Switzerland is the perfect destination for holidaymakers who want to travel sustainably because it’s so easy and enjoyable to explore by public transport.
Its network of trains, buses and boats covers no less than 18,000 miles, making it the most dense in the world, and for those who like to travel in style, first-class train coaches provide wider seats and more legroom. On boats, first-class is usually located on the upper deck, providing magnificent views.
For those with mobility issues, the SBB Call Centre Handicap provides information on accessibility of stations and trains and recommends the most suitable trains, plus offers boarding and disembarkation assistance at larger stations.
Everyone knows that Swiss rains run like clockwork, but did you also know that they always run at the same minute after every full and half hour, making planning an itinerary so easy?
The Swiss Travel Pass
The all-in-one Swiss Travel Pass allows visitors to explore Switzerland from end to end, providing unlimited travel by train, bus and boat for three, four, six, eight or 15 days.
The Pass also includes unlimited travel on Switzerland’s five premium panoramic trains, which pass through charming cities such as Lucerne and natural spectacles like the Rhine Falls, plus soaring mountains including the mighty Matterhorn and Jungfraujoch.
Other benefits include free admission to more than 500 museums across the country and free mountain excursions to the lofty peaks of Rigi, Stanserhorn and Stoos. Discounts of up to 50% are available on other mountain excursions.
Not only that, but the pass also gives up to 30% off SBB RailAway offers, such as entry to festivals or Swiss Christmas market, plus unlimited access public transport in more than 90 towns and cities, making it fantastic value.
Children aged six to 15 travel free with their parents with a complimentary Swiss Family Card, while there’s no charge for children under six. Prices start from CHF 244.
Watch tennis ace Roger Federer and his friend, South African comedian Trevor Noah, on a train journey through Switzerland in the latest Switzerland Tourism advert.
Become a Swiss transport expert
Switzerland has a new e-learning platform for trade specialists, the Swiss Travel Systems Excellent Program. Free to join and regularly updated, it provides all the essential information about Swiss public transport in one user-friendly tool.
The program is split into three courses, Starter, Basic and Advanced, with quizzes at the end to test your knowledge.
Those who complete the course earn an Expert Diploma and get a chance to win prizes. Hop on now to become a Swiss public transport expert!