The Best Way To Travel Around Switzerland: 5 Reasons To Get A Swiss Travel Pass

21 May 2021
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Zipping through Europe’s alpine wonderland

Transportation in Switzerland is pretty great. Trams, trains, boats, buses and cable cars – all are efficient and easy to use. With so many options, how do you choose between them? The answer is: you don’t! Bag a travel pass to save money while cruising in comfort to some of Switzerland’s most magical hideaways.

Reason 1: Terrific trains, buses and more

Switzerland has a diverse landscape but with around 60% of it covered by rugged mountains, you might expect public transport to be a little patchy. Happily, this isn’t the case. Criss-crossed with extensive road and rail networks, Switzerland is actually one of the best countries in Europe for getting about by public transport. You can easily travel from cosmopolitan cities to glittering lakes and snow-capped mountains, all with minimal fuss.
Swiss Rail
Trains are generally the quickest option. They serve all major towns and cities, as well as offering the chance to discover places less frequently visited by tourists, such as picture-perfect Aarau – think cobblestone streets, turreted buildings and lush greenery. Buses are also super convenient and the iconic yellow Postauto buses can get you everywhere from bustling urban hubs to remote mountain villages. In larger cities, trams are also a charming way to travel, while boats can whip you across the waters of the country’s rivers and lakes.
If you're keen to take advantage of Switzerland's public transport, then a Swiss Travel Pass is the way to go.

Reason 2: It's the best of a great bunch

Travel passes generally save you money and are the best way to travel around Switzerland, especially if you’re keen to see as much as possible. With the public transport system being so comprehensive, there are various passes to choose from. Don't worry – we’ve compared the main ones for you:
Swiss Half Fare Card

Swiss Travel Pass

  • Tailored to your travel needs, with a choice of 3, 4, 8 or 15 days of consecutive travel within a month
  • Enjoy unlimited journeys on all trains, buses and boats
  • Free entry to 500+ museums

Swiss Travel Pass Flex

  • Identical to the Swiss Travel Pass, except travel does not have to be on consecutive days
  • Permits travel on 3, 4, 8 or 15 days of your choice within one month
  • Ideal if you don’t have a set itinerary

Swiss Half Fare Card

  • 50% discount on all train, bus and boat travel
  • Around half the price of a Swiss Travel Pass
  • Discounts on selected excursions

Swiss Family Card

  • This card is a free add-on to any Swiss rail pass
  • Allows children aged 6-15 to travel for free (children under 6 travel for free anyway)
  • A Swiss rail pass must be purchased to be eligible for a Swiss Family Card

Reason 3: Save on travel, spend more on you!

A Swiss Travel Pass is the best option if you’re looking to see plenty of Switzerland in one visit. But what exactly do you get for your cash?
The key benefit of this pass is that it can save you a substantial amount, especially if you’re set on seeing and experiencing as much as possible during your trip. Even if you’re only in Switzerland for a few days, this pass will likely ease the strain on your budget. It gets you unlimited trips including everything from long-distance buses and intercity trains to premium panorama trains that snake through some of the country's most scenic locations.
La Maison du Gruyère
Another huge bonus of the Swiss Travel Pass is the free entry to some of Switzerland’s most awe-inspiring attractions. Both the consecutive and the flexible pass get you entry to more than 500 museums, including Lausanne’s Olympic Museum and La Maison du Gruyère – a marvellous cheese factory in the medieval town of Gruyères.

Reason 4: It's easy to use

Getting around Switzerland with a travel pass couldn’t be simpler. First, Klook the right Swiss Travel Pass to suit your needs. Choose between 3, 4, 8 and 15 days of travel, deciding whether you want to travel on consecutive days or on days of your choice throughout the month.
Swiss Train Rail
For consecutive passes, you’ll be asked to specify your first date of travel prior to checkout – this can be the day you arrive in Switzerland or a later date. Your first date of travel is when your pass will be activated and the pass will be valid for one month from then.
Flexible passes require manual activation, but this is also pretty straightforward. You’ll select a provisional first date of travel for checkout purposes – this isn’t binding and can be changed online up to a day before by entering your booking reference. Redeeming your Swiss Travel Pass is super simple – just download and print the PDF attachment you receive when you book. This ticket is what you’ll use to board all transport throughout your trip.
Klook tip: For premium panorama trains, you’ll need to reserve a seat. Do this online prior to travelling then show your seat reservation along with your ticket when boarding.

Reason 5: There's so much to see

You’ve purchased your pass and landed in Switzerland – now comes the fun part! With a Swiss Travel Pass, the country is yours to explore and there are countless experiences to immerse yourself in.
Swiss Hot Air Balloon
If you thrive on the buzz of big cities then you’ll want to hit the likes of Zürich, Geneva and Lucerne. Whizz between these urban behemoths by train, grab yourself a walking tour or perhaps a river cruise to learn more about the history and culture of each place.
The mountains mustn’t be missed, so board a premium panorama train and prepare for some soul-stirring sights. These trains are designed to give you incredible views as you speed through the landscape, so be sure to Klook a 4G SIM card before travelling. If you're anything like us, you’ll need plenty of data for Instagramming your journey!
Another essential experience in Switzerland is sampling the local cuisine. Famous for lip-smacking chocolate, cheese and other indulgent delights, Switzerland is a true haven for foodies. Whether you're itching to feast on a fondue dinner or sip fine wines on a vineyard tour, Klook has you covered with various tantalising trips to enjoy in tandem with your handy Swiss Travel Pass.

Set off on your Swiss adventure

For more information on what to see and do while speeding through Switzerland with a Swiss Travel Pass, check out Klook’s dedicated Switzerland page.