Traveling to India or USA via Switzerland? All You Need to Know about SWISS Airlines’ Free Stopover Program

Switzerland stopover is one of the best airline stopover programs for international travelers transiting in Europe. A free transit stopover lets you explore an additional international destination at a very little cost while traveling between USA and India. Cruising on Lake Zurich, riding on the Glacier Express, trekking in the Alps, visiting the Chocolate Museum, an excursion trip to Mount Rigi, going on an adventure spree in centra Switzerland and likes are the perks of Swiss International Airport’s Stopover Switzerland program available for up to four nights in Zurich, Geneva and other cities.

Free Switzerland stopover program, Swiss Airlines flights to India from USA, Visa for stopover in Switzerland


Having booked the best of flights with long connection time or multi-city flights by SWISS Airlines between USA and India on, you can avail of the Stopover Switzerland program. Swiss International Airlines’ stopover program consists of eight customized travel packages; each with 3 or 4-star hotel accommodation and a Swiss Travel Pass for unlimited free rides on Switzerland’s public transportation system. The stopover packages for international transit passengers of SWISS are available in two categories: single destination and multi destination.

If you opt for a single-destination package of the Stopover Switzerland program while booking your trip on SWISS Airlines flights from USA to Delhi, Mumbai, or Singapore, you can visit only one Swiss city to spend the stopover. The multi-destination Stopover Switzerland packages for transit passengers of SWISS flights from USA to Mumbai and New Delhi include a fixed itinerary, seamless transportation to different tourist places, luxury accommodation in three or four star hotels, and a list of things to do during the stopover.

Whatever single or multi-destination package you choose, it comes with a Swiss Travel Pass for hassle-free local transportation in first or second class. The pass allows unlimited rides by train, bus and boat in Swiss cities including Zurich and Geneva. Free entry to over 500 museums and a fair discount on mountain excursions in Switzerland come bundled with the pass available for consecutive 3 to 15 days. The pass also comes with useful tips on local tourist attractions and activities.

Interestingly, a Swiss Travel Pass can get you convenient rides on the most popular Glacier Express and Bernina Express for scenic journeys through valleys in the Swiss Alps. Advance seat reservation on these trains is recommended due to high demand by tourists the year round. Though the pass includes panoramic train rides in Switzerland, seat reservation is payable.

Visa requirement for a transit stopover in Switzerland

Do Indians need a visa for stopover in Switzerland? Yes, Indian passport holders need a regular Swiss Schengen visa to enter Switzerland and spend a stopover there. Even if you have a valid residence permit or visa issued by the US, Canada, Ireland, Japan, or a Schengen country, a stopover outside of Swiss airports requires you to have a regular Schengen visa.

I may plan for a Zurich City sightseeing tour during a long layover in my itinerary with SWISS Airlines. Do I need a Swiss visa to leave the airport transit area?

If you are an Indian passport holder, you must have a regular Swiss Schengen visa to leave the transit area of Zurich International Airport and tour Zurich City during a long layover.

What are the American destinations for SWISS airlines flights from India?

Swiss International Airlines operates flights to/from 7 major airports in the United States, including New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Chicago (ORD), Miami (MIA) and Boston Logan.

“SWISS Airlines’ stopover program seems the beginning of a greater time for international travelers transiting through Europe. It may push major European airlines to introduce similar stopover travel programs. With most of the Middle East airlines offering free stopover at their respective hubs in the Gulf region, many travelers from USA, India and other eligible countries prefer to fly via the Middle East. With European airlines jumping on to the bandwagon, travelers will have more choices to spend stopovers in a much better way,” opined Chief marketing officer of, a leading air ticketing agency in the US.

2 thoughts on “Traveling to India or USA via Switzerland? All You Need to Know about SWISS Airlines’ Free Stopover Program

  1. Amit

    Not sure why headlines says free if you still need to get visa. What is so different to stopover any city in world.


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