Place of buying Swiss Travel Pass

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Jan 18, 2016 - 7:55 PM

There are two websites offering Swiss travel pass.

I also observed that SBB website offers payment in local currency only whereas swissrailways also offers in Euro...

Q1. From which website, I should buy?

Q2. If I plan to buy tickets from SBB Bahnhof Basal, how much extra I may need to pay?

Q3. I am traveling next week. How long it will take for the tickets to be delivered to my email.

Q4. My currency is in Euro. So do I need to change currency from Euro to CHF. Can you suggest places which offer best exchange rates in Basal?

Q5. Is there a day ticket for local transport (Bus and Train) within Basel? How much does it cost?

Thank you Arno/Slowpoke and other forum members.

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Jan 18, 2016 - 8:37 PM

Hi Sandy123,

Actually points of sale depend on your country of residence. You'd better have a look at isstravelpass/price. That page automatically lists all options based on your location.

You mentioned That's the official SBB website for Swiss Travel System passes. The other website,, is mainly for Swiss residents and for finding train schedules. You can order a pass there but that's basically the same thing as

You're from Germany and your current options are and 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 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: issfranc.

Q5: Public transport is free if you book a hotel in Basel. Please see sel/travel.

Enjoy your stay!

Last modified on May 17, 2018 - 11:42 AM by Arno

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