Budget Travel in Switzerland


Switzerland needs no introduction. The country is on the bucket list of everyone. Be it for nature, adventure,  free spirit, romantic or simply no-hassle travel, the mountainous Central European land certainly tops the chart when it comes to incredible travelling experiences. 

However, contrary to the old adage that ‘the best things in life don’t cost a single penny’, travelling to Switzerland can literally cost king’s ransom. after Chocolates and Cheese, ‘expensive’ is the word that most of the us associate with Switzerland. While it may not be possible to drastically reduce the budget for the Swiss trip, a canny planning can make it more budget-friendly. 

In this write-up, we provide some tips (based on our personal experiences) that can help you spend less-than-anticipated on your next trip to Switzerland. 




Forget the private taxies. The public transport is the best in Switzerland and provides equally breathtaking views as in a a private vehicle. The public transport, however, also costs quite a lot, especially if you are planning to visit many cities. The city to city train tickets can cost a bomb if you do not have a half fare card in Switzerland. So, plan your local travel much in advance. Best is to download the SBB mobile app. There are ‘supersaver’ tickets that are offered at a great discounted prices when booked in advance and these tickets are available only through the mobile app or online. 

For the kids, you can buy Junior Travel Card for CHF 30. Children from the age of six up to 16th years can travel on Swiss public transport for one year, accompanies by a parent with a valid ticket.

The Junior Travel Card is free from the third child onwards and can be bought at any official SBB ticket counter.

Beside the normal travel ticket, SBB (the Schweizerische Bundensbahnen or Swiss Federal Railways in English) also offers various day passes. Usually, when you buy the tickets online, it offers a fixed-price travel card for the tourists. However, there are also days passes that come for about 50 CHF and are valid in all the mode of transportation, except for a few special ones like cable cars. Ask for these Tageskarte at the counter. In case you know someone in Switzerland, best is to ask them to buy these Tageskarte from their respective gemeinde. 


You can find more information at the websites below:


  1. https://www.sbb.ch/en/travelcards-and-tickets/railpasses/junior-travelcard-children-co-travelcard.html

  2. https://www.sbb.ch/

  3. https://www.migros.ch

  4. http://www.coop.ch/

  5. https://www.tageskarte-gemeinde.ch/de-de/



  • Bus options


While there is nothing to beat the comfort of a Swiss train, in case you have missed the bus (literally) to book your train tickets in advance, there are good bus options to travel around city to city with in Switzerland and also out of Switzerland such as Munich, Milan, Berlin for a really affordable prices. The time of travel is, of course, higher than the trains but for small distance journeys, bus is a good option too. 


For bus option you can visit:


1. https://www.flixbus.com

2. https://meinfernbus.de/en


  • Low Budget Airports

One of the interesting things when you search for plane tickets for Switzerland to keep in mind is to be aware of the airport of your landing. Sometimes it makes no difference to the air fare where you land but mostly, there is a significant difference in the ticket prices when you land at low cost budget. Basel could be one such options. Many of low cost flights such as Easytet, Ryanair that offer really low fares for neighbouring cities from Basel, an option that may not be available from Zurich. So, ideal would be to search tickets from different airports Switzerland and plan accordingly. 


  • Bicycle Options

If your plan is to stay in one city for couple of days, renting a bicycle or bike (as it is mostly referred here) can be a good idea. There are many points in a city that offer rent-free bike. One just needs to deposit a minimum amount and ID details and can rent the bike for a day for free. 


For cities like Zurich and Bern, more detail at be found @ as below:


  1. https://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/aoz/de/index/shop/veloverleih.html


  1. https://www.bern.com/en/detail/bern-rollt-free-bike-rental



Selecting Swiss Alps


Well it may not be an easy one to select as each mountain in Switzerland has its own charm and magic. It’s not possible to capture all the beauty in one trip, But if you are really a mountain lover and would like to see more than one, our advice is to visit just one of the touristic mountain and look for a quieter yet spectacular bergs as the second option. Some of them could be as below:


  1. Haldigrat

  2. Mt. Riggi

  3. Ebenalp


Food Options


The only way to keep you food bills under check in Switzerland is to instead of eating all your meals in restaurants, shop some in the supermarkets like Coop and Migros. They offer good quality and variety for both non-veg and vegetarian food. It is a lot of fun to eat even the super-market bought food near the sea, in a park or simply on a bench in the middle of a busy road, feeling the pulse of the city. While choosing a restaurant, look for the restaurants that are not in the main streets. The eateries that are in second lane  are good options not just for food but also to meet the locals.

One of the most important tips when you are in Switzerland to follow is not to buy water. The water is probably the only thing that costs nothing in Schweiz. There are many water fountains all across the cities and one can drink from them with absolutely no worry about the water quality.

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