What's included in the Saver Day Pass?
- You'll get free unlimited traveling in Switzerland for one day.
- Trains, buses, boats, and city transport are included.
- Cableways, cogwheel trains, and funiculars are generally not included (find details and exceptions here).
The Saver Day Pass comes with restrictions - read before you buy!
- The Saver Day Pass can only be purchased from 6 months and up to 1 day before your travel date.
- The price varies by demand and purchase date. Buying early is normally cheaper, but that's not guaranteed: prices may in rare cases go up over time, and then down again.
- The Saver Day Pass can sell out.
- The Saver Day Pass is not refundable and can't be exchanged. Exceptions apply to incorrect passes (e.g. with a wrong traveler name), or if you have a medical certificate that proves that you are not able to travel. An administration fee will be deducted.
Saver Day Pass prices in 2023
|Do you have a pass?||Price 2nd class||Price 1st class||Find the price for your travel date|
|No||from CHF 52||from CHF 88||happyrail.com|
|Yes, Swiss Half Fare Card||from CHF 29||from CHF 49||happyrail.com|
Discounts on the Saver Day Pass
- The Saver Day Pass is cheaper if you have a Swiss Half Fare Card for your travel date.
- Swiss Family Card: children, stepchildren, and foster children from 6 up to and including 15 travel for free (even on routes where the parents only get a discount), if accompanied by at least one parent with a Swiss Half Fare Card. You can get the Swiss Family Card free of charge while ordering a Swiss Half Fare Card. (The Swiss Family Card can be ordered with the Swiss Travel Pass and Swiss Travel Pass Flex too, but it doesn't make sense to combine one of those passes with a Saver Day Pass.)
- If you do not have a Swiss Family Card, you can consider a Junior Travelcard or Day Pass Children: please see here.
- Children from 6 up to and including 15 who travel on their own get a discount of about 50% on the Saver Day Pass. Please find more options here.
- Children up to 5 travel along for free. They don't need a pass.
- There are no special fares for seniors or groups.
Where to buy your Saver Day Pass
Offered by Omio: www.omio.com
- Train tickets for Switzerland and beyond
- Compare train, coach, and plane prices for international journeys.
- Extra Support: if you buy here, MySwissAlps can also assist if you have questions about your order.
Offered by SBB.ch: www.sbb.ch
- Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) is the train operator in 70% of Switzerland. SBB.ch is mostly aimed at Swiss residents.
- For the best SBB customer support, we recommend the official SBB shop for tourists instead: Switzerland Travel Centre.
- No Extra Support: if you buy here, MySwissAlps cannot assist if you have questions about your order.
Saver Day Pass promotions
The Saver Day Pass is a promotion in itself, so there are rarely extra discounts. If there are, we list them here.
There are currently no promotions available.
Scenic train trips for Saver Day Pass holders
Seat reservations: no discount.
Seat reservations: no discount.
Seat reservations: no discount.
Seat reservations and surcharge for Prestige class in GoldenPass Express: no discount.
|Gotthard Panorama Express||Free:|
Seat reservations: no discount.
|Lötschberg Mountain Railway||Free:|
Seat reservations: no discount.
Mountains you can visit with your Saver Day Pass
Betten to Bettmeralp (cableway): free.
Lucerne to Kehrsiten-Bürgenstock (boat): free. Stansstad to Bürgenstock (bus): free. Hammetschwand lift: no discount.
Fiesch to Fiescheralp (cableway): free.
To Wengen and Grindelwald (train): free.
Stechelberg to Mürren (cableway): free. Lauterbrunnen to Mürren (cableway + train): free. Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg (bus): free.
Other day trips for the Saver Day Pass
|Boat Basel||No discount:|
|Boat Lake Brienz||Free:|
|Boat Lake Geneva||Free:|
|Boat Lake Lucerne||Free:|
|Boat Lake Lugano||Free:|
|Boat Lake Maggiore||Free:|
|Boat Lake Thun||Free:|
|Boat Lake Zurich||Free:|
|Rhine Falls||No discount:|
To Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall and Neuhausen Rheinfall (train): free.
Popular public transport routes included in the Saver Day Pass
|Austria to Switzerland||
|Basel to Zurich||
|France to Switzerland||
|Geneva to Zermatt||
|Germany to Switzerland||
|Interlaken to Zurich||
|Italy to Switzerland||
|Lauterbrunnen to Mürren||
|Lauterbrunnen to Wengen||
|Zurich to Zermatt||
Saver Day Pass validity map
The Saver Day Pass is valid within the area of validity of the GA Travelcard (a rail card for Swiss residents). Download the map for all details.
The basic rules are:
- Trains and buses to villages are free (solid and dashed lines).
- Transport into the mountains (dotted lines: cable car, funicular, cogwheel train, et cetera) is not free and not discounted, but there are a few exceptions.
- City transport (trams, buses) is free.
- Boats are free.
- The Saver Day Pass is valid in Switzerland only. A few train and bus routes crossing the border allow free traveling too. Examples are EuroAirport (France) to Basel, Brig to Domodossola (Italy), Domodossola to Locarno (Italy: Centovalli line), and buses in Liechtenstein.
How the map works
- The route types are explained in the legend on the map.
- With a Saver Day Pass, you can travel on all trains that operate on the indicated lines and that are listed in the timetables. The train type (InterCity, local, panoramic) and the operating company do not matter. The Glacier Express, Bernina Express, GoldenPass and other panoramic trains are thus included, except for seat reservations.
- There are too many bus routes to fit on the map. In principle, all public bus services are free of charge.
How does the Saver Day Pass work?
The Saver Day Pass is a pdf document that you keep on your phone. You can travel as much as you like by train, bus and boat, and you do not need other tickets. Just board with your pass and enjoy the ride. In the case of cableways and other mountain transport that is not included, you need to buy a regular ticket.
