Switzerland comprises the densest public transport network in the world – and also one of the most popular. It extends for some 29,000 captivating kilometres, linking trains, buses, boats and mountain railways nationwide. The Swiss Travel System offers visitors a unique opportunity to discover the diversity of the country by road, rail and waterway, including the Alps, lakes, other delightful destinations and more than 500 museums. And with just a single all-in-one ticket, available exclusively for travellers from abroad – the Swiss Travel Pass.
Vacation visitors to Switzerland can benefit from the Swiss Travel System the minute they set foot in the country. Comfortable direct connections from neighbouring countries are offered to some Swiss destinations. And at frontier railway stations and airports, trains and/or buses are ready and waiting to take passengers to Swiss city centres, holiday resorts and even snow-capped summits rising to 3800 metres. Public transport services are planned to perfection. Regular, reliable and coordinated connections are assured, guaranteeing trouble-free travel nationwide. Whether visitors stay for only a few days or for longer duration, for selected excursions or extensive round-trips, the Swiss Travel System offers an entire range of special tickets. This covers the popular panorama trains such as the Glacier Express, Bernina Express, GoldenPass Line and Gotthard Panorama Express – spectacular scenic trips which never fail to fascinate the vacation visitor. The Swiss Travel Pass also covers free admission to more than 500 museums nationwide. These include such highlights as the recently expanded Swiss National Museum next to Zurich main station, historic Chillon Castle on Lake Geneva, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne and the Paul Klee Centre in Bern.
Grand Train Tour of Switzerland – a unique travel experience
The year 2015 saw the launching of the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland, linking the most attractive panorama rail routes across the country and highlighting selected excursion options. The tour can be enjoyed all year round, and passengers may start their journey of discovery from any point; there is no pre-determined direction. And best of all – this trip too can be travelled with the all-in-one Swiss Travel Pass.
Swiss Travel System – the tickets at a glance
Swiss Travel Pass – the all-in-one ticket
The Swiss Travel Pass offers unlimited travel by train, bus and boat including panorama routes (excluding supplements and seat reservation); as well as public transport in 90 towns and cities. It also includes free Alpine excursions up to the Pilatus, Rigi and Schynige Platte peaks, up to 50 per cent reduction off other mountain railways, and free admission to more than 500 museums nationwide.
Validity: three, four, eight or 15 consecutive days. Reduction: travellers aged under 26 receive a 15 per cent reduction off the regular Swiss Travel Pass price.
Swiss Travel Pass Flex – the flexible solution
The Swiss Travel Pass Flex offers the same benefits as the Swiss Travel Pass – plus flexibility.
Validity: three, four, eight or 15 freely selectable days within one month.
Swiss Transfer Ticket – trouble-free travel there and back
Travel by train, bus and boat from any Swiss airport or frontier railway station to any holiday Swiss destination and back again. Travel to or from the destination must be made by the most direct route and within one day. Validity: two transfers within one month.
Swiss Half Fare Card – all of Switzerland at half the price
Up to 50 per cent reduction off travel by train, bus, boat and mountain railways, and public transport in 90 towns and cities.
Validity: one month.
Swiss Family Card – children travel free
The complimentary Swiss Family Card permits children aged between six and 16 to travel free of charge when accompanied by at least one parent in possession of a Swiss Travel System ticket. Children travelling alone receive a 50 per cent reduction off any Swiss Travel System ticket.
The Swiss Travel System AG is a Zurich-based marketing company, co-founded in 2011 by the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), Switzerland Tourism and five private railway companies. The Swiss Travel System’s core objectives include the marketing worldwide of public transport in Switzerland and the range of special tickets created exclusively for travellers from outside the country. Its flagship product is the Swiss Travel Pass – an all-in-one ticket which for more than 25 years has assured visiting vacationers trouble-free travel on almost every train, bus and boat route nationwide.
Swiss Travel System AG has launched a new website, which exclusively targets its media and trade partners. Centrepieces of the platform are its News Area and the Download Centre, which make target group-oriented and detailed information and content available to partners around the world.
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