How shall i start my trip to Switzerland,should i use public transport there and which important places
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How shall i start my trip to Switzerland
Read the information on the Top Questions about Switzerland and think about what you would like to see and to do. What time of the year will you be travelling? How much time will you have available?
should i use public transport there
Definitively, yes. Public transport brings you from anywhere to everywhere and it is dead easy to use. For more information look at www.sbb.ch/en and for rail passes on www.swisstravelsystem.ch (once you know where you would like to go you will need to do the math yourself to know which pass is the best for you).
Maybe one tip, do not plan to do too much. Stay at least four nights in one base and do day excursions from there.
To add to Pore's suggestions - also take a look at www.myswitzerland.com which is the site of our national tourist office and which has all sorts of great ideas, good links etc. And is just beautiful to look at as well!!
Thanks for your valuable suggestions.
Thanks for your feedback.
I have recently travelled to switzerland and these were a few points i thought would help other travellers.
Tips for indian travellers
Book your excursions/travel pass at Swiss tours. Saves the hassle and the time on the queues.
Buy the swiss saver pass. It is great value for money.
Kids between 6-16 travel free if accompanied by atleast one parent. Endorse the kids names on the family
If not stamped with the date,you will have to validate the swiss pass at the sbb train centre before you board.
It also covers travel in buses and boats and entrance to select museums.
Look for the sbb or bls sign on the transport.
Information is given in four languages. English is one of them. Please pay attention when the announcements are being made. Some train journeys are interrupted and you may have to change coaches/ mode of transport.
Download the sbb app for android/ios.
It makes life really simple. But keep it on for live updates, as trains can change platforms at major stations just beore it arrives
Most major spots will have a tourist information centre. Its marked by (i) .If in doubt,you can go to one of these centres.
In switzerland you are expected to be well informed. Information is available online.
For those who are interested in a more leisurely holiday.The best way to explore switzerland is by bicycle. Most train stations will have a bike rental service. Rates are reasonable. If travelling on the train by bike...look if bicycles are allowed. The display in the stations will show the bike sign. So will the sbb app.
Best to ask for bike routes map for the local area.
Helmets are available for free.
Its a great idea to explore small towns like speiz and meringen near interlaken.
Hidden gems,but might be a problem for vegetarians.
Hiking routes are marked at most villages/attractions.
Early april is probably not the best tine to go to switzerland if you want to make the most of the rides. Cogwheel rails/ scooter bike trails/dinner cruises are available May onwards. When we went on 11 th april..all of grindewald was closed. No activity at all.
You can opt for a first class pass if you are going between may and oct. Transfers will become easy.
Money exchange is done at all railway stations and all banks.
For the chocolate train tickets are 99CHF. You can easily travel for free right to the factory on the normal swiss pass. The name of the station is Broc fabrique. You can buy tickets fr the factory tour at the reception once you reach the factory(callier).
Carry your swiss pass and a copy if your passport at all times.
Hope this helps
That was a pretty good summary, bijoyM - thank you!
Only one thing I do not think is accurate - you say you can "opt for a First class pass if going between May and October" -- in fact you can buy a First class pass any time of the year. And I am unclear as to what "Swiss Tours" might be. If this is a travel agency chances are the pass or whatever you get there will come with a service charge. Or do you mean something else?
Swiss pass includes entrance to some 440 museums all over the country. Which is most of them in fact! There is a link to a complete listing on the SBB site - or use this one:
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