First of all, Welcome to Switzerland and let’s explore 2 day Switzerland itinerary! Willkommen in der Schweiz/Bienvenue en Suisse/Benvenuti in Svizzera/Bainvegni a Svizra!
That is in how many ways it is possible to say Welcome to Switzerland in this beautiful Alps country. There are 4 official languages in Switzerland: German, French, Italian and Romansh. Isn’t that fascinating?
Ok, let us plan your dream trip in Switzerland which would include some big cities, some history of Switzerland, Swiss lakes, Swiss waterfalls and most important: mountains mountains mountains 🙂
Here you will find an easy to follow 2 day Switzerland itinerary there you will get to see some of the biggest cities of Switzerland, but as well some beautiful pristine Alps nature in just 48 hours.
Here I will discuss the best way to travel in Switzerland and what is better: train or car? Possible costs of your stay, what to see, what not to miss and many other details about this trip.
One note, if you more time than 2 days, I have prepared a two days itinerary here: 3 days Switzerland itinerary.
And as well many day trips from the biggest Swiss airport cities:
There is something for everyone and each situation.
How to travel in Switzerland
Once you land in Zürich (if you land in Geneva or Basel, you can easily follow this trip as well), you have to make a decision: rent a car OR take a train.
My advice is: if you are not alone and you are 2 or more people, renting a car will be a cheaper solution and you will be much more flexible.
Why train is better? You just sit and enjoy the views while travelling through this beautiful country, especially in the mountains you will want to make hundreds of pictures. But it costs more.
Let’s break it down.
Train prices: if you travel in Switzerland, you must get a Swiss pass. Do not travel just by buying a ticket after ticket in Switzerland. Swiss pass is a train ticket for a particular time period. As well with this pass you will get some free museum entrances, public transport in quite many cities and some more additional discounts. You can have a look at all their perks here: Swiss pass.
Unfortunately, the cheapest one is for 3 days and costs 232 CHF.
Now the car: to rent a car in the airport for two days can cost from 150 CHF (plus insurance) up to few hundred swiss francs (but that is for more luxury or very big cars). So a pretty decent car with insurance you can get for 200 CHF for two days.
The trip I have prepared for you is 346 kilometers. So if a car is not very thirsty, you will need around 21 liters of diesel.
That would cost you around 36 CHF. Do not forget to fill the tank in a city, not on the highway – there diesel or petrol is much more expensive.
Oh, and I must mention, that in some cities you will have to pay the parking fee (do not even waist time looking for free parking in big cities), so that can could come up to MAX 15-20 CHF for two days.
So as you see, renting a car can cost you just about 250 CHF as just one Swiss pass is 232 CHF. So if you are at least 2 persons, it is much cheaper to rent a car.
2 days travel map in Switzerland
First of all, let us have a look at our travel map below
- We begin our trip in Zürich, spend couple of hours there.
2. Then we go to Bern. The capital of Switzerland. Yes the capital of Switzerland is not Zürich 🙂
3.Then we go straight to the Alps, time for mountains. We go to Grindelwald. Make a small hike or even use the train to go the mountains.
4. We spend a night in Grindelwald.
5. On the second day, time for more Swiss Alps beauty: Lauterbrunnen.
6. After Lauterbrunnen we go to Lucerne. It is a beautiful city next to the crystal clear lake.
7. After having a dinner in Lucerne, we go back to Zürich.
First day in Switzerland
So what is on the first day on your 2 day Switzerland itinerary?
First day afternoon in Bern
Bern – Grindelwald
Second day in your 2 day Switzerland itinerary
Lauterbrunnen – Lucerne
Lucerne – Zürich
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