Soak in the sights by train, bus and boat, which you can access via an all-in-one ticket – the Swiss Travel Pass. Here’s how
You know what they say – when in Switzerland, do as the Swiss do. If you’ve got this postcard-perfect country on your bucket list, you’ll definitely want to immerse yourselves in its spectacular vistas. So take a leaf from the locals and travel by train, bus and boat as they offer convenient connections from one breathtaking panorama to the next, and on one single ticket: the Swiss Travel Pass.
The Swiss Travel Pass gives you access to Switzerland’s public transport network from end to end over three, four, eight or 15 consecutive days. For those who prefer more flexibility, the Swiss Travel Pass Flex lets you select the days you want to travel within one month. Rates start from S$312 for a second class pass for three days to S$1,060 for a 15-day first class pass, and they come with sweet perks such as 50 percent discount on most mountain excursions, free admission to over 500 museums and complimentary travel for children up to their 16th birthday when accompanied by at least one parent holding a Swiss Travel Pass.
These are the highlights that you can expect…
Treat your ‘gram
No prizes for guessing our favourite mode of transport in Switzerland. Travelling by rail lets you check out the fascinating landscapes – from wild gorges forged by glacial waters to lofty Alpine peaks, you’ll be taking in all the country has to offer. We recommend choosing the first class pass, which offers wider seats, more legroom and electrical power outlets. To enjoy the full view through windows that stretch high overhead, try one of the premium panoramic trains. Oh, and do make it a point to step off the train and hop on a mountain railway for an unforgettable view of Alpine or Pre-Alpine summits from a high vantage point.
Level up your vacation
The Swiss Federal Railway means business when it comes to service. Train compartments are furnished with high-quality seats that provide plenty of space to stretch your legs, and luggage can be picked up and delivered from door-to-door upon request. All you have to do is kick back and enjoy the lush surrounds, complete with on-board restaurants serving up specialities from various Swiss regions. Isn’t that the life?
Travel without the drama
You may be surprised to learn that the route network of rail, road and waterway is an approximate 29,000 kilometres, with more than 25,000 stations, stops and piers servicing all destinations. The numbers can seem a little daunting, but there’s nothing to worry about as there are regular interval timetables that offer access to all main destinations at half-hour intervals – and yes, even at a 3,000 metres altitude connections run like clockwork.
Go on the route less travelled
Whether you’re commuting by train, bus or boat, the network takes travellers to even the most remote parts of Switzerland where you’ll glide by vibrant cities or float towards snow-covered Alpine summits. But make no mistake; it’s not about arriving at the destination, but the experience in between. For example, you can take a ride on the chocolate train that’ll take you on a tour of the Cailler-Nestlé chocolate factory, have dinner in the cabin of a cableway or bring the fam on the Globi-Express, inspired by a beloved Swiss children’s book character.
Navigation at your fingertips
Jetting off soon? Here’s a tip: you won’t want to leave without downloading the Swiss Travel Guide app on your smartphone where you can create your own bucket list with more than 500 Swiss highlights to choose from, discount coupons, public transportation tips and much more, making your commute a smoother and hassle-free one.
For bookings and enquiries, contact Dynasty Travel (6536 4966), Platform 9 (6317 2111) or visit myswitzerland.com/rail.
This article is sponsored by Switzerland Tourism