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Swiss Travel Pass: Unlimited Travel on Train, Bus & Boat

1. Swiss Travel Pass: Unlimited Travel on Train, Bus & Boat

The Swiss Travel Pass is a must-have for any traveler to Switzerland. You can enjoy unlimited access by public train, bus, and boat to over 90 cities and towns and benefit from free entrance to 500+ museums, discounted city tours, and access to private and scenic trains with a pre-requisite seat reservation. There are two broad types of Swiss Travel Pass: Continuous and Flexi, with an option to choose from 3, 4, 8, and 15 days. Apart from it being an ‘all-in-one’ pass which allows a traveler to access all modes of public transportation within the country, it also offers numerous other benefits on the mountain excursions. Trips up to Stoos, Brunni, Klewenalp, Stanserhorn and Rigi are included in the Pass. A 50% reduction is offered on most other mountain and cableways (Gornergrat, Titlis, etc). Enjoy free entrance to museums like the the FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich, the National History Museum of Bern, the Paul Klee Center in Bern, and the Natural history museum in Geneva. Explore with access to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Château de Chillon, and the Ballenberg Swiss Open-Air Museum. So be it the adventurous, the avid or the leisure traveler, you will have the chance to make the most of your Switzerland Travel Pass.

Zermatt: Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Cable Car Ticket

2. Zermatt: Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Cable Car Ticket

Secure your ticket to take a trip on the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Cable Car. Ascend to Europe's highest mountain station and travel to Trockener Steg to ride by heated cable car across the Theodul Glacier. Start your journey at the Zermatt-Matterhorn valley station. Within 45 minutes, reach Europe’s highest mountain station at 12,740 ft (3,883 meters) above sea level - the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. First, travel in comfort in an 8-seat gondola of the Matterhorn Express on your way to Trockerner Steg. Pass lush green meadows, old Valais hamlets, and enchanting forests before the landscape changes to one with impressive moraines and stones polished by ice and glaciers.  At Trockener Steg, hop into the highest 3S cable car transporting you up to the peak. Take in spectacular views through the panoramic windows and enjoy the heated seats while crossing the Theodul Glacier. Once you reach the summit, visit the viewing platform and marvel at 38 alpine giants of the French, Italian, and Swiss Alps as well as 14 glaciers. At the cinema lounge, enjoy short movies about mountaineering, the local fauna and flora, the lift facilities, and ice and snow. Or explore the highest ice palace in the world and admire handmade sculptures in the eternal ice. Before you leave the magical fairytale behind, try regional specialties at the restaurant or purchase Matterhorn souvenirs.

Zermatt: Gornergrat Bahn Cogwheel Train Ticket

3. Zermatt: Gornergrat Bahn Cogwheel Train Ticket

Cross stunning bridges, ride through galleries and tunnels, idyllic forests, past gorges and mountain lakes as your climb the Gornergrat on the cogwheel train with the Matterhorn continually in view. At the summit, explore the picturesque alpine world of the Swiss Alps. With a sunny observation deck that remains accessible throughout the year, the Gornergrat at 3,089 metres above sea level provides spectacular views. The Gornergrat is surrounded by 29 four-thousand metre peaks including the highest Swiss mountain, the Dufourspitze, which has an altitude of 4,634 metres, and the third-largest glacier in the Alps, the Gorner glacier. The mountainscape panorama you'll experience is completely unique.

Swiss Travel Pass Flex:All-in-One travel pass-train,bus,boat

4. Swiss Travel Pass Flex:All-in-One travel pass-train,bus,boat

Explore the beauty of Switzerland with a Swiss Travel Pass Flex available for 3, 4, 6, 8 and 15 flexible days within 1 month. The freely selectable travel days can be activated and changed on www.activateyourpass.com at any time. You will receive the login information by e-mail after your purchase. The pass offers hassle-free and unlimited travel throughout Switzerland on the Swiss Travel System, buses, and public boats as well as unlimited public transport in cities, discounts on many mountain excursions and free entrance to over 500 museums across the country on the validated days. You can use the pass on the panoramic routes however, seat reservations are mandatory. Children under 6 years old travel free. Children aged 6 and under 16 years when accompanied by at least one parent (holding Swiss Travel Pass) travel for free with the Swiss Family card.

Zermatt: Paragliding Tandem Tour with Matterhorn View

5. Zermatt: Paragliding Tandem Tour with Matterhorn View

Zermatt in southern Switzerland’s Valais canton, is one of the most popular mountain resorts renowned for skiing, climbing, and hiking. The town lies below the iconic, pyramid-shaped Matterhorn peak. Here, you have the chance to experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure - a tandem paragliding flight at a 3000-4000-meter altitude. At the meeting point, you’ll be introduced to your instructor, who will give you a presentation on the activity and safety protocols. You’ll take the cable car to the take-off point, as your pilot shares as much as of their knowledge, stories, and anecdotes about Zermatt as you want. Once you’re on the mountain, walk to the take-off point, and hear a short briefing and equipment check. Then, it’s time for the ultimate adventure, as you take a few steps into the air. Now just sit back, relax, and take in the spectacular 360° views over Switzerland, Italy, and France. The pilot will take care of everything, all you have to do is enjoy this magical moment to its fullest. Once you’ve landed, the pilot will download the pictures and videos onto a memory card, ready for you to take home and show off.

