Bernese Oberland, Ticino, Central Switzerland

Mountain pass routes in the Central Alps

Climb aboard, marvel at the views and enjoy the ride! Discover the Gotthard, Nufenen, Susten, Furka and Grimsel Passes on a PostBus journey through the Central Alps. Come and marvel at the enchanting natural beauty and spectacular views.

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A Postbus travels over a bridge with a view of a mountain range and a lower valley in the background.

The mountain pass routes

The mountain pass routes transport you over the four most impressive Alpine passes in Switzerland – past imposing glaciers, glittering mountain lakes, deep gorges and romantic villages.

Three- and four-pass routes

The three-pass routes start in the morning or afternoon in Meiringen, Andermatt or Airolo. They will transport you over either the Furka, the Grimsel and the Susten or the Gotthard, the Nufenen and the Furka.

The four-pass route begins in Meiringen in the morning and travels over the Grimsel, the Nufenen, the Gotthard and the Susten. You will climb an altitude of more than 10,366 metres and cross four cantonal borders.

On all the passes, you will have enough time to enjoy the fantastic views at your leisure. After all the mountain pass routes, you will return to the starting point of your journey with many wonderful memories.

Individual journeys

You can also visit individual mountain passes via the relevant mountain pass route. Along the way, you can alight at any stop and enjoy the hiking or biking trails as you wish.


A Postbus travels over the Grimsel Pass.

Around the Grimsel Pass

Even the journey to reach the Grimsel Pass has some sights in store for you: the legendary Reichenbach Falls, the roaring Aare GorgeTarget not accessible, the steep Gelmer Railway and of course the Grimsel DamTarget not accessible, with the inviting Grimsel Hospiz. Once you reach the top of the pass, you can enjoy a unique view over Lake Grimsel.

A Postbus travels over the Gotthard Pass.

Around the Gotthard Pass

The impressive mountain road takes you up to the Gotthard Pass, also known as the “King of Mountain Passes”. A special highlight is the TremolaTarget not accessible, the old Gotthard Pass road. It is the longest monument to road construction in Switzerland. But the Gotthard HospizTarget not accessible, the Gotthard National Museum and the historic Gotthard fortress Sasso San GottardoTarget not accessible, which was once top secret, are equally well worth a visit. The Gotthard region also offers hiking trails with outstanding views, such as a section of the Four Springs TrailTarget not accessible.

A Postbus travels over the Susten Pass.

Around the Susten Pass

On the way to the Susten Pass, you will drive through around 25 tunnels and cross approximately 25 bridges. The famous Devil’s Bridge takes you over the rugged Schöllenen GorgeTarget not accessible and the Suvorov monumentTarget not accessible. Other attractions include the Wassen Church, the Stein Glacier and the Tälli and Trift cable cars.

A Postbus travels over the Nufenen Pass.

Around the Nufenen Pass

The imposing mountain landscape of the Nufenen Pass is another perfect place to spend some time. At 2,478 metres above sea level, it is the highest Alpine crossing in Switzerland. From the top of the pass, you can enjoy fantastic views of the Bernese Alps and the Gries Glacier.

A Postbus travels over the Furka Pass.

Around the Furka Pass

An impressive experience is offered by the Rhône Glacier ice grottoTarget not accessible, which is carved into the glacier every year. And railway fans will get their money’s worth at the Furka Cogwheel Steam RailwayTarget not accessible, which offers a nostalgic ride through unspoilt parts of the Swiss Alps.

Travel information

The Central Alps mountain pass routes will run from 22 June to 6 October 2024.


TicketsTarget not accessible for the Central Alps mountain pass routes are available:

  • directly from the PostBus driver at the point of departure
  • at the PostBus sales outlet at Bern railway station (short-stay parking)
  • at all serviced public transport sales outlets
  • at railway station counters in Meiringen, Andermatt, Realp and Oberwald

Swiss Cycling Alpenbrevet on Saturday, 7 September 2024

Due to the annual Swiss Cycling Alpenbrevet, seat reservations cannot be made on Saturday, 7.9.2024. Lengthy delays are to be expected on all lines of the Central Alps passes. It will probably also not be possible to observe breaks according to the timetable. Thank you for your understanding.

Grimsel–Nufenen–Gotthard–Susten Pass route
Four-pass route from Meiringen

Gotthard–Nufenen–Furka Pass route
Three-pass route from Andermatt

Nufenen–Furka–Gotthard Pass route
Three-pass route from Airolo

Furka–Grimsel–Susten Pass route
Three-pass route from Andermatt

Susten–Furka–Grimsel Pass route
Three-pass route from Meiringen

2024 prices

Grimsel–Nufenen–Gotthard–Susten Pass
from Meiringen



Half Fare Travelcard, 6–16 years old


Gotthard–Nufenen–Furka Pass / Nufenen–Furka–Gotthard Pass
from Andermatt or Airolo



Half Fare Travelcard, 6–16 years old


Susten–Furka–Grimsel Pass
from Meiringen



Half Fare Travelcard, 6–16 years old


Furka–Grimsel–Susten Pass
from Andermatt



Half Fare Travelcard, 6–16 years old


The routes are free of charge with a GA Travelcard, 1-day travelpass or Swiss Travel Pass, for children up to the age of 6 or for children aged 6–16 with a Junior Card.

All prices in CHF, including VAT, subject to price changes.

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