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:
- Unlimited travel on consecutive days
- 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.