Swiss Travel System

Switzerland by train, bus and boat

There are many reasons to explore Switzerland by public transport. First and foremost, it is the best way to enjoy the unparalleled panorama in a truly relaxed atmosphere. Also, seamless connections are guaranteed - whether by train, bus, boat or mountain railway. Last but not least, all of this can be done with just one single ticket: the Swiss Travel Pass.

Swiss Travel System 

Switzerland possesses not only the densest public transport network in the world but also one of the most popular ones. Some 29,000 kilometres of rail, road and waterway cover the country like a finely woven network. Comfortable and punctual connections promise a hassle-free onward journey - from the airport or border station or from neighbouring countries. Connections are always assured: Even as high up as 3,800 metres a.s.l., public transport services are coordinated to perfection.

The Swiss Travel System offers travellers from abroad the possibility to discover excursion destinations, mountains, lakes and more than 500 museums with one single ticket: the Swiss Travel Pass. Holders of this ticket can explore Switzerland in 3, 4, 8 or 15 days.

Swiss Travel System points-of-sale: www.myswitzerland.com

 

 

Getting to Lake Constance region

Lake Constance region can easily be reached by public transportation from the surrounding countries:

  • The Ceneri Base Tunnel, which will go into operation on the 13th December 2020, will shorten the journey time by 15 minutes. Zurich can now be reached from Lugano in under two hours.
  • From Milano it takes about 5 hours to get to Lake Constance - using the Eurocity in 3.15h to Zurich and then continuing to Romanshorn right at the lake shore within 45 minutes.
  • By taking the Deutsche Bahn DB trains via Basel, Lake Constance can be reached within a two hour journey from there.
  • Reaching Zurich from Austria, it takes only one hour from there to Romanshorn on the Swiss shore of Lake Constance.
  • From Paris it takes about 5h20 to Lake Constance - using the TGV Lyira to Zurich and then continuing to Romanshorn.

Tickets and schedules are available here: sbb.ch

Swiss Travel System Tickets

  • Swiss Travel Pass

With the Swiss Travel Pass, vacationers travel throughout Switzerland by train, bus, boat, and mountain railway – all with one single ticket. It also covers the premium panoramic trains Glacier Express, Bernina Express, Luzern–Interlaken Express, GoldenPass Panoramic as well as the Gotthard Panorama Express. Swiss Travel System ticket holders receive a 50% discount on most mountain railways. Excursions to Rigi, Stanserhorn, Schilthorn and Stoos are even fully included. Likewise, public transportation in more than 90 Swiss towns and cities is covered. All Swiss Travel System tickets and passes are available for both 1st and 2nd class. Thanks to the Flex and Youth passes, a perfect solution is available for every travel need and budget.

 

  • Swiss Travel Pass Flex 

The Swiss Travel Pass Flex entitles visitors to nationwide travel by train, bus and boat – whenever and wherever they please. It includes all the benefits of the regular Swiss Travel Pass, plus a free choice of travel dates and destinations. Visitors can choose to soak up scenic splendours on a panorama train today, savour city life tomorrow, and head for the heights by mountain railway the day after. Within any given month, the Swiss Travel Pass Flex is valid on any 3, 4, 8 or 15 freely-selectable days.

Prices on: myswitzerland.com/tickets

 

Travelling can be so easy - 5 reasons to use public transportation:

Travelling by Swiss public transport is comfortable and convenient. Here are five reasons why Switzerland is best explored by train, bus and boat:

  • Travelling can be so beautiful: Switzerland's numerous panoramic trains delight their guests with captivating scenery slowly passing by.
  • Travelling can be so comfortable: It's almost like a home from home! That's how welcome and comfortable guests feel on Swiss trains.
  • Travelling can be so simple: Out of the bus and onto the boat; from the train straight to the airplane: Changing transportation is wonderfully easy in Switzerland - wherever the journey may go. With 25.836 stops, the densest public transport network reaches practically any travel destination.
  • Travelling can be so authentic: Switzerland stands for reliability, quality and safety. Of course, this also hold true for public transportation. Whoever wants to experience Switzerland at its most authentic should do as locals do - and travel like the Swiss: by train, bus and boat.
  • Travelling can be so diverse: Here, historic and modern mans of transportation go hand in hand. Also, public transport is not just about taking passengers from A to B. It also offers numerous adventure lines that turn the journey into its own awards.

Get more information about experiences with train, bus or boat on: myswitzerland.com/swisstravelsystem

Excursions

Säntis cableway close to Lake Constance

Säntis cableway

The Säntis, at 2,502 m above sea level, is simply fascinating. Enjoy unique panoramic views of six countries, Lake Constance and the Alpine foothills. The mountain is well worth a visit in all...

Erlebnisrundfahrt mit der Zahnradbahn

Rorschach-Heiden rack railway

The Lake Constance rack railway goes from Rorschach to the attractive Biedermeier village of Heiden. Enjoy the pleasant rail journey for stunning views over Lake Constance, especially during the...

Aerial photograph of the Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen at Lake Constance

Rhine Falls

Every year, more than two million visitors make the pilgrimage to Schaffhausen to see the roaring waters of the Rhine. That is why Schaffhausen is sometimes called the “City of the Rhine Falls”....

Abbey library in St.Gallen close to Lake Constance

Abbey Cathedral of St Gall, UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Abbey Cathedral of St.Gall, the abbey library and the surrounding monastery buildings - in short the St.Gallen Abbey District - was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. This magnificent...

Arenenberg close to Lake Constance

Arenenberg – Chateau and Napoleonic museum

The chateau is situated at one of the most beautiful vantage points in the Lake Constance region. In 1816, Hortense de Beauharnais, stepdaughter of Napoleon I, chose to exile herself here. Visitors...

Panoramic view over Lake Constance from the Rheineck-Walzenhausen rack railway

Rheineck-Walzenhausen rack railway

Leaving from the charming village of Rheineck in the Rhine valley, enjoy a romantic journey to Walzenhausen in the Appenzell foothills with the rack railway. Take the opportunity to peek inside the...

MS München on Lake Constance

Passenger ships

A light breeze that strokes your face. The unmistakable smell of the fresh Lake Constance air. A glass of wine by the ship’s rail as you look out across the great expanse of the lake: A cruise with...

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