In this post, we will be taking you through the calculations for a Switzerland vacation cost, which will include the overview and estimated amount of money that you may be expected to invest in your Switzerland vacation for a 1-week and 2-week holiday with a partner, especially couples.
We will also show you how you can save almost USD$400 (SGD$550) with the Swiss Travel Pass!
A couple of things to keep in mind while reading this post:
|Budget Item||Cost||Cost per Couple|
|Accommodation (3-star hotels)||$150 – $300+ / room / night||No additional costs|
|Lunch Takeaway||$15 – $30 / person / meal||$30 – $60|
|Dinner in Restaurants||$50 – $100+ / person / meal||$100 – $200|
Daily Total (per couple for Foods + Accommodations): $280 – $560
Transport within Switzerland (Swiss Trains recommended):
Note: See Why Swiss Travel Pass below (hint: savings of almost $400USD)
Accommodation + Food + Transport in Switzerland (Swiss Travel Pass):
With 2nd Class Swiss Travel Pass: $2,385 – $4,345
With 1st Class Swiss Travel Pass: $2630 – $4,590
For first-time visitors, I highly recommend that you buy the Swiss Travel Pass.
Now, before I talk about the practical benefits of Swiss Travel Pass for first-time visitors, the Swiss public transport (trains & lake cruises) have 2 types of classes: 2nd class & 1st class.
Depending on which one you choose, the prices and the seatings will be different.
Honestly, if you’re planning to visit Switzerland for the first time, I’d recommend you to invest in the 1st class seats.
Now, let’s talk about a couple of practical reasons for choosing the Swiss Travel Pass:
#1 The Obvious Benefits: stipulated benefits that you get from the pass itself, such as
For example, if you hold a Swiss Travel pass, you will get free mountain excursion to Mt. Rigi, including the Lake Cruise ride from Luzern city to Vitznau as well. I talk about this in this post as well!
#2 Save on Intercity trains: If you’re visiting Switzerland for the first time, you will most likely want to move to different cities every couple of nights (e.g. Zurich, Luzern, Interlaken, Grindelwald, Zermatt etc.)
If you don’t have a Swiss Travel Pass it will cost you a bit to travel intercity.
Let’s take an example of an 8-day journey:
First, you travel on the 2nd class Swiss train from Zurich Airport to Luzern.
A few days later, you go from Luzern to Grindelwald via Interlaken.
A couple of nights into Grindelwald, you decided to go to Zermatt
Grand Total for 5 cities
Other transport costs: within each of the cities, you may also spend some of your times in mountain excursions and lake cruises to enjoy the most of what Switzerland has to offer as well.
Luzern city > Lake Cruise > Mt. Rigi (Round-trip):
Interlaken: Lake Thun cruise
Interlaken: Lake Brienz cruise
Grindelwald > Top of Europe (Jungfraujoch)
With the schedules above and if you hold a Swiss Travel Pass, you will have:
Have had the grand total of savings of CHF390.80 / person
(CHF 84.20 (Intercity Trains) + CHF 306.60 (Cruises and Excursions))
I hope you have enjoyed what’s been shared in this post.
Do you have any other suggestions, ideas or tips to share about vacation costs in Switzerland?
We’d love to hear from you!
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