Facts for the Visitor
required, visitors permitted to stay 3 months.
visa required, visitors permitted to stay 3 months.
Language Skills Needed
all Swiss speak English, French, and German. English is sufficient for
|Available everywhere. Most are on the Plus
and Cirrus networks.
|US$ 1 = 1.7
Swiss Francs (CHF) on August 20, 2000.
|220V, 50Hz. Plugs have
3 round pins.
|International Certificates of Vaccination are not required.
service charge is added to restaurant bills as mandated by Swiss
regulations. No additional tip is required nor expected.
can be left at almost
every train station in a locker, a luggage storage room, or the
rail personnel room for a small fee.
has four official languages: Swiss-German (north, center, east),
French (west), Italian (south), and Rhaeto-Romanic (south-east).
Almost everyone in the service industry speaks these and English.
types of phone cards are sold: Swisscom and ICM prepaid card.
Many public phones accept Swisscom phone cards only.
Swisscom Public Telephones
Swisscom public telephones have an attached keyboard that
provides telephone number searches free of charge. Key word
searches are possible. For instance, if looking for a hotel in a
particular town, enter "Hotel" in the "Name"
field and the town name in the "City" field to get a
list of all hotels with their address, phone number, and e-mail
address or web URL.
Discount Train Tickets
individual tickets when traveling around Switzerland is
expensive. There are 3 options to cut costs for frequent
4, 8, 15, 21 or 1 month of consecutive day unlimited travel.
|Swiss Flexi Pass:
for 3~9 days of unlimited non-consecutive day travel within a 1
|1 Month Half Fare Card:
CHF 104 fee, the 1 Month Half Fare Card entitles the holder to
purchase almost all train, bus, and gondola tickets at half
price for a 1 month period.
you roughly know your itinerary, go to the
information counter at any Swiss railway station and ask them to
calculate a detailed list of all the cost options including
train, bus, and gondola. The Swiss, being incredibly efficient, will
give you all the prices,
price differences, and explain the advantages and drawbacks of
each. Most short distance Swiss rail
tickets are valid for 1 day, distances greater than 87km are
valid for 2 days, and long distance circular routes are valid
for one month. Tickets valid for multiple days allow the bearer
to stop anywhere along the journey.
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