiss Card is valid for nearly all trains, including special trains such as the Glacier Express, Bernina Express, Heidi Express and Mont Blanc Express. The same applies to bus services: the Swiss Card is valid for about all buses, but on some special routes, a surcharge (Alpine Ticket) or a seat reservation is required.
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Swiss Card features
- a round trip from the airport or the Swiss border to any resort in Switzerland.
Overview of the network on which the Swiss Card is valid © SBB;
- also valid on several lines in surrounding countries: Basel - EuroAirport (France), Martigny - Chamonix Mont Blanc (France), Brig - Domodossola (Italy) - Locarno via the Centovalli railway, Lugano - Chiavenna (Italy) - St. Moritz, Lugano - Tirano (Italy), Zernez - Malles (Italy), Buchs/Sargans - Liechtenstein - Feldkirch (Austria);
- the maximum validity is one month. The validity ends after your return trip;
- each trip needs to be completed in one day and you have to use the most direct route. The quickest, most obvious route can be found using the timetable;
- your return trip may start from another location than the one you started from;
- your return trip may end at another border station or airport than the one you started from;
- a 50% discount applies on travelling by train, bus and boat during your stay;
- a 50% discount applies on many gondolas, funiculars and mountain trains during your stay;
- at any time, an additional day card ("Tageskarte zum Halbtax") can be purchased allowing one day of unlimited traveling. There are two variants. There's a day card valid from 9h00 in the morning: CHF 58 for 2nd class, CHF 96 for 1st class. This card is not valid on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays. There's also a day card valid for the entire day: CHF 71 for 2nd class, CHF 121 for 1st class. Both day cards also offer free use of public transportation in many cities. While traveling on a day card, you're still entitled to receive a discount on gondolas, funiculars and mountain trains;
- various discounts on guided city tours in Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne, Schaffhausen and Zürich;
- various discounts at several hotel chains, including Swiss Premium Hotels, Swiss Backpackers and Minotel;
- with the STS Family Card, children, stepchildren and foster children from 6 up to and including 15 years old travel for free if accompanied by at least one of their parents. The STS Family Card can be supplied with your order for free;
- a 50% discount applies on tickets for children from 6 up to and including 15 years old who are not accompanied by either of their parents. You do not have to purchase a Swiss Card for them. You may buy a Swiss Transfer Ticket with a 50% discount for them to cover the trip from and to the airport or the Swiss border;
- children up to and including 5 years old (family and non-family) travel for free if accompanied by an adult, unless you want to reserve seats for them in special trains, such as the Glacier Express. This applies to a maximum of 4 children per adult.
Not included in the Swiss Card
Please note that services not listed above are not necessarily included in the pass. If you need any services that are not included in the Swiss Card, please review the alternative rail passes.
Is the Swiss Card not exactly what you are looking for? The following rail passes might fit your needs:
How to purchase a Swiss Card
- The Swiss Card can not be purchased by residents of Switzerland and Liechtenstein;
- When you purchase a Swiss Card, you need to posses the passport or identity document that you will take along while travelling. A separate passport photo is not required;
- Prices and purchase options for the Swiss Card can be found in the upper right corner of this page.
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