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I was in Switzerland recently and can tell you about
rail deals. They are not exactly cheap, but one or the
other option may cut your expenses.
There are a few options specifically for visitors from
abroad. You will need to prove that you don't reside
in Switzerland: They will want to see either a foreign
passport or your Swiss passport with a valid visa.
- SWISS PASS:
unlimited rail travel in all of Switzerland for 1
- SWISS FLEXI PASS:
unlimited travel on a few days out of a month (you can
choose 4 to 8 days).
CHF 230 to 420
- SWISS CARD:
free rail trip from the airport to your main
destination and free trip back to the airport from the
same place. All other rail trips in between will cost
half the regular fare
- 1-MONTH HALF FARE CARD:
You pay half the regular fare on all rail trips.
(This is what I ended up buying).
You can buy these at train stations in bigger cities,
including ZH Airport.
In addition, there are Internet specials every day for
REALLY cheap tickets (e.g. Lugano-Zurich for CHF
12.00). You can buy them online up to 3 days in
advance. But the available destinations vary every
day, and they tend to sell out, so this is not
something you can rely on.
Check out www.sbb.ch, you can find all of this
The website also allows you to check train schedules,
so it's easy to find out travel times. I would think
rail is more efficient in winter than driving.
I assume this trip to Switzerland has to do with the
job opportunity you mentioned? If so, good luck!
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Received on Fri Jan 23 2004 - 19:03:33 PST