An SBB Day Pass is the perfect companion for your trip through Switzerland. There is a suitable ticket for almost every need. Whether you are traveling alone or with friends, whether you want to take your dog for a day or make a trip by bike, with the right day ticket nothing stands in your way.
And, as you're about to find out, you can also save real money if you're smart about it. Depending on the trip, an SBB Day Pass can even be a cheap alternative to the Swiss Travel Pass.
What the SBB Day Passes all have in common is that they are valid (with the exception of the Bike Day Pass) on the entire Swiss public transport network. So you can use them to travel without restrictions on trains, buses, streetcars, post buses, most boats and even selected mountain railroads to explore every corner of Switzerland. You can find a map with all valid routes here in the interactive GA validity area of the SBB.
In addition, in combination with a day pass, you also benefit from RailAway discounts of between 10 and 30% at excursion destinations.
What SBB day tickets are available?
The range of day tickets covers a wide range of wishes. New tickets are also being added all the time to meet even more needs. The table below gives you an overview of the SBB Day Tickets before we look at them individually and in detail.
|SBB Day Pass||Prerequisite||to consider||Price (from)|
|Saver Day Pass||bookable with and without Half-Fare Card||the earlier you book, the cheaper||29 CHF|
|Day pass for the Half Fare Travelcard||only available with Half-Fare Card||75 CHF|
|Tandem Day Pass for GA Travelcard Youth||GA Youth, Child or Learner||accompaniment is younger than 25 years||20 CHF|
|Friends Day Pass for Youth||valid for 1-4 persons, also without Half-Fare travelcard||all must be under 25 years of age||80 CHF|
|Day Pass Children||age: 6 to 15.99 years||valid alone, with other children or adults||19 CHF|
|Day Pass Dog||valid ticket accompanying person available||dog travels in the class of your ticket||25 CHF|
|Bike Day Pass||valid ticket available||partial reservation required||14 CHF|
|Day Pass for Schools||valid from 10 persons||reservation via SBB form||15 CHF|
Saver Day Pass SBB
Let's start right away with a very interesting offer. With the Saver Day Pass SBB you can, if you book at the right moment, benefit from very attractive prices. In combination with the Half Fare Travelcard, you can get the Saver Day Pass for as little as CHF 29. But you have to be quick and sometimes you have to search a bit. These tickets can be booked six months in advance and are subject to a quota. This means that when the cheapest price is sold out, the next cheapest price comes into effect.
Please note that this day ticket is bound to a fixed date and cannot be cancelled. So if you have bought one and the weather throws a spanner in the works, you will not get your money back.
You can buy the Saver Day Pass SBB with or without a Half-Fare Travelcard for 1st or 2nd class.
|Saver Day Pass SBB||Price with Half Fare Travelcard||Price without Half Fare Travelcard|
|2nd class||from 29 CHF||from 52 CHF|
|1st class||from 49 CHF||from 88 CHF|
For whom is the SBB Saver Day Pass suitable?
As soon as you know the day you want to travel through Switzerland, it's worth looking for a Saver Day Pass . It is suitable for almost all trips on the public transport network. The only exception is the mountain railroads.
Here we share some ideas, tips and more information with you for using the SBB Saver Day Pass :
- Take a trip on the Panorama Train. The Saver Day Pass is valid here. However, you also need a seat reservation, which is mandatory on the Bernina Express, Gotthard Panorama Express and Glacier Express.
- Journey to the Rigi or to the Stanserhorn. Both mountain railroads accept the SBB Saver Day Pass and are therefore an exception among mountain railroads.
- Combine your city trip with a boat trip across the lake. For example, you can take the cogwheel train from Arth-Goldau to the Rigi, do some hiking at the top or visit the Rigi Kaltbad, take the train to Vitznau and travel by boat across Lake Lucerne to Lucerne.
- The SBB Saver Day Pass can even be an attractive alternative to the Swiss Travel Pass. If you are in Switzerland for a week or longer, it may also be worth buying a Swiss Half Fare Card. This will give you the SBB Saver Day Pass at a lower price.
- Since the Saver Day Pass is valid until 5:00 am the following day, you can even stay out longer in the evening and enjoy the nightlife before you travel back by public transport.
- Please note that this day pass is personalized and valid only for the person who bought it. So you can't pass it on if you don't need it.
