a VirtualTourist member from Palmerston North asked on May 28, 2016
Is it true if you stay in a youth hostel in Switzerland and pay the tourist tax, that you can travel free on trains and buses?
I doubt it. Look at the deals available when you join the Swiss Hostel association. Certain discounts are available but no mention of free train and bus travel. (and a deal like that would grab the main headline on membership )
It says on the hostel booking that free public transportation is included in the tourist tax...
Linley V, then i suggest you contact the hostel so they can clarify what transportation is free. Maybe just local transport !
Post that link here! We are all very interesting to see that.
City transport was free when i stayed in a Basel hostel some time ago (and payed the tourist tax), this might be all over Switzerland (the swiss tourist tax is a regional tax, not everywhere the same), trains only if within the city transport system (stayed 1 night and got a 24 hour city ticket).
YES, like Uli said: it applies for the LOCAL transport and in my case for instance in Interlaken it included the bus between Matten (a part of Interlaken) and it ends at NEUHAUS on Thunersee, that is also a part of Interlaken, BUT it does NOT include for instance the SBB-TRAINs between Interlaken OST and Interlaken WEST, BUT the buses there of course !
all you need is ASK for the TOURISTCARD and show it to the busdrivers !
Thank you all for your answers! This is news for me and I find those information very useful!
Local transport free in Geneva area too, from the hostels
it is not only for hostels, it is a guestcard that everybody gets, who stays over nigght in *****hotels or hostels and even most campingsites !
BUT you need to ask for it !!!
You ask from hotel/hostel you stay or in tourisitic office?
Ask in your hotel/hostel
the place where you PAY in order to sleep will issue that touristcard !
so: no private people can do it and when you camp in your motorhome OUTside of a campingsite or when you are just a daytourist and stay in another village, you will not gt it !
Good information so now we know the details. I was under the impression that the poster thought she could get a train for free across the whole country
To expand upon the excellent information above, the included transportation is specific to the local area, not the youth hostels. Almost every place you stay in Switzerland (including hostels, hotels, and even many private guest apartments) will give you some sort of "Guest Card" when you check in. What you get with these guest cards vary widely with the local area. Some cards will only give you discounts on certain local attractions. Others will give you unlimited rides on the village bus or city public transit system. Still others (such as Appenzell's "Gold" guest card and the Engadine Card) will give you free entry to several local attractions and unlimited use of the local transit authority's system, including all trains in a significant portion of northeast Switzerland and southeast Switzerland respectively. However, none of the cards will give you unlimited nationwide transportation.