Train Travel in Switzerland
There is no other form of transportation that brings you closer to the charm of Switzerland, both affordable and easy. Trains are synonymous with the spirit of going places, and nowhere is this more true than in Switzerland. Travel in style!
Book A Train
If you are visiting from the US or Canada and would like to book any of the above train tickets, including the Glacier Express and the Panoramic Express, click here to start. The booking engine of RailEurope lets you order and pay online and your Swiss train tickets will be sent to your address.
For UK and Scandinavian residents, please click here for the booking engine of Swiss Travel System. Here you can purchase various Swiss rail tickets which then will be sent to your address.
For all other travelers including the rest of Europe and Switzerland, please start here to access the booking engine of Swiss Railways. Here you can purchase all Swiss rail tickets and they will be sent to your address.
For general information call Rail Europe at 1-888 438 7245 or look up train schedules at www.sbb.ch/en/
Train Ticket Options
Swiss Transfer Ticket
The Swiss Transfer Ticket provides you with return travel from the Swiss border or one of Switzerland's airports to your selected destination (valid up to 1 month).
The Swiss Card offers you the same advantages as the Swiss Transfer Ticket, plus you can travel for a whole month by train, bus and boat at only half the normal ticket price. Many mountain railways also grant reductions.
The Swiss Pass entitles you to unrestricted travel by rail, postal buses and lake steamers on the Swiss Travel System network for 4, 8, 15 or 22 days or 1 full month. Included are public trams and buses in 36 towns and cities, and you will receive discounts of up to 50% on fares of many mountain railways and cable cars and free entry to over 400 museums in Switzerland.
Swiss Flexi Pass
This Swiss Flexi Pass gives you unrestricted travel on the Swiss Travel System on 3, 4, 5, 6, or 8 days of your choice within a period of 1 month. Plus the same extras that apply for the Swiss Pass.
Trains, lake steamers, postal buses and city transportation lines in Switzerland are all synchronized for easy connections, making it one of the densest transportation networks in the world. See sample itineraries!
For a detailed route map, please click here
The punctuality of Swiss public transport remains one of the wonders of the modern world. Train services nearly always depart on time, and rail timetables are well integrated with those of the post bus system, which operates on routes not covered by rail, serving remote villages and valleys.
A panoramic trip through the Alpine heartland of Switzerland, and a memorable way of traveling from the eastern to the western Swiss Alps. Route: Zermatt - Brig - Andermatt - Chur - Davos / St. Moritz and vice versa. Journey time: 7 1/2 hours, runs all year. Summer: 4 trains daily; Winter 1 train daily
The north-south Alpine crossing from Chur to Lugano offers breathtaking views as you travel from ice-age glaciers to palm trees. Route: Chur - St. Moritz - Bernina Pass - Tirano by train - then continue by bus to Lugano and vice versa. Journey time: 7 hours. Train runs all year, bus runs May to mid October. Frequency: 1 train daily
The William Tell Express links German-speaking central Switzerland with the Italian-speaking Mediterranean-like portion of Switzerland. Route: Lucerne - Fluelen by boat, then continue by train to Lugano/Locarno (change in Bellinzona for Lugano). A lunch is included on the boat. Journey time: 5 1/2 hours. Train runs May to October. Frequency: 2 trains daily. Runs in both directions
Golden Pass Line
Golden Pass is the natural link between Central Switzerland and Lake Geneva. Route: Lucerne - Interlaken - Zweisimmen - Montreux and vice versa. We suggest to reserve the Zweisimmen to Montreux Route. Journey time: 5 1/2 hours from Lucerne or 1 1/2 hours from Zweisimmen to Montreux or vice versa. Train runs all year. Frequency: several trains daily
Enjoy stunning views of the vineyards surrounding Montreux and medieval Gruyères and continue to Broc, where the chocolate factory is marvelously situated between Lake Gruyères and the Alps. Journey time: 8 hours. Runs June to October. Frequency: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
A reservation fee will be added to your Swiss Railpass for the scenic trains.
Swiss Museum Pass: the Swiss Pass, Swiss Youth Pass and Swiss Flexi Pass are also valid as a Swiss Museum Pass.
Note that when purchasing Swiss Rail Tickets online, you will receive paper copies of the tickets that you will need to travel in Switzerland. These original tickets will be sent to your home address by mail. Depending on the order date and the country you life in, it may take anywhere from 2 - 15 days (regular mail) and 1 - 5 days (Express) to deliver.
50% Discount on Excursions to Mountain-Tops: the Swiss Pass, Swiss Youth Pass and Swiss Flexi Pass now also double up as half-fare card. Any of the above tickets are eligible for a hefty 50% discount on all mountain-top rides by cogwheel train or cable car (previously: discount of 25%). Holders of a Swiss Flexi Pass can take advantage of 50% discount on the entire Swiss Travel System network (trains, buses, boats, cable cars) on the days you have not validated for free travel.