Senior Cards

Senior citizens are not entitled to discounts on Swiss railways, but discounts are available on museum admission, ski passes and some cable cars. Discounts often start for those as young as 62 (proof of age necessary), although sometimes a higher limit is observed. The abbreviation for senior citizens is AHV in German and AVS in French.

Student & Youth Cards

An International Student Identity Card (ISIC) yields discounts on admission prices, air and international train tickets, and even some ski passes. If you’re under 31 but not a student, apply for the IYTC (International Youth Travel Card). Cards are issued by student unions and youth-oriented travel agencies in your home country.

Swiss Museum Pass

Regular or long-term visitors to Switzerland may want to buy the Swiss Museum Pass (www.museumspass.ch; per adult/family Sfr166/288), which grants a year's free entry to 500 museums countrywide.

Swiss Travel Passes

The following national travel passes offer fabulous savings on extensive travel within Switzerland. Passes can be purchased at train stations in Switzerland. For comprehensive information, see www.swisstravelsystem.ch and http://traintickets.myswitzerland.com.

Swiss Travel Pass This entitles the holder to unlimited travel on almost every train, boat and bus service in the country, and on trams and buses in 41 towns, plus free entry to 500-odd museums. Reductions of 25% to 50% apply on funiculars, cable cars and private railways. Different passes are available, valid between three (Sfr216) and 15 (Sfr458) consecutive days. There's a 15% discount for young adults under age 26.

Swiss Travel Pass Flex This pass allows unlimited travel for a certain number of days within a one-month period – from three (Sfr248) to 15 (Sfr502) days. A 15% discount applies for those under age 26.

Swiss Half-Fare Card As the name suggests, you pay only half the fare on trains with this card (Sfr120 for one month), plus you get some discounts on local-network buses, trams and cable cars.

Junior Travelcard This card (Sfr30), valid for one year, gets a child aged six to 16 years free travel on trains, boats and some cable cars when travelling with at least one parent. Children travelling with a grandparent can buy an equivalent Grandchild travelcard. Childen not travelling with a relative can get unlimited travel for one day with a one-day children’s travel pass (Sfr16).

Regional Passes Network passes valid only within a particular region are available in several parts of the country. Such passes are available from train stations in the region.

Visitors’ Cards

In many resorts and cities there’s a Gästekarte (visitors’ card), which provides various benefits such as reduced prices for museums, swimming pools or cable cars, as well as free use of public transport within city limits. Cards are issued by your accommodation.