QUESTIONS

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How muc​h should I budget for my trip to Switzerland?

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. 

I have four days in Switzerland. Where should I go?

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.

What's the best way to travel around Switzerland?

Definitely by public transport. The Swiss have a fantastic network of trains and buses. Check out this public transport guide for further information.

I'd like to visit Jungfraujoch, but it's so expensive. Even with my Swiss Travel Pass. Is there another way to get a discount or can I just hike up to save some money? Are there any budget alternatives to the Jungfrau?

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.

I'm planning on riding the scenic train rides. Is it possible to bring my luggage on board and does it cost extra? Do I need a special ticket for these train rides?

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.

I'd like to get a sneak peek of some local houses, find out how the Swiss live and maybe talk to a few locals. Is this possible?

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.

Is there a way I can support your blog?

Glad you asked. Actually, there's a very easy way you can help me run my blog in the future. I've created a quick summary on that subject here.

If your question isn't listed here, please don't hesitate to shoot me a message and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

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