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: myswitzerland.com/tickets

 

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: myswitzerland.com/arrival

 

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.

Getting to Lake Constance region

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

  • From Milan it takes about 5 hours to get to Lake Constance - using the Eurocity in 3.5h to Zurich and then continuing to Romanshorn right at the lake shore within an hour
  • 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

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.

Excursions

Säntis cableway close to Lake Constance

Säntis cableway

Säntis lays rightful claim to being one of the most beautiful natural settings in Europe. You can enjoy the experience all year round and in all weather, as the Aerial tramway is always in service....

Erlebnisrundfahrt mit der Zahnradbahn

Rorschach-Heiden rack railway

The Lake Constance rack railway takes you from Rorschach to the attractive Biedermeier village of Heiden. Enjoy the pleasant journey with the mountain railway and the stunning views over Lake...

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...

Arenenberg close to Lake Constance

Arenenberg Palace and Park, Napoleon Museum Thurgau

The most beautiful castle on Lake Constance with authentic interior design and romantic park grounds. You will feel like you’ve been whisked back to the time of Queen Hortense and her son, Napoleon...

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

Rheineck-Walzenhausen rack railway

Leaving from the pretty little town of Rheineck in the Rhine valley, enjoy a romantic journey to Walzenhausen in the Appenzell foothills with the rack railway. While you are in this unique train,...

MS München on Lake Constance

Passenger ships

A short break on-board. 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...