- Take a 13-hour flight from Changi Airport to Zurich Airport.
- Airlines such as SWISS provide direct flights from Singapore and they serve halal as well as vegetarian dishes on board too!
- Flight price starts from SGD$1000 for a round trip.
- If you’re from Kuala Lumpur, airlines such as SWISS, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Singapore Airlines provide flights to Zurich with at least one transfer.
- Flight price starts from MYR2500 for a round trip.
Why do you need a Swiss Travel Pass
- Transport often takes up a huge portion of travel expenses, especially in Switzerland, so if you're planning to see and do as much as you can here on your trip, getting the Swiss Travel Pass will save you a huge chunk of money on transport!
- Klook is also having an ongoing promo from now until Oct 31 for the 4-day pass (up to 29% off)! So be sure to grab it before the promo ends to save up more!
- The Swiss Travel Pass is equivalent to the Japan Rail Pass (except packed with more benefits!).
- Depending on your travel style and itinerary, you can choose between the flexible pass or the consecutive pass.
- The validity period for the consecutive pass is 3, 4, 8 and 15 days. Whereas the flexible pass has a validity of 3, 4, 8 and 15 days in a month.
- For consecutive passes, you’re allowed to use it continuously for a certain number of days. Whereas the flexible pass gives you the freedom to use it for a certain number of days at any time within a one-month period.
- The pass gives you unlimited rides on Switzerland's trains, buses and boats, as well as discounts on panoramic train rides and mountain excursions, AND free entry to 500 museums nationwide!
- The mountain railroads to the Rigi, the Stoos and the Stanserhorn are also free with the Swiss Travel Pass!
- On other mountain railway tickets, such as the Jungfraujoch and Schilthorn, you get up to 50% discount with the Swiss Travel Pass.
- Up to 30% discount on SBB RailAway offers!
- Up to 50% discount on bike and e-bike rentals at train stations.
- Certain cross-border buses and trains, such as the EuroAirport-Basel bus line in France and the train from Brig to Domodossola in Italy, accept the pass and allow free travel.
How to start using your Swiss Travel Pass
- The Swiss Travel Pass is ready for travelling once you book it. You will receive a PDF file in your email.
- The PDF file has a code that train staff can scan from their smartphone. Be sure to set your screen brightness to the maximum!
- The pass is ready to use if it includes all information like start date, passenger name and birth date. So be sure the details are correct when booking!
- You can just board any train, bus or ferry on routes that allow free travelling without needing a ticket.
- On routes that allow discounted travelling (such as the mountain railway tickets to go to Jungfraujoch) you’ll need to arrange for a discounted ticket. You can do so at the ticket office of the cable car. Present your pass to make sure you'll get the discount!
Get eSIM data roaming
- Book your unlimited eSIM data roaming with Klook to stay connected wherever you are!
- You can choose either a 14-day or 30-day pass with unlimited 3G or 4G high-speed data starting from SGD37.90 or MYR123.60!
- If your phone is not compatible with eSIM, you can also opt for the physical 4G SIM Card for Europe. You can pick it up at Sim Lim Tower.
- The SIM card is valid for 14 days with 8GB of data.
Getting from Zurich Airport to Zurich city centre
- Most travellers to Switzerland fly in via Zurich, so you'll be glad to know that Zurich Airport is only a short 10-15 minute train ride away from Zurich's city centre!
- From Zurich HB, you can take the public trams to just about anywhere in the city: it's a short 5-minute tram ride to the city's Altstadt (Old Town).
- It’s super convenient and plus, the train rides are free with the Swiss Travel Pass!
Day 1 - Visit the famous landmarks in Zurich
Check-in 25Hours Hotel Langasstrse
- We recommend staying at the 25hours Hotel Zürich Langstrasse (SGD573/night).
- It’s about a 10-minute walk from Zurich HB and it’s strategically located to all the main attractions in the city!
- The hotel serves a breakfast buffet however it is not halal as they serve ham and non-halal meat. However, there are options such as pastries/bread, muesli, cereal, fruits and eggs available. We recommend that you dine at your own discretion.
Lindenhof Hill (1 hour)
- This spot provides a glorious view of the Old Town, Grossmünster Church, City Hall, the Limmat river, ETH Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
- Today, Lindenhof Hill is a haven of peace and tranquillity in the city's heart and a meeting point for passionate chess players.
- It’s best to go at sunrise as it is quiet and you can see the sunrise behind the mountains.