Swiss Half Fare Card

6. Swiss Half Fare Card

The Swiss Half fare card is the best for short trips & excursions. It allows visitors to travel by train, bus & boat & most of the mountain railways. The passenger must buy a reduced ticket apart from holding a half fare card. Easily commute between Swiss airports or border railway stations and your selected holiday destination using the Swiss Transfer Ticket. It's the ideal and cost-effective choice for international travelers intending to stay in a single location throughout their Swiss vacation. Effortlessly travel from any Swiss airport or border station to your preferred destination within the country. Benefit from flexible travel dates using round-trip tickets that remain valid within a one-month period. The Swiss Half fare card has a validity of 1 month. It allows up to 50% discount on use of public transportation in most of the Swiss towns & cities. To access public transport, an extra ticket is necessary. The passenger must acquire a locally available reduced ticket to travel on the specific desired route. Free admissions to museums are not included. Children under 16 yrs years enjoy free travel with the complimentary Swiss family card. They must be accompanied by at least one parent possessing a Swiss Half Fare Card along with a valid ticket. Children below 6 years of age travel free of charge. There is no discount for senior citizens for the Swiss Half Fare Card. The half fare card is pre-validated at the time of purchase and can be purchased 6 months in advance. Please ensure that you accurately fill in your country of residence and passport number during the checkout process, as this information will be printed on the pass. This card can only be available for persons with residence outside Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein. The Swiss Half Fare Card is accepted across all regions within Switzerland. The Swiss Half Fare Card remains valid for a duration of one month from the chosen commencement date and is not tied to the calendar month. For instance, if the card was acquired with a starting date of July 15, its validity extends until the conclusion of August 14. Once booked the client will get a confirmation on email and your ticket will be delivered to you within 48 hours. If you haven't received an email from us, kindly check your Spam folder. Should you not find our email there, please reach out to us via email to notify us of the issue.

Zermatt: Ticket for Zermatt Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

7. Zermatt: Ticket for Zermatt Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

Experience an adventure to Europe's highest mountain station, reaching an impressive 3883 meters. Indulge in a panoramic view revealing the Alps' largest glaciers and 38 majestic peaks in the Swiss, French, and Italian Alps. Your cable car ride from Zermatt offers a scenic journey through the beautiful Alps. As you reach the pinnacle, enjoy proximity to Italian territory, providing a spectacular view of the iconic Matterhorn's “endearing rear.” Below, witness Europe’s largest ski region, open 365 days a year. Apart from the breathtaking panorama, partake in various activities such as skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and mountaineering.

Exclusive Zermatt & Matterhorn: Small Group Tour from Zürich

8. Exclusive Zermatt & Matterhorn: Small Group Tour from Zürich

Embark on an unique small-group tour from Zürich to Zermatt, traversing the scenic landscapes of half of Switzerland by train. Upon arrival, immerse yourself in the alpine charm with a village walk in Zermatt, accompanied by awe-inspiring Matterhorn views. The adventure reaches new heights with an ascent on the cogwheel train to the summit of Mount Gornergrat with views to an incredible glacier world and Matterhorn Mountain. Limited to a select few, this personalized journey ensures an intimate and unforgettable experience, seamlessly blending picturesque train travel, cultural exploration, and breathtaking mountain vistas in the heart of Zermatt.

Switzerland: Private Skiing Day Tour for any level

9. Switzerland: Private Skiing Day Tour for any level

Enjoy an unforgettable private skiing trip in the breathtaking Swiss Alps. You have never skied before? No worries, your ski teacher will take care of you and teach you the basics of skiing. The day starts with private car pick-up anywhere in Switzerland. Your guide will drive you to a ski resort that is suitable for your skiing skills. Here you will enjoy an unforgettable winter experience in the fairytale-like landscape of the Swiss Alps. Our all-round service includes the following: - private car pick-up and drop-off between your accommodation and the ski resort - advice on which ski resort to visit - help with equipment rental - teaching you the basics of skiing as long as the ski resort is open (4:30pm or 5pm in any ski resort) - help with organising alternative activities in the ski resort such as sledging and snowshoe hiking. This case is relevant if you are a group and not all of you want to ski.

From Zermatt: Train Ticket to the Mount Gornergrat Summit

10. From Zermatt: Train Ticket to the Mount Gornergrat Summit

Embark on a self-guided alpine expedition from Zermatt to Gornergrat, where breathtaking Matterhorn views await. The ticket for this unique experience includes access to the captivating ZooM exhibition, offering insights into the surrounding alpine environment. Customize your journey, revel in the panoramic views, and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Matterhorn at your own pace. This self-guided tour ensures flexibility and a personalized exploration of Gornergrat's spectacular landscapes.

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4.8 / 5

based on 380 reviews

Super handy and value deal. I have bought 8 days pass and it was the best decision I took as I have done 16 cities, 4 peaks and 2 lakes on my 9 day trip to Switzerland. Just bought it here and they will send you an e-pass with code which you can show every time you travel. Pretty handy. Absolutely recommend it.

Excellent, I was able to take 3 of the 4 panoramic trains, cable cars, buses, metro, normal trains, it ended up paying for itself, Switzerland is quite expensive so it is very convenient

Brilliant. If you are going to change cities, it is an excellent option. Why you will save a lot of money.

Great! Help a lot to spend less and still enjoy the city. Highly recommended

We loved everything, the wonderful shipping, it's worth buying.