Traveling in Switzerland
Switzerland is absolutely a story book destination. I finally felt like I was outside of the U.S. from the moment we debarked from our flight .There was a moment of sensory overload with the sounds of a different language coming from cigarette fueled enthusiasts as trains and cars whizzed by.
Uber We were delighted to see that Uber was in the area, but not without drama. I set a pickup pin in a location that I thought was a good pickup location, away from traffic, and with ample parking, but I got a call from the driver asking me to cross the street to meet him at another area. He explained to us that Uber and taxi drivers do not get along and that local officials are currently siding with taxi drivers. However, some cantons in Switzerland are starting to incorporate Uber into their policies. Public Transportation We only used Uber two times. The first time was because we were too lazy to walk, and the second was because we didn't want to wait for the bus. Other than that the public transportation system in Switzerland is easy to use. We bought a Swiss half fare card for $125, which gives us half off of public transportation fares. We rode the trains and buses every day and got our money's worth of the half fare card.
The half fare card also gave us access to a 9 o'clock travel pass for $51, which lets us climb aboard any train, bus, or urban transport service after 9 o'clock an onward. This is useful if you're traveling between different cantons or multiple times in one day. To give you an idea, a train ride from Zermatt to Luzern would be around $60. Using the 9 o'clock pass would get us to Luzern from Zermatt and allow us to travel for the rest of the day for $51. This is only available if you have a half fare card or the Swiss travel pass. Our Cost Per Person:
Two week transportation cost (1/2 fare reduction) = $541
Two week transportation cost (no reduction) = $832
You can consider the Swiss travel pass for $480 (ages >26) and $393 (age <26). This would have paid itself off for both of us, but it may be best to stick to the half fare card if you are unsure of how much you'll be riding the buses, trains, and boats. Here's our basic route to get an idea of how far you can travel for what we paid:
Geneva to Vevey
Vevey to Zermatt
Zermatt to Luzern
Luzern to Bern
Bern to Bernese Oberland Area
Bern to Geneva
Food Our food experience in Switzerland was nothing to write home about. A meal will average about $25-$30 per person and it wasn't mind blowing, but more so "meh" so we utilized our Airbnb kitchens as much as possible. Here are some of our favorite photos from the trip!