Are you traveling to Switzerland and wondering how you will get around? The Swiss Travel Pass may be right for you.

What is the Swiss Travel Pass?

The STP is an “unlimited” ticket that allows you to travel freely on trains, boats, and buses in Switzerland, with some additional added benefits.

There are two types of STPs:

  1. Unlimited travel on consecutive days
  2. Unlimited travel on non-consecutive days (you pick your days)

How much does the Swiss Travel Pass cost?

The first type of STP gives you the ability to travel unlimited on consecutive days in four increments: 3, 4, 8, or 15 days. The pricing is as follows:

The second type of STP gives you the same 3, 4, 8, or 15 days except that this time the days are non-consecutive and you can have your choice of which days you’d like to travel. This is known as the Swiss Travel Pass Flex. The pricing is as follows:

What are the additional benefits?

Along with unlimited travel on trains, boats, and buses in Switzerland, both Swiss Travel Pass options come with the following benefits:

  • 50% discount on most mountain railways and cable cars
  • Free admission to more than 500 museums
  • Children from 6 to 15 years inclusive travel free with a Family Card if accompanied by at least one parent

The only benefit included in one and not the other is an excursion to Mount Rigi, which is only included in the non-flex option.

Do children travel free?

Yes and no. If your child is 6-15 years old and you are accompanying them, they travel for free. If your child is 6-15 years old but unaccompanied, they must pay the prices in the tables above, which is 50% off the adult price.

Is the Swiss Travel Pass worth it?

The short answer is Yes. An overlooked benefit is free boat rides on gorgeous Swiss lakes like Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in Interlaken. When you’re looking at the map, pay attention to solid white lines as these designate boat travel that is included in the STP.

From the research that I’ve done, most people have found the STP to be worth it, but only if you are going to be traveling around the country. Individual tickets can be pricey so you might find that the STP is a better value what you have planned.

A one-way trip from Zurich to Interlaken costs 35 Swiss Francs (~35 USD)

 

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I visit Switzerland annually. I did use the pass one year, with my young son. It was great if you are off season and if you intend to ride a lot of rail. For example, in the Interlakken area, we rode as many trains/cable cars as we could. Keep in mind the Jungfrau (very popular) only gives you a discount on the full price with the pass, so factor that in. It was worth it; used it for three days.

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We bought a pass for the week we vacationed in Switzerland. We did not need to pay for any other transportation out of pocket once we landed in Zurich. It was so nice to know everything was covered that we wanted to visit. It seemed expensive at first until we calculated the cost of activities we wanted to pursue. We used it for local transit, trains (including the panoramic train), boat rides and funicular railway and several museums and attractions while staying in Zurich, Lucerne and Montreux.

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I found a rental with SIxt for about $350 for 13 days and went anywhere I wanted at anytime. Switzerland is small so gas was not an issue. Driving is easy there, as is parking. There are back roads which your GPS can find which are spectacular. For scenic train rides, we used a last-minute site for the Bernina Express to Tirano while leaving our car at our hotel right by the train station in Filisur (highly recommended) for the day, but in some cases when you check into your hotel, the hotel will provide you with a pass which… Read more »

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Agree somewhat – I rent from Sixt also (side note – I rent for Germany and Switzerland and usually in the winter – Sixt is one of few rental agencies which note that the cars have the mandatory winter tires; other agencies let you know when you check in and it can cost you more than 10 euros/day for those tires (required by Germany)); anyways, many hotels do issue local bus passes for free – in Interlakken, I’ve used the pass to get around short distances. As for parking anywhere in Switzerland – it depends – some places want to… Read more »

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There are many places in Switzerland that you simply cannot access by car. The travel pass is expensive, and that should be noted. However, it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison as you cannot get everywhere by car that you can using the modes of transit covered by the travel pass – bus, tram, train, etc.

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Actually, that ticket price that’s 35 CHF is if you have a half fare abo (175 CHF Year), normally that ticket costs 70 CHF if you’re a tourist.

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I live in Switzerland. For anyone planning to visit for more than a week, I suggest looking at the 1-month Half-fare card. It costs 120 CHF and gives you 50% off train tickets and a discount on local trams/buses. The advantage of this Half-fare card is that the 50% discount also applies to Supersaver tickets which can further bring down the price to ~25% of a regular fare ticket. Just make sure to download the SBB app to get the Supersaver tickets.

https://www.sbb.ch/en/leisure-holidays/travel-in-switzerland/international-guests/swiss-halffare-card.html

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