- There is a small playground with swings, ideal for those with families!
Grossmünster (1 hour)
- Grossmünster is a 12th-century Protestant church that is iconic to Zurich with its two towers.
- Be sure to check out the stained glass windows by Sigmar Polke, the Romanesque crypt, choir windows by Augusto Giacometti, bronze doors by Otto Münch and the cloister Reformation Museum!
- For a bird’s eye view of the city, you can climb up the stairs of one of the towers. It costs CHF5 (approx. SGD7/MYR23.60).
- Entrance to the church is free.
Lunch (1 hour)
- Enjoy your first lunch in Zurich at 1001 Restaurant.
- The restaurant serves Turkish and Middle-Eastern dishes, in a fast-food style.
- We highly recommend the doner teller (chicken kebab) as it’s very filling!
- Prices range from CHF15 to 25 (approx. SGD22 to SGD36 or MYR70.80 to MYR170)
Framünster Church (15 - 30 minutes)
- Founded in 853 by King Louis the German, this church with its convent was inhabited by the female members of the aristocracy of Europe.
- Its most stunning treasures are the stained glass windows, Be sure to have your camera ready!
- The church is easily recognised by the huge clockface. If you’re lucky, you might catch an organ performance that you can enjoy for about an hour.
Old Town Zurich (1 - 2 hours)
- What do Albert Einstein, James Joyce and Wagner have in common? All three were residents of Zurich!
- Enjoy a self-guided walking tour where you discover the cobblestone streets and medieval storefronts that look like they’re out of the Beauty and the Beast movie!
- Stroll around and enjoy window shopping in the local stores of Zurich such as Max Chocolatier (chocolate shop), Vestibule (clothing store) and Fizzen (clothing store).
FIFA Museum (2 - 3 hours)
- This is a must-visit for any football lovers!
- The FIFA Museum is an interactive experience world for people of all ages and is guaranteed to get all soccer fans’ pulse racing.
- Spread over three floors and covering approximately 32,500 sq ft of exhibition space, the FIFA Museum features the extraordinary history of FIFA and the Football World Cup.
- It’s also an interactive, multimedia world of experiences that illustrates how the game stirs people’s emotions on a daily basis, and influences and inspires them.
- Along with the original FIFA World Cup™ Trophy, the museum displays over 1,000 items of exclusive memorabilia and apparel, including the national soccer shirts of all the FIFA member associations.
- Be sure to test your skills at the giant pinball machine!
Dinner (1 hour)
- There are plenty of Muslim-friendly eateries in Zurich but they primarily serve Middle Eastern cuisine.
- Why not try a vegan/plant-based restaurant like Beetnut, which serves really hearty bowls of rice and noodles. It sells alcoholic drinks but the food does not contain any alcohol or pork/lard.
- You can also enjoy breakfast here since they open at 8am!
Day 2 - Interlaken
Travel from Zurich HB to Interlaken OST (1 hour 52 minutes)
- After getting a good night’s sleep, it’s time to go to Interlaken!
- There is no direct train from Zurich to Interlaken and it requires at least one transfer, usually in Berne or Lucerne.
- Trains from Zurich HB to Interlaken OST take 1 hour and 52 minutes to arrive in Interlaken. The train ride is free with the Swiss Travel Pass.
- You can check for the train schedule on the SBB website or download the app for easy access. You don’t need to book seat reservations for train rides in Switzerland but if you want to make sure you can be seated together with your group, you can make reservations directly at the ticket counter. It costs CHF5 (SGD7 or MYR23) per seat to make a reservation.
- Enjoy a scenic journey on the train as every train journey in Switzerland is an experience in itself.
- There are basic amenities such as toilet facilities and a USB slot where you can charge your electronic devices.
Check-in Carlton-Europe Vintage Adults Hotel
- Once you arrived in Interlaken, it’s time to check into your hotel. We recommend staying at the Carlton-Europe Vintage Adults Hotel (SGD245 or MYR1156/night). This is an adult-only hotel, if you’re travelling as a family, we recommend the ibis Zurich Adliswil (SGD173 or MYR563/night).
- It’s only about a 10-minute walk from Interlaken OST, making it an ideal location for accommodation!
- The hotel is homely and you truly feel like you’re staying in a Swiss home.
- The views of the mountains around Interlaken are truly breathtaking!
Lunch (1 hour)
- There is a number of halal and Muslim-friendly eateries around Interlaken so you don’t have to worry about getting hungry here!
