More details about the Saver Day Pass
Further must knows regarding the Saver Day Pass.
Saver Day Pass, Swiss Travel Pass or Swiss Half Fare Card?
The Swiss Travel Pass offers unlimited traveling in Switzerland for multiple days. It includes free entrance to castles and museums. It is the most popular Swiss tourist pass. Please see the Swiss Travel Pass page for details.
The Swiss Half Fare Card offers discounts on point-to-point tickets and Saver Day Passes. Please see the Swiss Half Fare Card page for details.
You may wonder if it's better to buy a Swiss Travel Pass, a Swiss Half Fare Card, multiple Saver Day Passes or a combination. Let's compare the options for an 8-day trip:
- option 1: buy an 8-day Swiss Travel Pass. You'll get unlimited traveling, discounts on most mountain trips (some are free), and free entry to most museums. Your children travel along for free. You can buy the pass well in advance or on the first travel day for the same fixed price. The pass is refundable, usually minus a 15% fee (this may not apply to special promotions). The price in 2020 is CHF 418 per adult. You can check current prices here.
- option 2: buy 8 Saver Day Passes. You'll get unlimited traveling, no discounts on mountain transport (some are free), and no free entry to museums. Your children (from 6 years old) do not travel along for free (you need a Junior travelcard). You will have to buy well in advance. The passes are not refundable. The best price in 2020 is 8 x CHF 52 = CHF 416 per adult, but it is absolutely not guaranteed that all Saver Day Passes will actually be available for this price. You can check current prices here.
- option 3: buy a Swiss Half Fare Card plus 8 discounted Saver Day Passes. You'll get unlimited traveling, discounts on most mountain transport (some are free), but no free entry to museums. Your children travel along for free. You will have to buy well in advance. The Saver Day Passes are not refundable. The Swiss Half Fare Card is refundable like the Swiss Travel Pass. The best price in 2020 is 1 x CHF 120 + 8 x CHF 29 = CHF 352 per adult, but it is absolutely not guaranteed that all Saver Day Passes will actually be available for this price. You can check current Saver Day Pass prices here and the Swiss Half Fare Card price here.
In many cases, option 1 is easiest and cheapest. Another good option is to buy one Swiss Half Fare Card, and a few discounted Saver Day Passes for the days you are sure about your travel plans, plus discounted point-to-point tickets for the other days. Also, the Saver Day Pass works well if you need a 9th day of traveling in addition to your Swiss Travel Pass, for example.
Option 2 is too expensive in most cases. Option 3 could work for very specific cases, but chances that you can buy that many Saver Day Passes for the lowest price are small.
To find the cheapest option in your case, please see here.
Discounts on various events and day trips
Essentially the Saver Day Pass works like the GA travelcard for Swiss residents. That means that in most cases where the GA entitles for a discount, the Saver Day Pass will entitle for that same discount. Combined tickets for events and other day trips include both the transportation and the admission, and sometimes other services. You will get a discount because the transportation is already included in the Saver Day Pass.
More about train traveling in Switzerland
Information about timetables, seat reservations and much more can be found here.
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