Wednesday, July 5, 2017

How to travel by train in Switzerland at cheapest prices !

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin
Swiss trains are one of the most expensive mode of transport in Europe.  Are you worried about huge Swiss fares ? Most people opt for an easier way out and opt for Swiss Travel Pass.  There is another way out which I will discuss in this post.

Swiss Train
Swiss Train [Photo Credit : Pixabay]

Let's start with the Swiss Travel Pass.







1. Swiss Travel Pass

One of the most common ways of travelling within Switzerland is buying the Swiss Travel Pass depending on the number of days you plan to travel. This is the best option if you are travelling in an unplanned manner and desire flexibility.
The Swiss Travel Pass comes in 4 options (as of July 2017) :

a. Swiss Travel Pass - Adults with Age > 26 years - 3/4/8/15 days of consecutive travel
Prices range from 216 CHF to 458 CHF

b. Swiss Travel Pass Youth- Adults with Age < 26 years - 3/4/8/15 days of consecutive travel
Prices range from 185 CHF to 393 CHF

c. Swiss Travel Pass Flex - Adults with Age > 26 years - 3/4/8/15 days of non-consecutive travel within a month
Prices range from 248 CHF to 502 CHF.

d. Swiss Travel Pass Flex Youth - Adults with Age < 26 years - 3/4/8/15 days of non-consecutive travel within a month
Prices range from 213 CHF to 431 CHF.

For more information, visit the official website:
https://www.sbb.ch/en/leisure-holidays/travel-in-switzerland/international-guests/swiss-travel-pass.html

While Swiss Travel Pass is a great option if you are spending many unplanned days in Switzerland,

However, if you are travelling for less than 3 days OR have a clear plan for the time of travel and destinations, there is a better way to book train tickets:





2. SUPERSAVER TICKETS (upto 50% discount)

The official website of Swiss Railways (https://www.sbb.ch/en/) offers SuperSaver Tickets on several routes with upto 50% discounts. The ticket window opens 1 month before the travel date  and it's a good idea to book the SuperSaver tickets as soon as the window opens since such tickets are limited in Supply.

For example, if you wish to travel from Geneva to Zermatt, normal ticket price (one way) is 98 CHF.

This ticket can be booked as a non-refundable SuperSaver ticket with discount prices as under:

As you can see, you can do some research beforehand and book these tickets as soon as the window opens and take advantage of affordable discount prices for booking train tickets in Switzerland.

While such tickets may not be available on all routes, they are available on a lot of routes.

To know more about SuperSaver tickets, visit the below link:
https://www.sbb.ch/en/travelcards-and-tickets/tickets-for-switzerland/supersaver-tickets.html

Happy Travelling in Switzerland!


Book Sightseeing Tours in Switzerland:




Buy the Eurail Pass from the below:

Don't want the EuRail Pass? Book your point to point train tickets from Trainline.