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.

The world's densest public transport network

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:


International Arrival

Whether individual trip or onward journey to Switzerland from Germany, Austria Italy or France - arriving by train is the perfect option for every traveller. More than 80 connections daily take passengers from city centre to city centre. All of it without luggage limitations or waiting times. Ample elbow-room, catering facilities and manifold onboard services help guests to switch to vacation mode already right during the train journey.

For a relaxed and timely arrival at the destination:

Swiss Travel System ticket range - caters for all tastes:

  • Swiss Travel Pass - the all-in-one-ticket:

The Swiss Travel Pass offers unlimited travel by train, bus and boat including panoramic routes (excluding seat reservation and/or surcharge) as well as public transportation in 90 towns and cities. Both, the mountain excursions Rigi, Schilthorn, Stanserhorn and Stoos and admission to more than 500 museums nationwide, are fully covered. Many mountain railways offer holders of the Swiss Travel System ticket a discount of up to 50%. The pass is also available as e-ticket.

Validity: 3, 4, 8 or 15 consecutive days.

Discount: Young travellers up to their 26th birthday receive a 15% discount on the regular Swiss Travel System ticket 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: 3, 4, 8 or 15 freely selectable days within one month.

  • Swiss Half Fare Card - all of Switzerland at half the price:

Up to 50% discount on journeys by train, bus, boat and mountain railways as well as public transportation in 90 towns and cities. Valid for one month and available as e-ticket.

++ Due to the current Corona pandemic will the prices for the Swiss Travel Pass as well as for the Swiss Travel Pass Flex remain unchanged in 2021. ++

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:

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.


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