Budget hotels are widely available, even in popular mountain villages like Mürren.
Switzerland isn't cheap, but that does not mean you can't come if you're on a budget. We have selected the hotels below because they're cheap, but also located centrally and close to the rail stations.
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Affordable guest rooms in the village of Gerra on Lake Maggiore.
Popular excellent hotel at a less than 5 minutes' walk from the famous Staubbach waterfall. There are budget rooms with a shared bathroom, and rooms with a private bathroom. In-house dining options are not available, but you'll find restaurants at walking distance. The rooms with a balcony offer the best views.
Ideal for budget travelers: affordable accommodation only a few minutes on foot from the Lauterbrunnen train station. The hostel offers a self-service kitchen, a garden and a luggage room. There are private rooms and dorms, and most rooms have a balcony.
The pretty village of Lenk can be found south of the Simmen valley, and is a perfect base for those who love the outdoors. The highly rated Hotel Garni Alpenruh is located right across the railway station, with regular connections to Zweisimmen. There are south-facing rooms with balcony, and most rooms have private bathroom facilities. Apart from breakfast, the hotel doesn't serve meals, but you'll find several cafes and restaurants within walking distance.
This villa built in 1860 is situated in a quiet green area next to the rail station of Lugano and at walking distance from the city center and the lake. There's a garden with a pool. This is a good option for backpackers and anyone looking for affordable accommodation.
Small affordable hotel in the luxurious shopping street Via Nassa, which is part of the pedestrian zone in the historical city center of Lugano.
Popular basic accommodation in the center of Zermatt.
Popular basic accommodation near the rail station Basel SBB.
Cheap basic accommodation at an absolute top location in the old town of Bern.
The affordable Schlosshotel offers a scenic view of the Stockalper Palace and its parc. It's located just outside the town center.
This small affordable hotel is located in a village just outside Lugano. Easy to reach by train. Note that this hotel is closed in winter.
This large, modern hotel at walking distance of Celerina's railway station offers a wide range of rooms for any budget: from affordable multi-bed rooms to family rooms and stylish studios. You can enjoy a bite or a drink in the lounge/bar. Several free services are included, such as parking, WiFi, use of the nearby tennis court, hire of nordic walking sticks and (in winter) a shuttle service to Celerina's gondola.
Fine low budget accommodation at walking distance from the main rail station.
Affordable rooms just outside the center of Grindelwald. Great views of the Eiger and the other mountains from the south facing rooms.
Small hotel in the center of Interlaken, at walking distance from the Interlaken West station.
Basic but good quality lodging at a convenient location near the rail station Interlaken Ost.
This is the budget accommodation we recommend in Lausanne. It is affordable, very close to the train station and at walking distance from the city center.
Centrally located cheap guest house in Locarno. Everything you need (shops, restaurants, train station) is only a few minutes away on foot.
This isn't your average budget hotel: it's located in Lucerne's former prison. The souvenir shop and room names still remind of this past. Breakfast, free wifi, a game room and a courtyard are at your disposal. The Barabas hotel is located in the old town, within easy reach of the railway station.
The Capsule Hotel in Lucerne is located very conveniently: in the old town, close to the railway station and the Chapel Bridge. It offers affordable sleep capsules and regular rooms, as well as a shared kitchen and lounge.
Affordable modern guesthouse between the Lugano city center and the district of Paradiso.
Cheap accommodation in the district Paradiso in Lugano. The funicular to Mount San Salvatore departs just around the corner, and the dock for boat trips is close-by as well.
Small affordable hotel right next to the Mürren train station, so easy to reach! There's a pool, bar, restaurant and terrace. Book a superior room for the best views.
Hotel Klein Matterhorn is situated next to the railway station in the village of Randa, surrounded by impressive mountain ridges. It's a great budget alternative to pricier hotels in Zermatt, as you can easily hop on the train for day trips to this nearby resort. The small hotel offers a restaurant serving Swiss dishes, a bar, a patio and a children's playground.
This small hotel offers 8 rooms at budget prices. Its convenient location next to the railway station of Täsch, where trains frequently leave to nearby Zermatt, is ideal. Travelers recommend the Alpine Budget Rooms for their cleanliness and the tasty breakfast.