As if going to Switzerland wasn’t enough of a bonus already!
A Swiss Travel Pass has so many bonuses that many travelers aren’t even aware of. The pass covers travel on all trains, buses, and boats within Switzerland, plus it gives you access to over 470 Swiss museums. But then on top of that, the pass also includes several lesser known discounts on tours or other forms of transport. With a Swiss Travel Pass, the sky is the limit – and that goes way past the Alps.
For the Adventurer
1. Travel from Lucerne by lake steamer and cable car
Lucerne is the perfect starting point for exploring Switzerland’s mountains majesty. With a great transportation museum, the first and steepest cogwheel railway and panoramic views around every corner, Lucerne is easy to reach from other major Swiss cities.
And don’t forget about the cable car ride up to Mount Titlis!
At 10,000 feet, Mount Titlis is Central Switzerland’s loftiest peak exuding a snow and ice spectacular that’s visually stunning. Plus, you’ll get that perfect Instagram shot from the revolving Rotair, an aerial cable car that delivers awesome 360-degree panoramic views of the snow-covered valleys, glaciers, lakes, forests, and mountains surrounding you.
The Swiss Travel Pass Benefit: Traveling on boats within Lake Lucerne is included in your Swiss Travel Pass, and passholders can enjoy an exclusive Swiss Travel Pass discount on the cable car ride up to Mount Titlis.
For the Family
2. Visit Ballenberg, the Swiss Open-Air Museum – In Brienza
No longer are old farmhouses, stables barns demolished when modernity demands new construction.
Instead, the buildings are dismantled stone by stone, then rebuilt in the Ballenberg Open Air Museum.
What began in 1978 with 16 characteristic Swiss buildings is today an extensive exhibition with nearly 100 residential and agricultural structures from all over Switzerland. Depicting life in rural Switzerland, complete with over 250 domestic farm animals, Ballenberg offers a glimpse into the past that children have never seen.
Getting to Brienz is easy, and at the train station there is bus service to shuttle you to Ballenberg. From Berne, the journey time is roughly 90 minutes, Zurich is just over two hours, and Lucerne is 1 hour and 14 minutes away.
The Swiss Travel Pass Benefit: Kids aged 6-15 travel for FREE with a parent. A Swiss Family Card is free – simply request one at the time you purchase your Swiss Travel Pass. If you forget to mention it, then present your Swiss Travel Pass at the time of validation in the train station and advise them that you need a Family Card. They can provide you one at the ticket window.
For the Sightseer
3) Travel to the Rhine Falls from Zurich
While the Rhine Falls are not known for their height, they are certainly known for their beauty. And on a sunny day, the mist from the falls creates colorful rainbows all around.
Visitors can take the 42-minute train to Schaffhausen direct from Zurich. From there, you can opt to walk along the river to Neuhausen (approximately 45 minutes) or you can take the #1 or #6 bus from Schaffhausen to Neuhausen. From here, the Rhine Falls are just a five minute walk away, and there are plenty of signs posted along the route.
If you’re traveling to Zurich on either business or pleasure, this is a perfect day trip into some of Switzerland’s most magnificent natural beauty.
The Swiss Travel Pass Benefit: The public transportation is free with your pass! You’ll just need to remember to mark off a day on your Swiss Travel Pass.
For the Photographer
4. Take the GoldenPass Line from Montreux to Lucerne
The GoldenPass line is among the finest railway experiences to be had anywhere in the world. Linking Lucerne with Montreux on Lake Geneva, you’ll pass by stunning green meadows and picturesque villages, and the panoramic train windows mean that you can get the perfect photo. You can also take an excursion to Jungfroujoch, the highest altitude railway station on the continent. Known as the “Top of Europe” – your train will stop two miles high in the sky.
The Swiss Travel Pass Benefit: The ticket price of this incredible journey is included with your pass, but it’s highly recommended that you book reservations within 90 days of your travel date to ensure a seat. Reservations are not included in the cost of the pass.
For the Art Lover
5. Paul Klee Museum in Bern
Considered both a Swiss and German painter, Paul Klee’s style is rooted in Expressionism, Cubism and Surrealism. A natural draftsman who experimented with and eventually mastered color theory, his Paul Klee Notebooks are considered a pinnacle in modern art, and are often compared to the importance of Leonardo da Vinci’s A Treatise on Painting.
With 4,000 works housed in an architectural wonder designed by Pritzker-Prize winner Renzo Piano, you’ll note how Klee’s works reflect his dry humor and charming childlike perspective.
When in Bern, take bus no.12 from the main station to the “Zentrum Paul Klee” stop.
The Swiss Travel Pass Benefit: The Paul Klee Museum is just one of over 470 art institutions that is covered by your Swiss Travel Pass. See the full list of museums.
So what do you think of our list of top five free Swiss Travel Pass bonuses? Which one would you pick?
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