- We recommend Assllanis Corner, a halal restaurant serving burgers, salad bowls and snacks like nachos.
Stroll through the town (1 - 2 hours)
- Enjoy a walk through the town and take in the sights. We recommend taking this time to enjoy the view as you’ll have a full day tomorrow!
Dinner (1 hour)
Day 3 - Jungfraujoch
Interlaken to Jungfraujoch (1 hour)
- Take the train from Interlaken Ost to Grindelwald Terminal to start your journey!
- Jungfraujoch is also known as “Top of Europe” because it's the highest train station in Europe at 3,454 meters above sea level 😍
- The journey takes about 40 minutes and you can enjoy breathtaking views of Interlaken as it takes you through the fields and farms.
- The new Grinderlwald Terminal is equipped with stores such as the Lindt Chocolate shop and Coop Supermarket where you can stock up on snacks!
- The train ride is free with the Swiss Travel Pass.
- Change to the new aerial cableway Eiger Express from Grindelwald Terminal to go to Jungfraujoch.
- It’s the quickest way to reach the top — only 15 minutes!
- One-way gondola ride costs CHF32 (SGD46 or MYR150) for an adult or CHF16 (SGD23 or MYR75) for a child. A return trip costs CHF88.80 (SGD128 or MYR415) for an adult or CHF20 (SGD29 or MYR93) for a child.
- You’ll get a 20% discount on the gondola ride ticket with the Swiss Travel Pass!
Jungfraujoch (2 - 3 hours)
- Ice Palace: The snowy aisles and hallways of the ice palace were built by mountain guides in the 1930s. Be sure to take in the sculptures and artwork that decorate the palace rooms! 😍
- Sphinx viewing platform: Take the lift and enjoy views of the Jungfrau, Mönch, and Eiger peaks, all within a few kilometres.
- The entrance to these two attractions is included in your Swiss Travel Pass!
- Or, you can book the Jungfraujoch day tour on Klook. The tour includes entry to the Alpine Sensation, Sphinx Observation Terrace, Plateau, and Ice Palace!
- The best part is, the tickets to the Eiger Express cable car and cogwheel train are also included in the package!
Lunch (1 hour)
- There is only one restaurant on top of Jungfraujoch — Restaurant Crystal. However, it is not halal and they serve pork and alcohol.
- You can opt for pasta with tomato sauce but we recommend you pack a sandwich or head to Restaurant Bollywood at Eigergletscher.
Harder Kulm (2 - 3 hours)
- The Harder Kulm is Interlaken’s local mountain and one of the best vantage points at an altitude of 1,322 metres. It offers a spectacular panorama over the Jungfrau, Eiger, Mönch, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz!
- You can take the funicular near the Interlaken OST train station. It's on the other side of the river Aare and you'll see it right after crossing the bridge!
- The funicular ride takes about 10 minutes and costs CHF34 (SGD49 or MYR159). It is quite expensive, but there is a 50% discount for Swiss Travel Pass holders!
- Be sure to check out the Two Lakes Bridge which offers a wonderful vantage point to photograph and enjoy the surrounding landscape 😍
Day 4 - Lake Lucerne and Rigi
Boat ride around Lake Lucerne (1 hour)
- Take the train from Interlaken OST to Lucerne (about one hour trip). The train journey is free with the Swiss Travel Pass!
- Take some time to enjoy a boat trip around Lake Lucerne.
- Located in the heart of Switzerland, Lake Lucerne is one of the most spectacular and breathtaking Alpine lakes in Europe.
- A round-trip on the boat trip costs CHF27 (SGD39 or MYR126). But, if you’re a Swiss Travel Pass holder, the boat tour is free with the Swiss Travel Pass! See how much you can save 😍
Check into your hotel
- We recommend staying at Rigi Hotel Kaltbad (SGD373 or MYR1213/night) which offers the most beautiful view of the mountains!
- Be sure to check out the mineral spa and infinity pool 😍
- However, there are no halal eateries nearby, but you can opt for seafood or vegetarian dishes from the hotel’s restaurant.
Lunch (1 hour)
- Before your hike up Rigi Kulm, have lunch at Restaurant Lok 7 where they serve classic European cuisine.
- It is quite hard to find halal restaurants in Rigi, so we recommend you opt for vegetarian pasta.
- There are also French fries and vegetarian-friendly sandwiches.
- The restaurant offers a breathtaking view of the lake and mountains!
