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Jul 10, 2015 - 6:15 PM


I am an American, and I just accepted a position in Leysin. I am interested in figuring out how I can visit Geneva on a weekend once a month, and I definitely want to visit Zurich and some of the other places when I can. I am trying to figure out how I can best do that.

Would I be better off buying a 1/2 off ticket and then buying a ticket to Zurich and Geneva, and do both in a month, and then skip a month, and then do the same the following month?

How can I best see as much of Switzerland while living in Leysin on a budget and with my trips spread out throughout the year?


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Jul 11, 2015 - 5:13 PM

Congratulations on your job! There's a train down to Aigle from Leysin, where you can change to the mainline trains to Geneva. Detailed schedules are in the timetable.

The tourist version of the Swiss Half Fare Card is valid for one month. There's also a one year version, but as far as I know you need to be a Swiss citizen to buy it. I'm not sure if you will have a permit or something that also allows you to buy one. It might be worth checking that out. Information can be found on www.sbb.ch/en/ travelcards-and-tickets/railpasses/hal f-fare-travelcard.html. For longer trips you can buy an additional day card for unlimited traveling (see our Swiss Half Fare Card page).

If you have a break for more than a weekend you can consider one of the other Swiss Travel System Passes.

Be sure to click the 'Where to go' section in our menu to learn about the different regions of Switzerland. We did not list them all yet, but it's a good start. Hopefully you can visit most of them during your stay.

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