Thursday, March 13, 2008

One pass to rule them all.




If J.R.R. Tolkien’s One Ring represented all that is evil and dark in the world, then the Swiss Pass symbolizes light, and all that can be great with civilization.

It is difficult for a person living in a country that lacks good public transportation to understand the Swiss Travel System. Some people just don’t believe it until they touch down in Switzerland and experience it for themselves. Public transportation in Switzerland is timely, safe, clean, convenient, comfortable and extremely easy to use. Trains are a major component of the Swiss Travel System but boats, buses, funiculars, trams and cable cars also transport millions of people every day within Switzerland.

As if Switzerland’s travel network weren’t efficient enough, visitors to Switzerland have the opportunity to use one single pass that works for the entire Swiss Travel System, including lake steamers, trains, buses and some cable cars.

The Swiss Pass entitles visitors to unlimited travel on consecutive days throughout the STS network and is available in 4, 8, 15, 22-day or one month configurations.

The Swiss pass also covers scenic routes and local trams and buses in 37 towns and cities and offers a 50% reduction on most mountaintop trains and cable cars. The Swiss Pass also includes the Swiss Museum Pass, allowing free entrance to over 400 museums and exhibitions within Switzerland.

The Swiss Saver Pass is the same as the Swiss Pass but offers discounts for multiple people traveling together. The Swiss Flexi-Pass is also the same as the Swiss Pass but allows the traveler to choose their own dates. The travel days don’t have to be consecutive.

Advantages at a glance:

* Unlimited travel throughout the rail, bus and boat Swiss Travel network.

* Covers local trams and buses in 37 cities. This means that you can just hop onto the streetcars or busses in downtown Zurich Geneva or Bern.

* 50% reduction on most mountaintop trains and cable cars. Some private railways like the Jungfraujoch (pictured above) and Glacier Express will differ in price reductions.

* Free entrance to over 400 museums.

* Children from 6 to 15 years inclusive travel free with a Family Card if accompanied by at least one parent.

Another option is the Swiss Card. The Swiss Card works on the entire STS network and gives card holders one round-trip within a one-month period within Switzerland. The card is perfect for travelers that just want to get to and from their tour with minimal transportation in between. For additional transport, the Swiss Card offers unlimited purchase of train, bus, boat and some cable car tickets at 50% off the regular price within the Swiss Card’s 30 day period of validity.

If you plan to stay in Switzerland and do some traveling then please give us a call. We are happy to find the perfect pass for your vacation. We can upgrade your Swiss Card or help you purchase an entirely different pass altogether. If you’re looking to save money during your travels in Switzerland then these passes are the ticket, literally!

What could be more perfect that an all-in-one ticket?

Please contact us for more details.

STS products are not available to residents of Switzerland or the Principality of Liechtenstein.

2 comments:

ray fortin said...

chris, good info on swisspass. since most of the time we only need 2 days of travel (to embarkation point and from end point), i found a half fare deal from swissrail that allows for an out and back at half price. I forgot the term for it but it worked out well.

Chris P. said...

Thanks for the comment Ray. You're right! The Half Fare card is a great deal depending on your itinerary. You can buy them in 1 month or 1, 2 and 3-year terms. They also have a new one that doubles as a credit card.Interestingly, I did a cost comparison between a Half Fare card and a Swiss Card on a recent itinerary and the Swiss Card actually came out cheaper, despite its recent increase in cost. Go figure.

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