As of 1 January 2015, the Swiss Travel System will be marketing its new and improved product range that aims to better cater to the changing needs of visitors to Switzerland including shorter holiday stays and the need for increased travel flexibilities.
The first major change is the rebranding of the popular all-in-one Swiss Pass, introduced 25 years ago, to the Swiss Travel Pass with new validity dates of three, four, eight and 15 days. The Pass will also be printable from home and continue to grant users unlimited travel on all public transportation and access to 480 museums across the country.
The second change is the rename of the Swiss Flexi Pass to Swiss Travel Pass Flex, best for visitors seeking flexible travel dates. The Swiss Travel Pass Flex will offer unlimited travel on all public transport on any three, four, eight or 15 selected days within one month.
Agents should also note that a new Swiss Half Fare Card Combi offering 50% off travel by train, bus and boat and most mountain railways will, from 2015, replace the discontinued half price travel between free days offered on the old Swiss Flexi Pass. However, this Combi card is only valid for purchase in conjunction with a Swiss Travel Pass Flex or Swiss Transfer Ticket.
The final change to note for 2015 is the discontinuation of the Saver versions of the Swiss Pass and Swiss Flexi Pass. However, travellers under 26yo can now purchase the new Swiss Travel Pass Youth or Swiss Travel Pass Flex Youth at 15% off the adult ticket price. Children under 16yo continue to travel for free when accompanied by an adult on the Swiss Travel Pass.
Rail Europe Manager Australasia, Ingrid Kocijan, says the new and streamlined changes introduced by the Swiss Travel System efficiently meet the evolving needs of ANZ travellers to Switzerland.
“While an increasing number of Aussies and Kiwis are visiting Switzerland each year, their length of stay in Switzerland vary from a few days to a couple of weeks, so these new changes will see that their time in the country is spent even more cost effectively and in accordance to their travel preferences,” she says.
Agents are reminded that Rail Europe tickets are distributed by Rail Plus, Rail Tickets, CIT Holidays and Infinity Rail in Australia, and Rail Plus and Go Holidays in New Zealand.