Hike Rigi Kulm (1 hour)
- Don’t worry if you’ve never hiked before! The Rigi Kulm is beginner-friendly and it’ll take about 20 to 45 minutes.
- It would be hard not to take breaks to appreciate the view! 😍
- Once on top, you’ll be able to see views of Lucerne, Lake Lucerne, Zugersee and the Vosges mountains.
- If you’re not into hiking, fret not. Opt to ride the Rigi cogwheel as it’s free with the Swiss Travel Pass!
Day 5: Flüelen and Erstfeld
- Head to Lucerne from Rigi by train. The ticket price is free with the Swiss Travel Pass!
- From Lucerne, take a boat trip with the Gotthard Panorama Express to Flüelen where you can enjoy your lunch too. And yes the boat ride is free with the Swiss Travel Pass!
- You’ll have a selection of Swiss and international cuisine onboard, ranging from CHF15 - 30 (approx. SGD22 - SGD32 or MYR71 - MYR104).
- The food is non-halal as they serve pork and alcohol, but you can opt for vegetarian dishes. We recommend you dine at your own discretion.
Gotthard Tunnel Experience (2 hours)
- The boat will take you straight to the famous Gotthard Tunnel Experience where you can take a tour into the world's longest railway tunnel which spans 57km, cutting through mountains.
- It’s also the longest railway tunnel in the world!
- Be sure to check out the Amsteg access gallery where a window permits a direct view of trains rushing by. Fun for the whole family!
Back to Zurich (1 hour 30 minutes)
- Take the train back to Zurich HB (yes, you guessed it right — it’s free with Swiss Travel Pass!)
- Take the time to unwind and relax before you arrive!
Check into your hotel
- We recommend staying at Marktgasse Hotel Zürich (SGD371 or MYR1206/night).
- The classy and beautifully-designed hotel is ideal for couples travelling for their honeymoon!
- It’s an ideal location as it’s nearby main attraction points such as Lindenhof, Grossmunster, Zurich Town Hall.
- You can have dinner at the hotel’s restaurant IGNIV, a one Michelin-starred restaurant in Zurich where you can enjoy dinner by a three Michelin-starred chef Andreas Caminada 😍
- It’s not halal-certified, but there are vegetarian/vegan options. We recommend you dine at your own discretion.
Day 6 - Mount Pilatus (whole day)
- Take a day trip to Mount Pilatus, the mountain which, according to medieval legends, dragons and ghosts once inhabited!
- You can take a train from Zürich to Pilatus via Luzern, Alpnachstad, and Alpnachstad PB in around 2h 38m. The train ride is free for Swiss Travel Pass holders!
- When you step off the train on top of Mount Pilatus, you will feel like you have been transported to the top of the world!
- On a clear day, you can see mile after mile of snow-covered peaks in the distance. Spend some time enjoying the breathtaking scenery.
- Don’t miss the cogwheel train! Brace yourself for an extreme adrenaline rush as you descend the world's steepest cogwheel railway. Woohoo!
- Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the boat while you marvel at the stunning views of Lake Lucerne.
- Have a worry-free trip and book your Mount Pilatus tour on Klook! There is a tour guide that will bring you around Mount Pilatus, so you’ll also learn more about the mountain!
Day 7 - Last day in Zurich
- Your trip to Zurich is not complete without visiting the Lindt Home of Chocolate Museum!
- The interactive museum will take you on a journey about how cocoa was first discovered by ancient civilisations and you can learn how chocolate is made and how Switzerland became synonymous with chocolates.
- A definite must-go for chocolate lovers and live out your Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fantasy (without the Oompa Loompas!).
- You can buy Lindt chocolates here but do note that the chocolates are not halal-certified but they are free from animal products and alcohol. Do check the ingredients before buying. We recommend you buy at your own discretion.
Market Hall, Viaduct Arches (1-2 hours)
- In the market hall under the arches of the railway viaduct in Zürich-West, foodies can find fresh Zurich produce and takeout stands selling delicacies for immediate consumption.
- Farmers, bakers, and butchers from the region offer their fresh products six days a week. Some specialise in organic produce – just ask the traders!
- Take a stroll through the colourful stands of the market and immerse yourself in the fragrances and flavours of the region.
- You can enjoy regional products of Switzerland here and there are information boards installed in front of every market stall, outlining the philosophy behind the products on sale.
- Take the time to wander through the various market stalls and find a colourful array of goods, ranging from seasonal cut flowers to tangy cheeses from local cheese dairies.