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Buy a Swiss Travel Pass before you depart. It's so easy to use and enables you to hop on almost any transportation!

Must knows about the Swiss Travel Pass

  • Unlimited traveling throughout the country. No tickets required for trains, buses and boats; just board and enjoy the ride.
  • Discounts on trips to mountain tops.
  • Free museums entrance.
  • Children travel along for free.
  • The Swiss Travel Pass was formerly called "Swiss Pass". There's also a "SwissPass" account for Swiss residents, but you don't need that as a tourist.
Digital Swiss Travel Pass on phone

The Swiss Travel Pass with QR code on our phone.

About the Swiss Travel Pass

The Swiss Travel Pass (called "Swiss Pass" until 2014) is Switzerland's all-in-one pass for tourists. You'll get unlimited trips by train, bus and boat, discounted mountain rides and free museum entrance. Details:

  • Free unlimited traveling for 3, 4, 6, 8 or 15 consecutive days.
  • Trains, buses, boats and city transport are free.
  • Cable cars, cogwheel trains and funiculars are discounted by 50% (details and exceptions here).
  • Free entrance to over 500 museums.
  • The Swiss Travel Pass is available for 1st or 2nd class traveling.
  • Children travel along for free with the Swiss Family Card.

The Swiss Travel Pass is a perfect fit if:

  • you have planned a lot of traveling. You'll save money as point to point tickets are more expensive.
  • you prefer ticketless traveling. You don't need to buy tickets for each trip.
  • your plans are not set in stone or you want to be flexible. The Swiss Travel Pass allows spontaneous trips at no extra cost.
  • you stay 15 days or less. If you stay longer than that, please find alternatives here.

Why we mostly use a Swiss Travel Pass

We choose the Swiss Travel Pass for about 70% of our trips to Switzerland. It pays for itself with our mix of long and short journeys, hikes and attractions.

We love our flexibility. With the Swiss Travel Pass we can change our plans on the spot. Examples:

  • We were on our way from Thun to the Schilthorn, but weather in the mountains was disappointing. So instead we got off the train in Interlaken. We made a relaxing boat trip back to Thun, while it was still sunny on the lake.
  • On a beautiful day we planned to visit Stanserhorn and Bürgenstock. After these visits weather was still so brilliant that we added an unplanned 3rd excursion to Rigi Kaltbad.

We did all of this without wasting money on tickets we didn’t fully use, and without buying anything extra.

Why other travelers choose the Swiss Travel Pass

Most other travelers prefer the Swiss Travel Pass over other options too. Please see the train pass buying statistics.

Some statements by our members:

  • "And if you’re wondering whether the Swiss Travel Pass is worth it, we used it for 33 trains, 9 boats, 5 gondolas, 4 funiculars, 1 cogwheel train, and 2 buses in 15 days. Often with last minute impulsive changes in planned travel with minutes to spare." CabinJon
  • "For me, buying an 8 day Swiss Travel Pass was a no brainer. If you're traveling and time is important, the convenience of being able to just jump on any train without waiting to buy a ticket first is amazing and worth the money." ucchoi01


Find prices and points of sale.



Check which resellers offer a discount on the pass.



See where you can travel, and which attractions are included in the pass.



Learn how to use the Swiss Travel Pass once you're in Switzerland.



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