Traveling in Switzerland
Cobbled stone streets, tumbling vineyards, glistening lakes and a never ending supply of snow capped mountains. Switzerland has plenty to offer visitors year long.
The landlocked country of Switzerland in Europe might seem small but it contains multitudes within its boundaries. Switzerland is split into 26 different cantons, each offering their unique set of things to do.
Switzerland is very easily accessible from anywhere in Europe either via flying, or even better, by taking the high speed train.
One thing to keep in mind when contemplating traveling to Switzerland is the cost. Together with the Scandinavian countries, Switzerland is one of the most expensive places in Europe to travel. Consider an average daily budget of around $200.
Public Transportation in Switzerland
Swiss public transportation is meticulous. Transport is punctual (to the minute), clean and very safe. It is the cheapest and easiest way to get around the country.
If you are planning on staying for a couple of days consider investing in the Swiss Travel Pass for 3 to 15 days. The pass provides you access to all trains, boats and busses as well as entrance to over 500 museums.
Tips for traveling in Switzerland
Here are a few additional useful tips to keep in mind when planning a trip to Switzerland:
- Is tap water in Switzerland drinkable? Yes
- Do they speak English in Switzerland? Yes, depending on the region they will also speak German, French and Italian
- Legal drinking age in Switzerland: 16 (beer & wine); 18 (liquor)
- Store opening hours are from 09.00 AM to 06.30 PM (Monday-Saturday). Sunday is the weekly closing day. In smaller villages Monday might also be a closing day
- Vegetarian Food in Switzerland: Vegetarian options are widely available
Places to visit in Switzerland
COMING SOON: DAY HIKES IN SWITZERLAND
Key facts about Switzerland
|German, French, Italian|
|Swiss franc (CHF)|
|Right side of the road|
Practical information for visiting Switzerland
HOW TO GET THERE
Fly: Zurich airport, Geneva Airport, Basel Airport, Lugano Airport
Train: Thalys Lyria to the main cities in Switzerland.
Find a list of comfortable accomodations ranging from local guesthouses to luxury hotels.
Average Daily Budget: $220
Meals $50 a person; hotel accommodations $120; transportation $25; activities $25
WHEN TO GO
Switzerland is a year-round destination.
Winter is great for skiing and other winter sports while summer is the best time for hiking.
Depending on the country of origin visitors can stay for up to 90 days; costs depending on the country of origin
TOURS & ACTIVITIES
Belle Epoque trains, glistening river cruises, medieval villages and wonderful food tours run by locals.