Happy Birthday From SwissRail: a Gift for You!

Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New — By Sonja Holverson on September 27, 2010 at 7:48 pm

SwissRail Adventure: image courtesy of swisstravelsystem.ch

If you’re planning a trip to Switzerland, you might want to come on your birthday. SwissRail has a birthday offer for everyone which is valid on all modes of public transportation including urban transport, lake boats, “les cars postal” (rural buses operated by the postal system). It’s called “La carte journalière Happy Birthday”. Yes, part of that is in English! And if you have identification to prove it’s your birthday you can have one and travel anywhere in Switzerland (remember, it’s a tiny country) the entire day for only about $33 in second class or about $50 in first class without having any other SwissRail passes or ½ price rail card.

Furthermore,  you can buy it online (in English).They have even considered those of you born February 29 during Leap yYear and are offering you a choice of February 28 or March 1! Ask about special Happy Brithday rates for your children “Les cartes Junior et Petits-enfants”.  Second class in Switzerland is better than first class in most countries and some mountainous trains and postal busses do not distinguish between the 2 classes anyway. Now perhaps, you’re not impressed, but if you consider that you could take a day trip from Geneva to Zermatt and have lunch looking at the Matterhorn and then return in the evening, normally it would cost you about $180 second class and about $292 first class! So it’s a gift! But more importantly it’s a Swiss birthday adventure! How far and to what fascinating places can you discover in one day? There are the Swiss Alps, the gorgeous lakes everywhere, the countryside, the villages, and the fascinating cities all waiting to welcome you and help you celebrate your big day.

Even the locals and St. Bernards will celebrate your birthday: image courtesy of myswitzerland.com

Where to go? SwissRail offer nearly 400 suggestions online. There are ideas for families, nature trips, cultural visits, lake cruises, and Alpine exploration. Or just go to one of many thermal bathes in Switzerland and relax for the day!

A map of the SwissRail system is handy and you can zero in on areas that may be of interest for your birthday Swiss adventure.

Depending on your starting point, here are some suggestions for your Swiss birthday adventure.


Zermatt to view the Matterhorn: image courtesy of Wikimedia commons

Château and village of Gruyères : image courtesy of wikimedia commons by Timo Newton-Syms

Luzern town and lake: image courtesy of Wikimedia commons by Francisco Antunes

Zurich’s Limmat river leading to the lake: image courtesy of Wikimedia commons by Kelly Smith

Bern, capital of Switzerland: image courtesy of Wikimedia commons by Daniel Schwen


Lugano, Italian-speaking Switzerland. Image courtesy of Dominique Schreckling

Bon Voyages and Happy Birthday!

Swiss Candles image courtesy of heartandsoul.com

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Tags: adventure, Bern, birthday, Geneva, Gruyeres, Luzern, Matterhorn, Neuchâtel, SwissRail, Switzerland, train, Zermatt, Zurich


  • reshma says:

    i was wondering..is there any discount for the companion on this birthday pass?

  • Sonja Holverson says:

    Hi Reshma,
    That was not mentioned but I don’t think so. It’s just for the birthday traveler. There are many other plans on Swiss Rail for locals and visitors. You’ll find lots of ideas on their website (in English) at http://www.sbb.ch/en/index.htm.
    Happy Trails,


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