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Swiss Travel Pass

Overview

Nestled in the heart of Europe, Switzerland is a country renowned for its unparalleled beauty and cultural diversity. It also has some of the most magnificent train routes in the world, and the Swiss Travel Pass allows you to embrace them all.

With a Swiss Travel Pass you can travel on trains, buses, cable cars and boats to reach popular cities such as Bern, Basel, Geneva, Interlaken, Lucerne , Innsbruck, Zurich and Lausanne as well as the country’s greatest natural highlight, the Swiss Alps.

The pass gives you flexibility in your travels as you can hop on and off trains, buses or ferries at your chosen stops. In general, you can show up at the nearest train station ready to explore a new destination. However, please note that some scenic trains require a seat reservation in advance.

The Swiss Travel Pass also gives free access to local public transits, museums, as well as discounted city tours. A very popular option for families, the Swiss Travel Pass and accompanying Swiss Family Card, allows children between the ages of 6 and 16, accompanied by at least one parent or guardian, to travel free of charge. The Swiss Travel Pass can be used in printed format or on mobile, with a barcode.

IMPORTANT: With a Swiss Travel Pass Flex, the attachment you receive in your booking confirmation email is only a receipt and NOT a valid travel document. With this pass, you need to activate your travel days on activateyourpass.com and then you will be given valid tickets for each activated travel day. These can be shown either in printed form or on a mobile device when tickets are being checked. Activated travel days can be changed any number of times up until the selected travel day.

Once the pass has been booked and issued, the start date on the pass cannot be changed.

What is included?

  • Unlimited travel on train, bus and boats in Switzerland

  • Unlimited travel on premium panorama trains: Glacier Express, Bernina Express, Golden Pass MOB, Gotthard Panorama Express and Luzern-Interlaken Express (seat reservations cost extra)

  • Unlimited use of public transit in more than 90 towns and cities

  • Free admission to more than 500 museums

  • Mountain excursions to Rigi, Stanserhorn, Brunni, Klewenalp and Stoos

  • Up to 50% discount on mountain railways and cable cars (25% on Jungfraujoch)

  • Passholder discount fares on high-speed Lyria trains between France and Switzerland

  • Passholder discount fares on Nightjet routes that go through Switzerland

How does it work?

1. Pick the right rail pass

The Swiss Travel Pass is available in two types: Continuous where you can choose 3,4 8 or 15 consecutive days of travel from your first date of travel or Flexible, for the same amount of days but allowing you to freely select the days you wish to travel within a one period month, from time of validation.

2. Reserve your seats

Most trains in Switzerland do not require reservations. You can simply board with your rail pass and take any available seat. Reservations are required on scenic trains like the Bernina Express, Chocolate Train, Glacier Express and the Gotthard Panorama Express. They are also required for international trains.

3. Activate and travel

Your pass is pre-validated at the time of booking and will be valid for the period of time you have selected. With a continuous Swiss Travel Pass, the pass will be attached to the booking confirmation email. It is available in two formats:

  • Print at home ticket which must be printed on white A4 paper
  • E-ticket with barcode which can be shown on all mobile devices

Comparison

Rail Passes vs. Train Tickets

Rail Passes Train Tickets
Best for discovering more than 3 cities
Children usually travel free
Often includes travel bonuses
Seat reservations included for most trains

FAQs

Find answers now by viewing our Frequently Asked Questions.

Q. What is a Rail Pass?

A rail pass is a travel document that entitles you to travel on European trains in a specific geographic area (country/countries), for a specific number of days.

Be mindful that having a rail pass doesn’t necessarily mean that you can hop on any train at will, within the geographical area covered by your rail pass. Depending on the country, the type of train and the route, you may need to purchase seat reservations at an additional cost.

Lastly, rail passes are packed with additional benefits, also known as rail pass bonuses which can range from discounted shopping in retail stores, to preferential rates on other modes of transportation like ferry or bus, to rebates on hotel nights, reduced admission at museums attractions, and more

Q. What's the difference between a rail pass and a train ticket?

A rail pass and a train ticket are two completely different types of travel documents.

A train ticket is valid for a single journey between two cities. Many tickets also include a reservation, which mean that they are valid only for a specific train, on a specific date and at a given time. To learn more about tickets, read our article: tickets explained.

A rail pass, on the other hand, is good for travel in an entire geographical area (1 country, 2 countries or more). With it you can take as many train trips as you want within that geographical area, for as many travel days as you purchased, within a set period of time (the pass validity period).

Q. What is the difference between a flexi pass and a consecutive/continuous pass?

A flexi pass is valid for a specific number of travel days to be used within the overall validity period of that rail pass. For example, 15 days of unlimited train travel to be used within a 2-month period. With this kind of rail pass, you can pick and choose any days (they don’t have to be consecutive) to travel within the rail pass’ validity period.

Continuous (or consecutive) rail passes such as the Eurail Global Pass, are valid for unlimited train travel during the whole duration of the pass’ validity period. In other words, with a 15-day Eurail Global Pass, you can travel for 15 consecutive days by train. Even if you don’t take the train each and every day, those days will be considered used

Q. What is a travel day on a rail pass?

A travel day on a rail pass is a 24-hour period, from midnight to midnight, during which you can take as many train journeys as you desire. Since rail passes use calendar days, journeys within 24-hours of each other but on different days will count as two travel days.

Q. What is the "validity period" of a rail pass?

The validity period of a rail pass is the time period in which you must complete your travels with your rail pass. This period is calculated from the date stamped on the rail pass by the railway official.

With a flexi pass this period is defined as a certain number of calendar months – typically one or two.

With a continuous day pass the validity period equals the number of travel days.

Q. Can I use my rail pass on any train within its area of coverage?

In general, yes, but there are some exceptions and a few rules to keep in mind.

First, be mindful that some trains (such as high speed, scenic, and night trains) require rail pass holders to purchase reservations at an additional cost.

For international train journeys, be sure that your rail pass covers the country of departure, country of arrival, and any countries through which your train will travel.

Lastly, some private rail lines in certain countries don’t offer reservations for rail pass holders and don’t accept rail passes. In these cases, you can purchase a train ticket locally for the desired journey.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.