Budget hotels are widely available, even in popular mountain villages like Mürren.
Switzerland isn't cheap, but that does not mean you can't come if you're on a budget. We have selected the hotels below because they're cheap, but also located centrally and close to the rail stations.
Popular excellent hotel at a less than 5-minute walk from the famous Staubbach waterfall. There are budget rooms with a shared bathroom, and rooms with a private bathroom. In-house dining options are not available, but you'll find restaurants at walking distance. The rooms with a balcony offer the best views.
Ideal for budget travelers: affordable accommodation only a few minutes on foot from the Lauterbrunnen train station. The hostel offers a self-service kitchen, a garden and a luggage room. There are private rooms and dorms, and most rooms have a balcony.
The pretty village Lenk, south of the Simmen valley, is a perfect base for lovers of the outdoors. The highly rated Hotel Garni Alpenruh is located across the railway station, so you can easily reach Zweisimmen. There are south-facing rooms with balcony, and most rooms have a private bathroom. Apart from breakfast, the hotel doesn't serve meals, but you'll find several cafes and restaurants within walking distance.
This villa built in 1860 is situated in a quiet green area next to the rail station of Lugano and at walking distance from the city center and the lake. There's a garden with a pool. This is a good option for backpackers and anyone looking for affordable accommodation.
Small affordable hotel in the luxurious shopping street Via Nassa, which is part of the pedestrian zone in the historical city center of Lugano.
Popular basic accommodation in the center of Zermatt.
Popular basic accommodation near the rail station Basel SBB, with all kinds of rooms: from single-bed rooms to 6-bed dorms and family rooms.
Cheap basic accommodation at an absolute top location in the old town of Bern.
The affordable Schlosshotel offers a scenic view of the Stockalper Palace and its parc. It's located just outside the town center.
This small affordable hotel is located in a village just outside Lugano. Easy to reach by train. Note that this hotel is closed in winter.
This large, modern hotel at walking distance of Celerina's railway station offers a wide range of rooms for any budget: from affordable multi-bed rooms to stylish studios. You can have a bite or a drink in the lounge/bar. Parking, WiFi, use of the nearby tennis court and many more services are all included.
Fine low-budget accommodation at walking distance from the main rail station.
Affordable rooms just outside the center of Grindelwald. Great views of the Eiger and the other mountains from the south facing rooms.
Small hotel in the center of Interlaken, at walking distance from the Interlaken West station.
Affordable hotel just across the river in the suburb Unterseen. At walking distance from shops, restaurants and the Interlaken West train station, which is the starting point for your day trips.
Basic but good-quality lodging with a restaurant, at a convenient location near the rail station Interlaken Ost.
Centrally located cheap guest house in Locarno. Everything you need (shops, restaurants, train station) is only a few minutes away on foot.
This isn't your average budget hotel: it's located in Lucerne's former prison. The souvenir shop and room names still remind of this past. Breakfast and free wifi are at your disposal. The Barabas hotel is located in the old town, within easy reach of the railway station.
Affordable modern guesthouse between the Lugano city center and the district of Paradiso.
Cheap accommodation in the district Paradiso in Lugano. The funicular to Mount San Salvatore departs just around the corner, and the dock for boat trips is close-by as well.
Small affordable hotel right next to the Mürren train station, so easy to reach! There's a game room, bar, restaurant and terrace. Book a superior room for the best views.
Hotel Klein Matterhorn is situated next to the railway station in the village of Randa, surrounded by impressive mountain ridges. It's a great budget alternative to pricier hotels in Zermatt, as you can reach this nearby resort in a 15-minute train ride. The small hotel offers a restaurant serving Swiss dishes, a bar, a patio and a children's playground.
This small hotel offers 8 rooms at budget prices. Its convenient location is ideal: next to the railway station of Täsch, where trains leave to nearby Zermatt. Travelers recommend Alpine Budget Rooms for cleanliness and the tasty breakfast.
This budget hotel with restaurant and sauna is located right across the railway station of Täsch. It's only a short train ride to Zermatt.
We think this small hostel is an excellent choice if you're on a budget. It's not in the center of Montreux, but still easily accessible: just minutes from the train stop, boat dock and the funicular up to Glion. The hostel offers breakfast and dinner. There is a playground nearby.