Delivery: digital and paper rail products
Almost all rail passes and tickets can be stored on your phone or printed at home, so there's no shipping fee. The digital products will be sent by e-mail, often instantaneously.
In rare cases, passes are physical documents that need to be shipped to you. However, this does not necessarily mean that you pay for shipping. Shipping is often free, or free from a minimum order amount. Even if shipping is not free, ordering online can still be cheaper than buying in Switzerland.
Print at home
Most passes (and tickets) can be printed at home. That means that you don't have to wait for a shipment, nor do you have to visit a staffed ticket office once in Switzerland. You can immediately board your first train. The PDF-document is an excellent backup: you can print your pass again if you damage or lose it. If you buy a paper pass at a train station you will not get a new pass in such cases.
Train conductors can scan your digital pass directly from your cell phone. You may want to take along a printed version though, in case your battery runs out.
'Best buy' label and promotions
To make it easier to pick the best point of sale, we have listed the purchase options in the 'Price' section of each pass/ticket page, e.g. at www.myswissalps.com/ swisstravelpass/price (all passes can be found here). The retailers displayed there sell to your country of residence. Your country should be selected automatically, but you can change it if necessary.
We mark the lowest online price as 'best buy'. We show one price for each pass (e.g. the 3-day Swiss Travel Pass price, while there are also 4-, 6-, 8- and 15-day versions). If applicable and possible, we also take promotions into account. Of course we only list trusted retailers.
What else to consider
While our 'best buy' label helps to make your choice, there's more to consider:
- shipping fees. If there is a shipping fee, it may be waived from a certain order amount.
- booking fees. Some retailers charge a fee per booking, per pass or per traveler.
- banking fees. If you choose a retailer using a currency different from the one in your country, your bank may charge a fee. The final amount spent depends on the exchange rate of the day. This also applies if you buy your pass in Switzerland: even if you pick your own currency at the payment terminal, the exchange rate will not be in your favor. Tips about the cheapest way to pay can be found here.
- pass versions. If you intend to purchase a different pass version (e.g. an 8-day pass instead of the 3-day pass we display), simply click through to the website of the retailer to find the price of that version. A more expensive pass may result in more savings if there is a promotion.
Point to point tickets: where and when to buy
Point to point tickets for traveling in Switzerland can be purchased online (this applies to standard tickets and cheaper ones if purchased well in advance), or at rail stations. There are staffed service desks at the larger stations. Check the opening hours in advance. All stations have ticketing machines too.
Regular tickets do not sell out, except, in rare cases, for mountain trains on very popular days. The following products can sell out:
You're advised to order products that can sell out well in advance.
Save money by planning carefully
You may need multiple tickets and/or passes. We recommend to first complete your itinerary. Then pick a pass and buy all tickets, passes and seat reservations (if any) at once.
For example, you may have planned to travel from Paris to Zurich by train, so you buy the ticket online. However, if you later decide that you need a rail pass for your further travels in Switzerland, you could have saved money as part of the Paris to Zurich trip is covered by the pass. Also, buying the ticket and pass at once, from a single website, might be cheaper than two separate orders.