24 September 2015 by Anna Staford
Staying in Switzerland is anything but cheap for foreign visitors. At the same time, this doesn’t mean you cannot see Switzerland if you prefer travelling on a budget. There are always affordable options; you just have to know how to find them.
Swiss accommodation ranges from sophisticated 5 Star establishments to simple rooms with all that is necessary to have a good rest both before and after exploring the county.
There are several websites that can save you much time and money when you search for good budget hotels. HotelsCombined look through more than one hundred online booking engines selecting the best prices for you. The Swiss Travel Centre (STC) offers over two thousands star rated hotels listed by Swiss Hotel Associations with detailed description. RolliHotel enlists hotels with wheelchair accessibility. Hotelcard will be useful for frequent Switzerland visitors. It provides a half-price subscription for hotels. Buy a card which is valid during one year, two or three years and save every time you’re in Switzerland.
If you enjoy communicating to other foreigners or travel with friends and don’t mind staying in one big room consider looking for a hostel. HostelWorld lists all Swiss hostels plus budget hotels and several Bed & Breakfast accommodations. By the way, if you look specifically for the latter, visit Bed and Breakfast website that have its own rating system evaluating the accommodation facilities and food quality.
If you want a bit more than just spending the nights in a comfortable room, consider accommodation rented out by people who have spare room and offer it for foreigners. Sharing facilities with the host, you feel like a guest having a great chance to ask for true advice as to what to see or where to eat. You’ll see how Swiss live, what they do and how they see their city. Of course, you’ll be expected to cook your own food but sometimes travellers make friends with their Swiss hosts sharing meals and spending leisure time together. Airbnb offers such kind of lodgings and accommodations. Couchsurfing is another network where you can get to know your future host, communicate and see your room.
This option suits travellers who will be staying in one place for about a week and especially the ones travelling with a family or friends. Interhome lists over three thousands of apartments, houses and chalets. Home Away is another service listing up to two thousands of holiday apartments.
Most campsites are a bit outside cities and villages. If you plan to rent a car such option would be perfect for daytime sightseeing and peaceful night sleep in the fresh air. During the summer season, booking is recommended to be done in advance.
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