Day pass for the Half Fare travelcard SBB
The Day pass for the Half Fare travelcard differs significantly from the Saver Day Pass in two respects.
- It is unlimited available and costs always the same (75 CHF in the 2nd class)
- You need a Half Fare Travelcard or a Swiss Half Fare Card to buy the Day Pass
So you can buy it much more short-term and react to your current situation, if you can't travel on the desired day after all. Otherwise, your advantages are the same as with the Saver Day Pass .
For whom is the day pass for the Half Fare travelcard suitable?
The SBB day pass for the Half Fare travelcard is also perfect for excursions all over Switzerland. Here we share some ideas, tips and more information with you for its use:
- The day pass for the Half Fare travelcard is not personalized and can easily be passed on if you don't need it. So it also makes a great gift if you want to please someone or take them on your trip.
- If you have always wanted to travel on one of the Swiss panorama trains, you will also save a lot of money with this "normal" day ticket compared to the regular train ticket. The SBB day pass for the Half Fare travelcard is valid on all panorama trains - i.e. the Glacier Express, the Gotthard Panorama Express, the Bernina Express and the Golden Pass Line. However, in all trains, except the Golden Pass Line, you also need a seat reservation. A reservation is also recommended on the Golden Pass Line.
- Der Preis der SBB Tageskarte ist etwas höher als derjenige der Spartageskarte. Aus diesem Grund lohnt sich diese insbesondere bei längeren Fahrten. Von Zürich nach Interlaken und zurück reicht noch nicht ganz. Aber wenn du von Zürich nach Lausanne reist oder einen Ausflug ins Tessin planst, ist es die SBB Tageskarte wert.
- Ein besonders schöner Ausflug führt dich in den Schweizerischen Nationalpark im Engadin. Du kannst die Tageskarte für die Anreise nutzen und nach deiner Wanderung mit dem Postauto zurück zum nächsten Bahnhof fahren.
- Da das Ticket bis um 5:00 Uhr am Folgetag gültig ist, kannst du abends noch länger wegbleiben und das Nachtleben geniessen, bevor du mit deiner Tageskarte wieder zurückreist.
Tandem Day Pass for GA Travelcard Youth
Attention young people! It's getting exciting for you now.
If you are under 25 and have a GA Youth, GA Learner or GA Child travelcard, you can take an accompanying person with you for a whole day for just CHF 20. And you can do so in the class in which your GA travelcard is valid.
The only condition is that this person is younger than 25. This way you can travel through Switzerland together for a whole day.
Who is the Tandem Day Pass for GA Travelcard Youth suitable for?
As the name suggests, this offer is intended for teenagers and young adults. Here you will find tips, ideas and information on how to use this ticket:
- No matter who you have visiting and where the person is from. With the Tandem Day Pass for GA Travelcard Youth, you can take them on a trip for a whole day, until 5:00 am the following day. This way you can discover Switzerland together without breaking the budget.
- The Tandem Day Pass is particularly suitable if someone from abroad is visiting you. Because if your visitor does not have a Swiss Half Fare Card, a Swiss Travel Pass or any other rail pass, it will quickly become expensive. But if you travel together, your guest can save a lot of money.
- With the Tandem Day Pass you can enjoy the nightlife together wherever you find a party. Whether you want to discover the nightlife in Zurich, Bern, Lucerne, St. Gallen or Geneva, it doesn't matter. You travel there and back together.
- Please note that the person accompanying you will have to prove with an official ID that their 25th birthday is still ahead of them. In addition, you must show your GA at the control.
Prerequisite for the Tandem Day Pass GA Youth is one of the following cards:
- GA Travelcard for Youth
- GA Travelcard Familia for Youth,
- Trial GA Travelcard for Youth
- GA Travelcard for Children
- GA Travelcard Familia for Children
- GA Travelcard for Trainees
- GA Travelcard for Disabled Persons or
- 1-month GA Travelcard for Youth
Friends Day Pass for Youth
And again a day ticket that makes young hearts beat faster.
The Friends Day Pass for Youth allows you to travel with up to three other people, all under 25 years of age, for one day in the entire GA area. And all that for just CHF 80! So if you're traveling as a foursome, you'll pay just CHF 20 per person and can travel wherever the wind blows you.
Or the train. Or the ship. You know what we mean...
