Interview with Andreas (Andy) Nef, Market Manager for Swiss Travel System
Travelling by train in Switzerland is fast, flexible and convenient and it is the preferred mode of transport for both locals and visitors.
With that in mind, I asked Andy Nef of the Swiss Travel System to join me in this episode to answer some frequently asked questions about travelling to and from neighbouring countries by train, and to share all the benefits of the Swiss Travel Pass.
If you plan to travel by public transport in Switzerland – and that includes trains, buses, boats and trams – you’ll find Andy’s useful tips and advice very helpful.
Topics discussed in this episode include:
- Which countries connect to Switzerland with direct train lines
- Frequency of the feeder line services
- What type of ticket to buy for the non-Swiss sector if you hold a Swiss Travel Pass
- When you should purchase the fare for the non-Swiss sector of your journey
- All the benefits of the Swiss Travel Pass – “It’s not just a rail pass”
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In this episode, Andy mentions:
>> Feeder line (international) trains connecting Switzerland with neighbouring countries: TGV Lyria from France, ICE from Germany, RailJet from Austria, InterCity from Italy
>> Faster journey times: travel times to Italy are now reduced thanks to the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel and Ceneri Base Tunnel
>> Seat reservations for international journeys: why they are required
>> Premium Panoramic Trains included with the Swiss Travel Pass: Glacier Express, Bernina Express, Gotthard Panorama Express, GoldenPass Line, Luzern-Interlaken Express.
>> Free mountain excursions: Mt. Rigi cog railway, Stanserhorn open-air gondola, Stoos cable car – all free with the Swiss Travel Pass
>> Free museum admission: Glacier Garden Lucerne, Chillon Castle, Abbey Library of St. Gallen, Olympic Museum Lausanne, International Red Cross Museum Geneva, Basel Art Museum, FIFA World Football Museum Zurich – just some of the 500+ museums that are free of charge with the Swiss Travel Pass
>> Family Card: children accompanying their parents who hold a Swiss Travel Pass travel for free if they have a complimentary Family Card
You can get more information about the feeder line trains and the Swiss Travel Pass on the Swiss Travel System website.
For the full list of museums included with the Swiss Travel Pass, visit this website.
You might also find the following articles helpful with your trip planning:
- Understanding and using the Swiss Rail System
- The Swiss Travel Pass – Switzerland’s All-in-One Travel Pass
- How to Choose the Best Swiss Rail Pass for Your Trip
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