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Geneva Zurich 02:43 R1,003
Zurich Interlaken 02:20 R892
Basel Zurich 00:53 R382
Interlaken Geneva 02:40 R828
Zurich Lucerne 00:45 R303
Geneva Basel 02:35 R1,019
Interlaken Basel 01:54 R701
Geneva Lucerne 02:45 R908
Lucerne Interlaken 01:05 R589
Basel Lucerne 01:01 R382
Bern Zurich 00:56 R637
Bern Geneva 01:41 R589
Bern Interlaken 00:42 R350
Bern Basel 00:55 R462
Bern Lucerne 01:00 R478
Lausanne Zurich 02:08 R908
Geneva Lausanne 00:33 R255
Lausanne Interlaken 01:58 R764
Lausanne Basel 02:08 R892
Lucerne Lausanne 02:10 R796
Lausanne Bern 01:06 R414
Zurich Morges 02:27 R1,131
Zug Zurich 00:22 R191
Schaffhausen Zurich 00:38 R271
Wil Zurich 00:44 R414
Zernez Zurich 02:28 R764
Zurich Sierre/siders 02:21 R1,322
Aarau Zurich 00:24 R271
Zurich Brunnen 00:55 R287
Switzerland

The national railway company of Switzerland is known as the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS). Switzerland has a very efficient railway network. Train tickets for trains operating in Switzerland can be booked in advance. International trains connect Switzerland with neighbouring countries such as France and Italy. Book tickets to visit main cities of Switzerland by train. Swiss cities including Geneva, Bern and Lausanne are all served by trains.

Cityscape

Switzerland is very proud of its excellent public transport system so take advantage and fit in as much of the country as you can during your stay. Visit the capital Bern to see the legendary clock tower, or visit Lausanne, just an hour away by Swiss Travel System train, for the cathedral and fascinating bridges. For something a bit different the Old Town in Zurich has some excellent nightlife.

Landscape

You’ll find everything here; lakes, orchards, palm trees (in Ascona), glaciers (in Valais), mountains, and all less than a three-hour train journey apart.

Take Home

A Swiss army knife has to be top of the list, and of course the jewellery and watches are some of the best in the world. If none of these take your fancy then a dose of good old Swiss cheese and chocolate are sure to suffice, Toblerone anyone?

Eat & Drink

You can’t go to Switzerland and not have a fondue, all that cheese bubbling away, yum, yum. Potato dishes, tarts and quiches are also very popular, and take a trip around one of the many chocolate factories; they usually let you have loads of samples!

New Perspective

Take a Segway city tour in Basel, Switzerland’s third largest city and just an hour’s train ride from Zurich. A Segway, if you don’t know, is a two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle that allows you to get around faster. A great way to view the city!

Benefits

Rail Pass benefits in Switzerland

Cruises/Ferries (Lakes and Rivers)

  • Reduction on regular boat services on the lakes of Geneva, Luzern, Thun, Brienz, Zurich and Biel. These are seasonal services, so please consult timetables. www.bls.ch; www.cgn.ch; www.bielersee.ch; www.zsg.ch
  • Discount on regular boat services on the river Aare between Biel and Solothurn. These are seasonal services, so please consult timetables.
  • 50% reduction on boats on Lake Constance (Bodensee) operated by BSB, SBS and ÖBB (from May to October).
  • Discounted fare on the Wilhelm Tell Express, the nostalgic boat crossing Luzern-Flüelen including lunch and welcome package, and connecting train ride to Locarno/Lugano: (reservation compulsory)
  • Cable Cars and Funiculars up to the montain peaks (discount of 25%-50%)
  • Reduction on the Titlis Rotair Cableway from Engleberg
  • Reduction on the Stanserhorn funicular/cable railway
  • Reduction to the summit of Mount Pilatus (near Lucerne), by funicular from Alpnachstad, as well as by cable car from Kriens.
  • Discount on MGB cable cars between Gornergrat & Zermatt
  • Private Rail Roads (discount of 25%-50%): Rigi Railways; The Jungfrau Region Railways; MGB trains between Andermatt and Göschenen; BLM Lauterbrunnen - Grütschalp - Mürren; BOB Berner Oberland - Bahnen; WAB Wengeralpbahn; BET Bergbahnen Engelberg-Trubsee-Titlis/Engelberg-Kleintitlis; Golden Pass between Montreux-Interlaken-Luzern.
  • Free travel on the Glacier Express between St Moritz & Zermatt

Trains

  • Free travel on Centovalli railway to Domodossola (Italy)
  • Free access to the SBB lounge in Zurich HB for 1st class passholders.

Buses
Free travel on Rhätische Bahn AG including travel from Tirano-Lugano.

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