Getting around while you’re on holiday is a big part of any trip. Having a fantastic public transport system at your disposal makes things so much easier and can save you a lot of time and stress. So, you’ll be pleased to know that any visit to Switzerland will run…well…like clockwork…thanks to the country’s world-class transport.
With around 29,000 kilometres of road, rail and waterway covered by public transport, Switzerland has the densest network in the world. That means that whether you’re thousands of metres up a mountain or exploring one of the charming villages off the beaten track, there is always a way of getting from A to B.
This includes boats, trains, buses and cable cars that link train stations to lake shores, airports to city centres and hotel front doors to dramatic summits. Plus, spacious and clean carriages, decks and seats mean that you’ll always be comfortable.
In the UK, we’re used to trains and other forms of transport arriving late or, frustratingly, being cancelled altogether. This ruins a traveller’s day, makes them late, increases stress levels and generally makes us curse the public transport network. In Switzerland, the SBB (Swiss National Railway) is held to much stricter regulations.
For example, a train is considered late if it deviates even as little as three minutes from its schedule. For this reason, figures from March 2019 point to an average punctuality rate of 94.1% when taking more than ten thousand trains a day into account.
We’ve already mentioned how different forms of transport work together to help get you where you need to be in a seamless manner. But things become even easier when you release that all this can be enjoyed with just one ticket. The Swiss Travel Pass gives you unlimited access to hundreds of routes via train, bus and boat, including the metro systems in 90 different towns and cities. Plus, the mountain railways for Rigi, Schilthorn, Stanserhorn and Stoos are included and many more are heavily discounted.
Throw in the fact that you’ll also get money off entry to 500 different museums nationwide and a Swiss Travel Pass becomes a no-brainer. There’s a choice too. If you plan to use your travel card on consecutive days, you can choose from three, four, eight of 15-day options. However, if you prefer your travel to be spread out over a month, opt for the Swiss Travel Pass Flex, which offers the same lengths but doesn’t have to be used sequentially. Finally, if your budget won’t stretch to the full travel pass, consider the Swiss Half Fare Card to receive 50% off rather than free transport.
For more information about adding the Swiss Travel Pass to your trip or to learn more about the ease of using public transport in Switzerland, call us on 0800 988 3369 or click here to sign up to our mailing list.