Who is the Friends Day Pass for Youth suitable for?
Again, nomen est omen. The Friends Day Pass for Youth is specifically geared towards young people. If you're all under 25, there's nothing standing in the way of your trip with this great value offer. Here you will find tips, ideas and information on how to use this ticket:
- You don't need a Half-Fare Card for the Friends Day Pass for Youth.
- This day pass is undoubtedly the most attractive offer for backpackers traveling through Switzerland together. Even with the Saver Day Pass at the lowest price you won't travel cheaper. So if you're traveling with friends in Switzerland, no matter what country you're from, the Friends Day Pass for Youth is your best friend. Provided you do all your traveling together.
- You already get a small portion of extra luxury for a small surcharge. In 1st class, the day ticket costs only CHF 120, i.e. CHF 10 extra per person. Especially if you are traveling with a steamship, this can be a nice experience.
- Whether you want to explore panoramic trains, cities, lakes, nightlife or the mountains, the Friends Day Pass for Youth is your best choice and perfect for you.
Day Pass Children
With the Day Pass Children, a child travels either alone, with other children or adults for a whole day in 2nd class through Switzerland for 19 CHF. In first class, the day ticket costs CHF 33. The prerequisite is that the child still has his or her 16th birthday ahead of them.
For whom is the Day Pass Children suitable?
If a child often travels with his or her parents or grandparents, he or she probably has a Junior Card or a Children’s Co-Travelcard. However, these are valid for a whole year, personalized and only valid for travel with these specific people.
Therefore, if the trip is not with parents or grandparents, the Day Pass Children may be worth it. Here we share some ideas, tips and more information with you for their use:
- Like all other Day Passes, the Day Pass Children is valid throughout Switzerland on public transportation until 5:00 a.m. the following day.
- The Day Pass Children is suitable for excursions where the child is traveling with another family, for example.
- If the child is going on an excursion with friends or is visiting grandparents with siblings and is traveling independently, the Day Pass Children is worthwhile. However, only if the total cost of the trip exceeds the price of the Day Pass.
Day Pass Dog
With the Day Pass Dog your dog travels with you for one day. You need a valid ticket yourself. Then your four-legged companion pays 25 CHF to come with you.
By the way, you only need a ticket for your dog if he is taller than 30 cm. If it is smaller, you can take it with you free of charge in a bag or a suitable container.
Bike Day Pass
If you are planning a bigger trip with your bike and want to use public transport for a part of it, then a Bike Day Pass belongs in your luggage. You can get it for as little as 14 CHF in combination with a valid ticket for you. So you don't have to travel far to make the Bike Day Pass worthwhile. For shorter distances it is enough to buy a route or zone ticket at half price for your bike. But from 14 CHF you should not buy single tickets anymore, but change to the Day Pass.
You can take your bike with you in the class in which your own ticket is valid. Please note that there are extra compartments in the trains. There you can attach your bike to bike hooks.
Please note the following tips and restrictions when using your Bike Day Pass:
- Most cable cars and shipping companies do not offer bike transport.
- From March to October, seat reservations are mandatory on Intercity trains. This includes lines IC2/21 through the Gotthard base tunnel (Basel/Zurich-Ticino), and lines IC5/51 at the southern foot of the Jura (Basel-Biel/Bienne, Rorschach/Zurich-Biel/Bienne-Lausanne/Genève).
- On public holidays, reservations are compulsory on all InterCity lines.
- Throughout the year, reservations are mandatory for Swiss sections on international trains EuroCity (EC), InterCityExpress (ICE), Railjet (RJX) and InterCity (IC) Zurich HB-Singen/Stuttgart.
Day Pass for Schools
This Day Pass is, not as the name suggests, only valid for schools. Kindergartens, trainees, students or homes for the disabled, orphanages and educational institutions also benefit from a low ticket price of 15 CHF per person. Expressly, this ticket is also provided for "Youth + Sport" events and other events of official character.
The Day Pass for Schools may be used by children and young people between 6 and 15.99 years of age. It is valid for 10 or more people, and dogs are included in these 10 people. For every eight children, a maximum of two adults are allowed to use this Day Pass for Schools.
Since additional information such as the exact travel time as well as the place of entry and exit must be provided for the reservation, a form must be filled out in advance at SBB.