What's included in the Tell-Pass Winter?
- The pass provides free unlimited traveling for 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10 consecutive days.
- You can make unlimited trips by train, bus, boat, and into the mountains (cable cars, funiculars, et cetera).
- There are discounts on attractions and museums: see the map.
- Children travel along at a low fixed price, or for free.
The 2023-2024 price of the Tell-Pass Winter
|Duration||Price||More information (discounts, prices in EUR/GBP/USD)|
|2 days||CHF 120||switzerlandtravelcentre.com|
|3 days||CHF 150||switzerlandtravelcentre.com|
|4 days||CHF 170||switzerlandtravelcentre.com|
|5 days||CHF 180||switzerlandtravelcentre.com|
|10 days||CHF 240||switzerlandtravelcentre.com|
- There's a fixed price of CHF 30 for Tell-Passes for children from 6 up to and including 15. They have to travel along with an adult. The adult does not need to be a relative of the child.
- The Junior Travelcard is also valid, as well as the Children’s Co-travelcard. If you have one of those, you don't need the child version of the pass.
- Children up to 5 travel along for free. They don't need a pass.
- There are no special fares for seniors.
Websites to buy the Tell-Pass Winter from
Offered by HappyRail: www.happyrail.com
- Excellent prices in all currencies. No additional fees.
- Extra Support: if you buy here, MySwissAlps can also assist if you have questions about your order.
- Experienced team of train travel experts
Offered by Official SBB shop: switzerlandtravelcentre.com
- Official webshop of the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), operated by Switzerland Travel Centre (STC)
- Instant delivery through e-mail in 5 minutes
- Free cancellation until 1 day before travel, if you choose the FLEX OPTION. No questions asked.
- Extra Support: MySwissAlps can answer most questions regarding your order as well.
Discounts on the Tell-Pass Winter
Tell-Pass Winter scenic train rides
Montreux to Interlaken (train): no discount. Seat reservations and surcharge for Prestige class in GoldenPass Express: no discount.
|Gotthard Panorama Express||Free:|
Göschenen to Lugano: no discount. Seat reservations: no discount.
Pfäffikon to St. Gallen: no discount.
Tell-Pass Winter mountain trips
Hammetschwand lift: no discount.
Other activities for Tell-Pass Winter holders
|Boat Lake Lucerne||Free:|
|Swiss Museum of Transport||Discount 20%:|
The Tell-Pass Winter map
The Tell-Pass Winter allows traveling in the Central Switzerland region. That's roughly the area between Lucerne, Interlaken, Andermatt, and Zug. Download the map for all details.
How the map works
- Free traveling applies to all routes on the map. Blue lines are boats, the other lines are trains, buses, or mountain transport.
- Traveling with the Tell-Pass Winter applies to all trains that operate on the indicated lines and that are listed in the timetable. The train type (InterCity, local, panoramic) and the operating company do not matter. Panoramic trains such as the GoldenPass are thus included.
- The map document also includes a list of discounted attractions.
How does the Tell-Pass Winter work?
The pass allows you to travel as much as you like. Just board with your pass and enjoy the ride. There’s no need to buy tickets. You’ll keep your pass on your phone.
How to start using your Tell-Pass Winter
The pass is ready to use once you’ve received it. Simply keep it on your phone.
- You will receive a PDF file. This file has a QR code that train staff can scan from your smartphone.
- Optionally, you can print backup copies of the pass on A4- or letter-sized paper.
- The pass is ready to use if it includes all information like the start date, passenger name, and birth date. Your name may be truncated if it’s too long to fit on the pass, but that’s no problem.
Tell-Pass Winter travel days
The travel days are consecutive. If you don’t travel on such a day, it still counts as such.
For 99% of all trains and buses in Switzerland, seat reservations aren’t necessary. You can just board with your Tell-Pass Winter and find a seat. If you need or want seat reservations, you need to arrange for them separately. Seat reservations are not included in the pass.
On board the train, bus, or boat
Once you’re on board, you will need to present your Tell-Pass Winter to ticket controllers if they ask for it. The staff may want to check your passport as well, to make sure you’re the owner of the pass.
Ticket checks for mountain transport are mostly done before you board.
Basically, you do not need tickets for trips in the Tell-Pass Winter validity area, and you can just board any bus, train, etc.
There are many cableways that also allow free traveling. If you can’t scan your Tell-Pass Winter to enter the cableway, funicular, or mountain train, just show your pass to the personnel. They’ll get you a free ticket to pass the access gates.
Our personal tips: what not to miss if you have a Tell-Pass Winter
- Many famous mountain trips are included for free. On a clear weather day, you can’t go wrong with a free ride to the top of Pilatus, Rigi, or Titlis.
- The funicular up to Stoos is a short but exciting ride. It’s also free of charge.
- The glass factory Glasi in Hergiswil is worth a visit. You’ll get a discount on the entrance fee.
FAQ about the Tell-Pass Winter
How do I know if the Tell-Pass Winter is my best option?
If you prefer ticketless travel, and you’re planning to explore Central Switzerland only (see the map), this pass is probably a good fit.
It’s also a good option if you like flexibility and don’t plan everything in advance.
Does the Tell-Pass Winter offer discounts apart from travel?
Yes: several museums and other activities, like a guided Lucerne city tour, are discounted. These are called “Bonus partners”. Please download the map for an overview.
Do I need a SwissPass account for my Tell-Pass Winter?
No. You don’t have to add your Tell-Pass to a SwissPass account or any other account.
What’s the difference between Tell-Pass Winter and Tell-Pass Summer?
The Tell-Pass Winter is cheaper than the Tell-Pass Summer, because not all mountains are accessible in wintertime. But both passes cover the same region.
Other websites of interest
- shop.switzerlandtravelcentre.com: official SBB tourist webshop