Switzerland is high on the wish list of many Eurail travelers, and traveling by train is the very best method to see it. A Eurail pass valid in Switzerland allows you to travel on a number of breathtaking scenic train routes. The charming cities and – of course – the impressive Alps, make this country a destination you shouldn’t miss, and your Eurail pass is the fastest, most convenient way to realize your Swiss rail adventure.
Traveling by train in Switzerland
Switzerland quick facts
Population: 8 million
Language: German, French, Italian
Currency: Swiss franc (CHF)
Dialing code: +41
Trains in Switzerland
Switzerland is famous for its scenic train routes that pass by Alpine peaks and mountain lakes.
Places to visit
Beauty and history in Bern
Switzerland’s capital is filled with centuries-old tradition, and modern-day flair. From the Gothic, 15th century cathedral Münster of Bern (Berner Münster), which took more than 460 years to complete, to the high street shopping and current fashion, Bern is a traveler’s best-kept secret. Be sure to visit Historic Old Town, with the Zytglogge clock tower. The old town, built in the 15th century, is now a UNESCO Heritage Site.
From Bern’s Central Station, the Zytglogge clock tower in the Historic Old Town is about a 10-minute walk.
Home to the International Olympic Committee since 1914, it’s easy to see why the Committee chose Lausanne, with its rolling, vineyard-covered hills and place on the edge of Lake Geneva. Don’t miss the old town and the Lausanne Cathedral – Switzerland’s finest example of Gothic architecture. There’s a wide selection of museums, including the Musée de L’Art Brut (art created by psychiatric patients & convicted criminals).
A metro will take you to the old town and cathedral.
Natural wonders in Interlaken
Nestled deep in the Alps, Interlaken may be known for its skiing, but there’s something to do all year round in this mountain paradise. Interlaken lies at the foot of three mountains – the Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau – and between two lakes. Do not miss the Trümmelbachschlucht subterranean waterfalls (yes, underground). Ride a glass-ceilinged cable car into a 500-meter gorge and see the glacial waterfalls up close.
Use your Eurail pass for a discounted journey to the top of Jungfrau – it’s the highest railway station in Europe, and the view is unlike any you’ve ever seen.
Real and retail paradise in Geneva
Geneva has something to offer every visitor. Boating, biking, hiking, and water recreation are just the top of the list. Geneva also offers phenomenal skiing and unforgettable shopping. The Rue de Reve and Rue de Rhone are very high-end shopping streets. The Salève is Geneva’s backyard mountain, and you can take a gondola ride to an observation point where all of Geneva is visible, surrounded by the Swiss Alps. Don’t miss it.
The shopping area is a 15-minute walk from Geneva’s Central Station.
Zurich’s energetic excellence
Switzerland’s largest city offers excellent food, endless shopping, and a busy downtown feel. The Bahnhofstrasse has the best shopping in town. Beautiful churches, like the Fraumünster (built in 852) and the Grossmünster (built in 1100) help tell the story of Zürich’s past. After an afternoon on the Lakeside Promenade, visit the Niederdorf – unique shops and busy craftsmen by day, excellent food and exciting clubs by night.
The Bahnhofstrasse begins just outside of Zürich’s main station (Zürich HB).
This carnival attracts over 15,000 costumed and masked participants, filling the streets of Lucerne. Expect music, mayhem and partying on the streets.
Lucerne is a 1 hr train ride from Bern and Zurich. The festival takes place across the whole city, which can be reached via the main train station.
Montreux Jazz Festival
This festival is known around the world as one of the best places to hear the masters of rock and jazz. Just 1 hour outside of Geneva you can experience this once-in-a-lifetime event.
Free shuttle buses operate between the festival site and Montreux's train station.
Eurail passes for Switzerland
Most popular passes with Switzerland
Eurail Global Pass from USD$261
The Eurail Global Pass is the flexible and value-for-money train pass that lets you explore up to 27 countries by rail. Hop on board comfortable trains that take you right to the center of Europe's cities. One day you're relaxing on a gondola ride in Venice and the next you're discovering Prague's fairy-tale castle.View Eurail Global Pass
Eurail France - Switzerland Pass from USD$307
The Eurail France-Switzerland Pass lets you see the best of these two beautiful countries by rail. Visit the Louvres in Paris, explore the tiny principality of Monaco, enjoy beautiful views of snow-capped mountains in Geneva and go white water rafting in Interlaken. Plus, admire the breathtaking scenery of these countries from the comfort of your seat as you're whisked from one city to the next.View Eurail France - Switzerland Pass
Eurail Germany - Switzerland Pass from USD$328
The Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass lets you discover these top countries by rail. Spend a few days celebrating Oktoberfest in Munich, take a relaxing lake cruise in Geneva and go hiking in the mountains around Interlaken.View Eurail Germany - Switzerland Pass
All Eurail passes with Switzerland
Here's a list of all Eurail passes for your travels through this country:
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