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Switzerland

With spectacular mountain panoramas, alpine peaks glittering with snow, gushing waterfalls in hidden valleys and crystal clear blue lakes, Switzerland is truly a unique experience.

The fusion of language from neighbouring countries has formed a distinctive Swiss culture known for its financial institutions, cheese, chocolate and watches. The cosmopolitan centres of Zürich, Geneva, Lucerne and Interlaken are linked by some of the world’s most scenic railway journeys and offer remarkable mountain excursions. The trains and cable cars are a real adventure, transporting you from the bottom of the valley to the top of a mountain into a realm of eternal ice and snow with breathtaking views.

We offer a variety of journeys throughout Switzerland covering everything from the must see sights and iconic rail journeys to hiking and cycling experiences. Most of our packages are flexible and can be adjusted to create your own personal program.

We can tailor the perfect holiday just for you, from budget to luxury to family-friendly, from activity-packed adventure to ‘stay a while’ relaxation. Mix and match your accommodation style with your preferred mode of transport, then add extras like transfers, day trips and tours. There’s a travel experience for everyone, from independent travellers to groups and families.

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When to visit

Any time is a good time to visit Switzerland. What's the best time depends on your plans, from snow-capped mountain peaks to alpine lakes, Switzerland offers countless experiences and activities to first time and returning visitors alike. Take a scenic rail journey and marvel at the breathtaking Swiss Alps, glimmering glaciers and lakes. Discover Swiss culture and art in numerous museums and art galleries. Indulge your taste buds in Swiss gastronomy and learn the art of cheese-making Gruyeres or visit Maison Cailler, one of the world’s oldest chocolate factories.

High Season (Jul, Aug & Dec–Apr)

  • In July and August walkers and cyclists hit high-altitude trails.
  • Christmas magic winter atmosphere and New Year 
  • In ski resorts only, late December to early April is their high season.

Shoulder (Apr–Jun & Sep)

  • Spring is idyllic, with warm temperatures, flowers and local produce.
  • Watch the grape harvest in autumn.

Low Season (Oct–Mar)

  • Prices are lower than in high season.
  • Sights and restaurants are open fewer days and shorter hours.

Helpful Information

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Flights and getting to Switzerland

The main international Airports in Switzerland are:

Zürich Airport: up to nine SBB trains run hourly to Hauptbahnhof from around 5am to midnight; private transfers to the city centre takes 15 minutes.

Geneva Airport: SBB trains run at least every 10 minutes to Gare de Cornavin; private transfers to the city centre takes 15 minutes.

There are excellent (high speed) trains to Switzerland from all surrounding european countries.

Point to point tickets or rail passes for trains from Austria, France, Germany and Italy to Switzerland.

 

Getting Around

The best way to travel around Switzerland is discovering some of the most beautiful panoramic routes of the Swiss Railway. Explore the different regions and their cultures with the comfort, ease and efficiency of Switzerland's iconic rail journeys.

GLACIER EXPRESS
The world's slowest express train connecting railway stations of the two major mountain resorts of Zermatt and St. Moritz via Andermatt in the central Swiss Alps. The train journey on the Glacier Express takes you over spectacular bridges and through several tunnels, right across a picturesque landscape travelling
towards the Oberalppass, the Glacier Express reaches 2,033 metres above sea level as its highest point.
GOLDEN PASS
The Golden Pass train journey undoubtedly reflects the diversity of Switzerland. The ultra-modern trains that operate on the Golden Pass Panoramic line have some unique features. In addition to being extremely comfortable, they are fitted with panoramic windows. Thanks to these windows, you can immerse yourself in the nature outside as you glide past.
BERNINA EXPRESS
On the highest railway across the Alps, the Bernina Express climbs up to the glistening glaciers before descending to the palms of Italy far below. The train negotiates the 55 tunnels, 196 bridges and inclines with ease. At the highest point on the RhB, 2,253 metres above sea level, you will find the Ospizio Bernina. Here, visitors can delight in the cultural and natural surroundings and enjoy the Alps at their most impressive. The railway line from Thusis - Valposchiavo - Tirano has UNESCO World Heritage status. 
GOTTHARD PANORAMA EXPRESS
Embark on a journey through some of the most beautiful regions in Switzerland. By boat and train you can enjoy the views of central Switzerland and Ticino’s wonderful mountain landscapes, natural wonders and marvels of railway construction. The journey on the Gotthard Panorama Express takes travellers from Lucerne by boat to Flüelen and onwards by train on the historical Gotthard panoramic route to Ticino
VORALPEN-EXPRESS
The Voralpen-Express, which operates an hourly service between Lucerne and St. Gallen, is the most convenient and beautiful rail link connecting central and eastern Switzerland. Travel past the peaks of the Schwyzer Mythen and the stunning high-moorland plateau of Rothenthurm towards the hills of Toggenburg and across a 99m high railway viaduct, which is the highest in Switzerland.
CENTOVALLI RAILWAY
The Centovalli railway offers a unique train journey across remote valleys in northern Italy and southern Switzerland. The scenic route runs through the Centovalli (meaning "100 valleys" in Italian) travelling over rocky gorges, past quaint stone villages, and many waterfalls as it winds its way through the narrow valleys in the region.

Another option to discover the best of Switzerland is surely with the freedom of a self-drive holiday.

Swiss roads are well built, well signposted and well maintained and major car-rental companies have offices at airports and in major cities and towns. Most major Alpine passes are negotiable year-round, depending on the weather. However, you will often have to use a tunnel instead at the Great St Bernard, St Gotthard and San Bernardino passes. Passes that are open only from June to October: Albula, Furka, Grimsel, Klausen, Oberalp, Susten and Umbrail. Other passes are Lukmanier (open May to November), Nufenen (June to September) and Splügen (May to October). 

The Swiss drive on the right-hand side of the road.

General Advices

 

  • Cover shoulders, torso and thighs when visiting churches and other religious monuments. 
Official language
French, Swiss - German, Italian, Romansh
Currency
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