Probably a lot. It depends on how much luxury you need and how fast or far you travel. I‘d say you’ll probably need around 100-130 CHF per day if you get a Swiss Travel Pass, stay in hostels and buy your own food at the supermarket.
You can reduce those costs by couchsurfing, camping, sticking to one region or using cheap long-distance buses. Click here for further tips on how to save money in Switzerland.
There’s so much to see and do in Switzerland. It really depends on what you’re into. Unfortunately, I can‘t create a personal itinerary for you because Lost in Switzerland is "only" a part-time job for me at the moment.
However, since I get this question a lot, I created a series of itinerary-ebooks that might help with your planning.
You‘re right. Visiting Jungfrau is so expensive it hurts. Sadly, even with a Swiss Travel Pass, you‘ll end up paying well over 100 CHF. Unfortunately, hiking up to save money is not an option. So if a trip to Jungfrau is something you can‘t miss, I‘m afraid you‘ll have to dig deep into your pockets. There are alternatives that won‘t cost you quite as much, though:
- Mountains are abundant in the Interlaken area and therefore make for awesome hikes. Check the Jungfrau website to find trails with beautiful views of the famous mountain trio Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
- Mount Schilthorn offers spectacular views and getting up there costs way less than the Jungfraubahn. You get serious discounts with the Half Fare Card, the Swiss Travel Pass and all Interrail / Eurail Passes.
- If you still want to see a glacier from up close, I recommend taking the Gornergrat railway in Zermatt. The ride to the top, which sits at 3.135 metres (10.285 feet) above sea level, is slightly less spectacular than the Jungfraubahn. But it’s still beyond impressive and the stunning views of the Matterhorn as well as the Gorner Glacier won't disappoint you. With your Swiss Travel Pass and the Half Fare Card, you're entitled toa 50% discount and hiking is an option here to save some money.
First of all, yes, it‘s possible to bring your luggage on board. And no, you don‘t have to pay extra. You don’t need a special ticket to use those trains, either.
If you have a normal Long Distance ticket, a Swiss Travel Pass, an Interrail or Eurail Pass, you’re good to go. However, there are a few differences between these trains in terms of reservations.
For more information on the specific train rides, please refer to this article.
The Swiss aren’t really the kind of people that will just invite a stranger into their home and show you around. However, if you’d like to see the inside of a Swiss home, I suggest staying in an Airbnb or try Couchsurfing.
Otherwise, make use of your connections. If you have any Swiss friends, ask them if you can stop by their place or if they can put you in touch with someone they know. Coming on someone’s recommendation is a pretty safe bet.
If you’re interested in seeing how people used to live back in the day, visit the Ballenberg open-air museum near Interlaken.
By running a blog about my own country, I'm walking a fine line. On one hand, I love telling people about all the cool, hidden little places I discover in Switzerland. But on the other hand, I've seen what overtourism can do and I'd hate to be responsible for turning what was once an insider tip into an overrun tourist spot.
(Not that I'd imagine my blog could ever have that much of an influence. But you never know...)
This is why I've come up with a compromise for the people that are serious about visiting the real Switzerland and look behind the scenes. To unlock a bunch of insider tips, hidden places, language guides and so on (work still in process), head over to my Patreon page and learn more about my insider programme. I can't wait to see you over there!
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