Switzerland Vacation Cost (Including Savings Tips of Almost USD$400)

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Switzerland Vacation Cost

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:

  1. Your flight costs are not included in this post, but we covered it in another post here.
  2. Depending on when you’re going (winter/spring/summer seasons), you may see some variations in prices.
  3. Activities costs not included because some are covered under the Swiss Travel Pass and some of the activities that you take part in will vary in costs. For best prices, see the activities on the right hand side or if you’re on mobile, click here.
  4. As one of the next generation travelers, the travel style in this post will be based on: willingness to stay in value-for-money, quality local & boutique hotels, 3-star hotels (occasionally 4-star) and/or Airbnb, and eat in restaurants once a day (breakfast at accommodation, lunch from takeaway places / awesome swiss groceries).
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Budgets on the Switzerland Vacation Cost

Budget ItemCostCost per Couple
Accommodation (3-star hotels)$150 – $300+ / room / nightNo 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):

  1. 418CHF | 8-Day Swiss Travel Pass (Consecutive Days) – 2nd class 
  2. 663 CHF | 8-Day Swiss Travel Pass (Consecutive Days) – 1st class

Note: See Why Swiss Travel Pass below (hint: savings of almost $400USD)

Grand Total for a 1-Week Estimated Switzerland Vacation Cost per Couple

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

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Why Swiss Travel Pass

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

  1. Free access to over 500+ museums and free
  2. Discounted mountain excursions.

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

Total 84.20

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.

For example: 

Luzern city > Lake Cruise > Mt. Rigi (Round-trip): 

  • Full Price: CHF 117 (2nd class, round trip)
  • Swiss Travel Pass Holder: Free

Interlaken: Lake Thun cruise

  • Full Price: CHF 77 (2nd class, round trip)
  • Swiss Travel Pass Holder: Free

Interlaken: Lake Brienz cruise

  • Full Price: CHF 54 (2nd class, round trip)
  • Swiss Travel Pass Holder: Free

Grindelwald > Top of Europe (Jungfraujoch)

  • Full Price: CHF 214
  • Swiss Travel Pass Holder: CHF155.40 (savings of CHF58.60)

Total: CHF306.60


With the schedules above and if you hold a Swiss Travel Pass, you will have:

  • Traveled to 5 Swiss cities
  • Taken 4 lake cruises and 
  • Enjoyed 2 mountain excursions

Have had the grand total of savings of CHF390.80 / person

(CHF 84.20 (Intercity Trains) + CHF 306.60 (Cruises and Excursions))

  • In Singapore Dollars: ~$557.00 in savings (based on CHF1 to SGD1.43)
  • In US Dollars : ~$402.00 in savings (based on CHF1 to USD 1.03)

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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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GK is a curiosity-driven traveler who discovers places through its natural beauties, histories and people's stories. A perfect travel plan for GK and his family would be a great coffee to start off the day before taking in the breathtaking views of landscapes and horizons with some hikes in between and toppling it off with some great photos of the places and people. And how can you forget great local & fresh foods to truly be immersed and inspired by what the world has to offer.

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