Jan 18, 2016 - 8:37 PM
Actually points of sale depend on your country of residence. You'd better have a look at www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpass/price. That page automatically lists all options based on your location.
You mentioned swissrailways.com. That's the official SBB website for Swiss Travel System passes. The other website, sbb.ch, is mainly for Swiss residents and for finding train schedules. You can order a pass there but that's basically the same thing as swissrailways.com.
You're from Germany and your current options are swissrailways.com and acprail.com. It's up to you where you order. Of course we only list trusted retailers. More details can be found on the first page I mentioned. People from other countries may see other retailers to choose from.
As for your questions:
Q1: I would recommend www.swissrailways.com because it offers you to print your pass at home (choose Online Ticket when delivery options are presented). That will save you time as you don't have to visit a ticket office.
Q2. You wrote "tickets", but I assume you mean the Swiss Travel Pass. The price of a local purchase is also listed on the page I mentioned. There's no extra free, but you save time by ordering online as you can board your first train/bus immediately upon arrival.
Q3. That's also mentioned on that page: up to 3 working days.
Q4: Yes, it's convenient to have some Swiss francs. You can simply get them from any ATM. Here's more information: www.myswissalps.com/sw issfranc.
Q5: Public transport is free if you book a hotel in Basel. Please see www.myswissalps.com/ba sel/travel.
Enjoy your stay!
Last modified on May 17, 2018 - 11:42 AM by Arno