How to start using your Saver Day Pass
The Saver Day Pass is an e-ticket. It’s sent as a pdf by e-mail. You can print it out if you want, but that’s not required. You can simply show the pdf on your phone when asked for.
No validation is required. The Saver Day Pass is dated and only valid on that day, until 05:00 the following morning.
You do not need seat reservations for 99% of all trains and buses in Switzerland. You can simply board with your Saver Day Pass.
Exceptions are some international trains and a few panoramic trains like the Glacier Express and Bernina Express. Seat reservations are not included in the Saver Day Pass. If you need or want seat reservations, you have to arrange for them separately.
On board the train, bus, or boat
You will need to present your Saver Day Pass to ticket controllers upon request. The controller may want to check your passport as well, to make sure you’re the owner of the presented pass. If you bought a 50% discounted Saver Day Pass, you have to show your Swiss Half Fare Card as well.
There are two types of trips you can make with a Saver Day Pass:
- Trips on routes that are included. You can just board any train, bus, boat, et cetera on such routes. You do not need a ticket.
- Trips on routes that are not included. This mostly applies to transportation to the mountains. You need to arrange for a ticket. You can do so online or at the ticket office of the cable car.
There are a few mountain routes that also allow free traveling. If you can’t scan your Saver Day Pass pdf to access the cableway or funicular, ask the staff upon showing your pass. They will get you a free ticket to open the turnstiles.
Hidden gems included in the Saver Day Pass
The Saver Day Pass is very suitable for town-to-town travel, but some of the tourist attractions are included for free as well. The map and the overview of discounts allow you to find all benefits. Some of our personal favorites are:
- the train to Les Pléiades (near Montreux);
- the Mount Rigi cogwheel train, as well as the boats on Lake Lucerne;
- the cogwheel train to Rochers-de-Naye (from Montreux);
- the cableway to the Stanserhorn (near Lucerne);
- the spectacular Stoos funicular (Lake Lucerne region).
Do I need the Saver Day Pass, Swiss Travel Pass, or Swiss Half Fare Card?
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.
The Swiss Travel Pass offers unlimited traveling in Switzerland for multiple days. It’s basically a better version of the Saver Day Pass for multiple days: it includes free entrance to castles and museums and discounts on mountain trips. It is the most popular Swiss tourist pass.
The Swiss Half Fare Card offers discounts on point-to-point tickets and on Saver Day Passes.
Let’s compare your 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 (often for free, but do check the conditions when you buy). The price is CHF 389 per adult. You can check current prices here.
- Option 2: buy 8 Saver Day Passes. You’ll get unlimited traveling, but no discounts on mountain transport (with a few exceptions), and no free entry to museums. Your children (from 6 years old) do not travel along for free: they need a Junior Travelcard. You will have to buy well in advance. The passes are not refundable. The best price 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. It will very likely be more expensive. 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 routes 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, just as the Swiss Travel Pass. The best total price is 1 x CHF 120 + 8 x CHF 29 = CHF 352 per adult, but it is unlikely 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 most cases, option 1 is easiest and cheapest.
Option 2 is often too expensive.
Option 3 could work for specific cases, but the chances that you can buy that many Saver Day Passes for the lowest price are small. An alternative 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. In addition, you need regular discounted point-to-point tickets for the other days.
The Saver Day Pass also works well if you need an additional day of traveling before or after the validity period of your Swiss Travel Pass or another pass.
Find out what’s best for your travel plans here.
Saver Day Pass frequently asked questions
How do I know if the Saver Day Pass is my best option?
The Saver Day Pass is a good option if you can plan your trip well in advance. You are sure you will travel that day, regardless of the weather, for example.
It’s a good option if you will be traveling for a long distance. If not, other options like regular tickets might be cheaper.
The Saver Day Pass fits your plans if you travel for a day or two. If not, a multi-day rail pass like the Swiss Travel Pass is more convenient and cheaper in most cases. Please see here to compare the Saver Day Pass and Swiss Travel Pass.
The Saver Day Pass is often bought for an additional travel day, before or after using the Swiss Travel Pass.
Are the Saver Day Pass and Day Pass the same thing?
No. The Day Pass is more expensive, is only for Swiss Half Fare Card holders and comes with fewer restrictions.
Are the Saver Day Pass and Spartageskarte the same thing?
Yes, “Spartageskarte” is the German name for the Saver Day Pass.
What is the Super Saver Day Pass?
There is no pass with that name. The pass is called Saver Day Pass. There is a Supersaver ticket though.
Do I need a SwissPass account for my Saver Day Pass?
No, you don’t have to add your Saver Day Pass to a SwissPass account or any other account. Simply keep the pass on your phone, you do not need anything else.
What if I travel where the Saver Day Pass is not valid?
You will have to buy a regular ticket for the part of the trip that is not covered.
You can check the map to find which part of your trip is covered. If a cableway up a mountain is not included, you’ll have to buy a ticket. Another common scenario is a trip across the Swiss border.
For example: if you travel from Milan to Interlaken, only Domodossola – Interlaken is covered by the Saver Day Pass. So you need to buy a ticket Milan – Domodossola. You don’t need to get off the train in Domodossola. You have paid for the entire trip with the ticket and pass, so you can stay seated.
Does the Saver Day Pass offer anything else other than transportation?
No, it does not. But you may get a discount on day trip packages that include both transportation and admission. You’ll get a discount because the transportation portion of the package is already included in your Saver Day Pass.
Essentially the Saver Day Pass works much like the GA Travelcard for Swiss residents. That means that in most cases where the GA entitles to a discount, the Saver Day Pass will entitle to that same discount.