Grand Train Tour of Switzerland
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The Swiss Travel System is incredibly comprehensive and includes trains, buses and boats.
And you’ll want to take advantage of all of these to journey through the Alps, St. Moritz, Lugano, Zermatt and more. And, with the new Swiss Travel e-pass, you can start your journey right away.
Trains can take you from Zurich Airport to many places including the Jungfraujoch, the German Black Forest and the French Vosges. The most popular Swiss routes include, of course, the famous scenic trains : the GoldenPass, the Glacier Express or Bernina Express. And why choose just one when you can enjoy them all on a Grand Train Tour of Switzerland ? Smoothly travel through Swiss alpine fields, cross mountain streams on spectacular bridges, all while enjoying breathtaking panoramic views of the Swiss Alps. So why wait ? Book now !
We’ve put together a number of exciting options to make sure you get the most out of your vacation.
Availables Swiss Travel Products
Make the most of your journey in Switzerland with a Swiss Travel Pass.
The Swiss Travel Pass offers travelers the most comprehensive way to fully experience the beauty and culture of Switzerland with :
- Unlimited free access to the Swiss Travel System’s network of trains, buses, boats and city transportation
- Free access to most of Switzerland’s scenic train journeys
- Discounts on cable cars, funiculars, and mountain trains
- Discounts on select city tours.
- Free travel for children under the age of 16 (traveling with a parent or legal guardian)
- Free entrance into over 480 museums country wide
Common QuestionsFind answers now by viewing our Frequently Asked Questions. .
Q. Why visit Europe by train ?
Why visit Europe by train ?
First of all for the simple fact that trains represents the most hassle-free choice to reach your destination.
Then for the fact that trains go everywhere in Europe, from small villages to major cities. They are safe, modern and very comfortable.
The rail network in Europe is one of the most extensive in the world. The implication of important national railway companies like the SNCF, DB, SBB, RENFE, TRENITALIA etc. means that western European countries are leading the race to offer the most convenient way to travel from city centre to city centre.
Q. What is a rail pass ?
What is a rail pass ?
Rail passes are widely used by travellers looking to experience as much as they can when visiting Europe. By knowing the advantages of a rail pass you will also understand how it works.
One or more countries : You can choose to buy a rail pass covering one country, two neighbouring countries or multiple countries. You can even visit 28 countries with the Eurail Global Pass !
Unlimited travel : Take 1 train or 5 trains a day or travel 50km or 400km. With a rail pass, you can travel as much as you want.
Flexibility : Travel whenever you want, wherever you want. No need to plan ahead ! A rail pass offers unmatched freedom to make multiple journeys.
Seat reservation at a nominal price : A rail pass offers a special passholder fare to travel on board all trains which require a seat reservation. This means that you will only pay a small fee to travel on board premium trains like the TGV, Eurostar, Thalys, TGV Lyria and more.
Q. Rail pass activation
Rail pass activation
Rail passes must be activated within 11 months of the issuing date at a railway station in Europe.
Make sure to bring along your travel documents as a railway official will fill in your passport number before stamping your rail pass to validate it.
Before boarding it is mandatory to write down the date of travel on your rail pass as well as recording your trip in the Travel Report on the rail pass cover.
Q. Train ticket vs Rail pass
Train ticket vs Rail pass
A train ticket is cheaper if you book in advance and plan on doing only 2 or 3 trips.
A rail pass is better if you want the freedom to travel extensively in one or more countries.
Finding out what is the best product for you, will save you money and time.
Q. Consecutive vs Flexible validities
Consecutive vs Flexible validities
Flexible validities allow you to choose which days you want to travel within the period covered by your rail pass.
E.g. For a rail pass with a validity of 5 days within 1 month. If you activate your rail pass on the 1st of the month, you can travel on the 3rd, 4th, 7th, 12th and 30th of this month.
Consecutive validities give you unlimited travel during consecutive days.
E.g. For a rail pass with a validity of 3 days continuous. By activating your rail pass on the 1st of the month, you can use it until the 3rd.
Q. What is a seat reservation ?
What is a seat reservation ?
A seat reservation is a guaranteed seat on-board a train. Seat reservations are compulsory for most high speed, international, and night trains. However, as you will be travelling with a rail pass, you will only have to pay for a small reservation fee, as opposed to the usual standard fare.
Advance seat reservation is a great way to avoid wasting time and most importantly be in the unpleasant situation where no seats are available once in Europe.
Remember, you can board most regional trains without any prior seat reservations !