More details about the Swiss Travel Pass
Read about what else is included, and further details about the Swiss Travel Pass.
Swiss Travel Pass Youth: discount for youths
The Swiss Travel Pass Youth is the discounted pass for anyone up to 25 years (inclusive). The Swiss Travel Pass Youth is exactly like a Swiss Travel Pass. There is no other difference than the price.
Swiss Travel Pass versus GA travelcard
The GA travelcard (Generalabonnement) offers free traveling in Switzerland and is valid for at least 4 months. It is primarily for residents from Switzerland. People without a Swiss passport can not buy it online and need to purchase it for at least a year. As a tourist, you can best buy the similar Swiss Travel Pass. Both passes offer the same benefits within Switzerland. However, there are differences when traveling to other countries. For example, the Swiss Travel Pass does not offer discounted tickets to Austria and Germany.
Discounts on various events and day trips
Essentially the Swiss Travel Pass works much like the GA travelcard. That means that in most cases where the GA entitles for a discount, the Swiss Travel 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 Swiss Travel Pass.
Traveling in 1st class with a 2nd class Swiss Travel Pass
If you have a 2nd class pass, you can still choose to travel 1st class on occasional trips. You can buy an upgrade ticket at the rail station. It costs half of the difference between the 2nd and 1st class fare for the route you wish to travel.
Who can buy the Swiss Travel Pass?
The Swiss Travel Pass can be purchased by anyone except for residents of Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
More about train traveling in Switzerland
Information about timetables, seat reservations and much more can be found here.
Alternatives if you don't travel for exactly 3, 4, 8 or 15 days
- If you only need to travel for one or two days, then point to point tickets or the Saver Day Pass are worth your consideration;
- If you plan to travel for 7 days, for example, then an 8-day Swiss Travel Pass is often still the best option. You can do the math to be sure;
- Do you need an extra day of travel, e.g. for day 9 on top of an 8-day pass? Then again point to point tickets or the Saver Day Pass may work for you.
Alternatives if you stay longer than 15 days
The Swiss Travel Pass is available for 3, 4, 8 and 15 days. You can consider the below alternatives if you stay in Switzerland for longer than that.
- If you need a pass for 30 days, the most convenient option is to buy two 15-day Swiss Travel Passes of CHF 513 each. The cost per travel day is CHF 34.20, which is still good value if used extensively;
- Likewise, if you need a pass for 23 days, you can buy a 15-day and an 8-day Swiss Travel Pass of CHF 513 and CHF 418 each. The cost per travel day is CHF 40.48;
- If you don't need to travel every single day, the 15-day Swiss Travel Pass Flex of CHF 563 allows you to travel for 15 days within one month. The cost per travel day is CHF 37.53;
- The one-month Swiss Half Fare Card is an alternative if you are willing to give up on ticketless traveling: you'll have to buy discounted tickets for all your trips;
- There is also a Swiss Half Fare Card for one year: the Half-Fare travelcard. It is designed for people living in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, but frequent visitors are not excluded. One must have a SwissPass to buy the Half-Fare travelcard. The Half-Fare Travelcard will automatically be renewed annually and allows buying a 1-month travelpass as an add-on. The combination of these products costs CHF 605. Note that this product combination is different from a Swiss Travel Pass: museums and castles are not included, for example. As this is not a tourist product, we refer to the SBB website for more details: www.sbb.ch/en/travelcards-and-tickets/railpasses/half-fare-travelcard.html;
- Eurail and Interrail passes allow unlimited traveling as well, but these passes are very different from the Swiss Travel Pass. Be sure to study the details before deciding.
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