How to Travel to Switzerland

How to Travel to Switzerland
Switzerland, the Alpine nation nestled in Western Europe, finds itself high on many a traveler's wish list. Whether you dream of summiting the mighty Matterhorn, skiing Swiss slopes or just kicking back aside mountain lakes, you first have to figure out how to get yourself there. If you are traveling within Europe, many times flying is cheaper than traveling by land.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Passport National identity card for citizens of some European countries who do not require passports
  • Passport
  • National identity card for citizens of some European countries who do not require passports
Step 1
Decide which airport you would like to fly in to. The country's two main airports are Zurich Airport and Geneva International Airport. Airlines flying out of the United States service the two main international airports at Zurich and Geneva. American Airlines only services Zurich. United Kingdom discount airline Ryan Air flies to Euro Airport in Base, and this airport is becoming increasing popular. If you plan on trekking the northern Jura Mountains, Basel is the place you'll want to arrive. Some airlines also fly to Bern-Belp and Lugano airports.
Step 2
Check the fares from your point of departure. From the United States, compare prices on United Airlines (www.united.com), Continental Airlines (www.continental.com) and American Airlines (www.aa.com). From the UK, discount airline Easy Jet operates flights to Zurich from Luton and Gatwick. Most major airlines have flights to Zurich or Geneva. Other discount airlines servicing Switzerland include Air Berlin (www.airberlin.com), Helvetic (www.helvetic.com) and Sky Europe (www.skyeurope.com). Compare fares on Swiss Air (www.swissair.com) and your national airline.
Step 3
Choose your travel dates and itinerary and book your tickets. Now you can start daydreaming about your vacation in Europe's outdoor wonderland.

Travel to Switzerland by Land

Step 1
Decide on your travel itinerary. To take advantage of the best rates, it's important to know where you would like to travel in Switzerland and where you will be coming from. Under the Resource section, click on Switzerland Rail Map to see the country's rail network. You can also check out bus routes at www.eurolines.com.
Step 2
If you plan to travel extensively within Switzerland and bordering countries, check out rates on www.eurail.com. As of 2009, youth rail passes for Switzerland and one adjacent country start at $309 for five days of travel within two months. First class adult rail passes start at $439. Rates vary by country combinations. Plan on traveling to three or more countries? Get a combined rail pass to cover the mileage in Switzerland plus the other countries you plan to visit. Need just a simple one-way or return ticket? Check out Rail Europe (www.raileurope.com) for current rates on train travel, or Eurolines (www.eurolines.com) for current rates on bus travel.
Step 3
Book your tickets or order your rail passes. Get ready for strolling around storybook castles, feeling the alpine breeze whipping against your face, and nibbling delicious dark Swiss chocolate.

Tips & Warnings

 
Swiss citizens must carry personal identification with them at all times, and as a tourist you should as well.

Article Written By Heather Carreiro

Heather Carreiro is a certified English teacher who has been writing since 2008. The editor of Matador Abroad, her work has appeared online at BootsnAll, Matador Network, GoNOMAD, Journey Beyond Travel and Expat Women. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is pursuing a Master of Arts in English at Bridgewater State University.

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