Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein Half-Day Tour from Zurich

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Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein Half Day Tour from Zurich

From USD 85.54

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 5 hours 15 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Journey from Zurich to see the Rhine Falls and historical Stein am Rhein on this half-day sightseeing trip by air-conditioned coach. Travel northward through vine-coated hills to the Swiss-German border. Visit Laufen Castle to see the falls, and if you’re here in summer, take an optional boat ride for an up-close look at the cascades. Continue to Stein am Rhein and enjoy a walking tour through the Old Town, passing the fresco-covered houses and other medieval landmarks.
  • Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein sightseeing trip from Zurich
  • Choose to take an optional boat ride (subject to availability) up to the waters
  • Take a walking tour of Stein am Rhein village, known for its mural-coated medieval houses

What's Included

  • Fully guided tour by professional multilingual guide
  • Transportation in comfortable coach with AC
  • Guided village walk in Stein am Rhein
  • Visit of Rhine Falls, Laufen Castle, Historama
  • Carbon-balanced operations certified by myclimate
  • Food and drinks
  • Optional boat ride
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Best of Switzerland Tours AG
    Sihlquai Coach Parking, Limmatstrasse 4, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

    The official departure point for all tours departing from Zürich is Sihlquai Coach Terminal, close to Zurich’s main train station (Zürich HB). Please check in at least 15 minutes prior to departure at the white ticket office marked with “Best of Switzerland Tours” or “City Tours & Excursions”.

Start time

01:15 pm

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Zurich (Pass By)

Rhine Falls

1 hour 10 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Stein am Rhein

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Zurich (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Optional boat ride: CHF 10 per adult / CHF 5 per child (subject to availability, to be paid on site)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • The boat ride is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility and strollers
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveller Tips

Public transit is the least expensive way to get to the bus terminal.
Highly recommended - both Rhine Falls and Stein-am-Rhein are undoubtedly worth seeing!
Highly recommend a trip to see the Rhine Falls and in particular taking the optional boat cruise which takes you close to the falls.


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Good time
Samantha_K, Sept 2023
We loved this half day trip!! It didn’t eat up the whole day which was nice. We still had the morning and then a nice dinner afterwards. We really enjoyed the Rhine Falls! They were truly spectacular. We had to pay our tour guide an additional €11 per person to ride the boat but it was well worth it! Views were great!! We had good weather so we just felt some mist when we got close to the falls. Then it was only a 30 min bus ride further to Stein am Rhein afterwards. This city had all the charm!! It was a small enough city to walk around for an hour. We had a glass of wine and gelato as we walked through the town square. This was one of my favorite trips! We highly recommend it!
Nice afternoon
Andrew_L, Sept 2023
Falls and Village visit makes a memorable afternoon. Well organised tour and pace was fine. Whilst it was meant to be English speaking, unfortunately a group from Spain requested translation in Spanish. Great effort by the guide, but unfortunately does reduce commentary time.
Alexandra was an excellent guide. Knowable and informative.
Larry_L, Sept 2023
The most Unmemorable part was this survey. I told you what I wanted to tell you and you keep pressing for more!
Recommend taking optional...
Zoya_B, Sept 2023
Recommend taking optional boat tour, view of the falls from the boat is very good. Good amount of time given in Stein am Rhein to look around.
William_W, Sept 2023
Great tour … great guide that was very knowledgeable…. don’t miss the falls and pay the extra 10 for the amazing boat ride ….
Overall it was a fun trip.
Mukund_P, Sept 2023
The boat ride to Rheine Falls. The guide was very knowledgeable and spells well. Wish he used microphone or provided hearing machine, as it was hard to hear him in the public places. Not happy that we could not pay for the boat ride by credit card as we had to borrow cash (as we were short by 2:50 CHF) from the fellow passenger.
Lots of fun!
Laura_H, Sept 2023
Falls were excellent. Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining! The coach was very comfortable.
Great tour
Nhora_M, Sept 2023
Great tour! Guide was very knowledgeable and willing to answer questions. You better be in time, they run on a very punctual schedule. Beautiful views!
Well organized
KarenMayLing_T, Sept 2023
All good. Organization was well coordinated. We had a great day - sun was scorching so please keep cool with shades and hats.
Great half day excursion.
Dennis_F, Sept 2023
The entire tour was wonderful. Our guide Bruno was great. He had both basic, but also more detailed information about the falls, about Stein, and the places as long the way.
Great tours of the...
Brian_M, Sept 2023
Great tours of the Rhinefalls and of Steim-am-RheinTour. The guide was friendly and very knowledgeable.
Laura_K, Sept 2023
BEWARE: during the falls trip the tour guide will try to get you to pay an extra 10 CHF (cash only) for the boat ride. I didn’t have cash, but I walked down to the pier I was able to buy the same boat ticket (using a credit card) for only 8 CHF.
Response from Host, Sept 2023
Dear Laura, Thank you very much for participating in our Rhine Falls & Stein am Rhein tour and for taking the time to write this feedback. It is true that the boat ride costs CHF 8 for individual guests. However, it is important to mention that the boat for this price departs from the other side of the falls. Thus, visitors need an extra boat to cross the river, which requires 15 minutes of additional time. We charter a boat exclusively for our group where the boat ride directly departs from our dock. While the public boat may have a slightly lower price, our offer adds great value to the tour as it ensures a seamless and efficient experience. This also allows our group sufficient time to enjoy the beautiful views from the viewing platforms after the boat ride. We hope that you still enjoyed the visit to the beautiful Rhine Falls and take beautiful memories from your stay in Switzerland. Best regards, Ambika from Best of Switzerland Tours
Incredible experience!
kerisalvisburg, Sept 2023
Fantastic tour!!! Exceeded our expectations and we’ve been on many tours. Our guide Thomas was wonderful and our driver Carlos did a great job navigating the tight roads. Would highly recommend!
The best
Edgardo_D, Sept 2023
It was awesome, especially Thomas the tour guide, he was very knowledgeable and had direct instructions.
Visit to Rhine Falls and Historical Town Stein am Rhein
trestianagozob, Sept 2023
We visited Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein. The falls were outstanding! We only regretted we were not offered the boat ride, under the explanation that we were not 20 willing or able people to go as group. You should change that rule, and maybe just add a couple of francs to that optional ride. The historical Stein am Rhein is one of the most beautiful and well preserved towns I ever seen. We also had the most accomplished tour guide Monika, friendly, bright, knowledgeable, soft voiced and excellent English.
Such a waste of time, just take the train. Not a tour so much as expensive bus transfer
Andy_C, Aug 2023
This was such a disappointment and was a complete waste of time and money. There's a train station at the falls and I really wish we'd just done that. The stop at the falls only just left enough time to walk quickly to the other side to see the falls from across the water and the guide just dropped us at the entry and said see you in an hour and a half. The stop at Stein am Rhein was a bit pointless, the tour guide was incredibly softly spoken and would start telling the group things when half the large group (?50) was still walking to join, this meant you missed chunks of it. However as all she was saying was things like 'look at these windows' or 'the manhole covers have dragons on them' both of which anyone could notice just by walking past. The only thing she said of any interest was the story behind the wall art of the baker boy, though I had to get this from my partner as I couldn't hear what she was saying. It was the least 'toury' tour I've done and was a hugely disappointing way to spend our last day in Switzerland.
Response from Host, Sept 2023
Dear Andy_C, Thank you very much for participating in our Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein tour and for taking the time to write this feedback. We are very sorry to hear that our tour did not live up to your expectations. Like any destination in Switzerland, the Rhine Falls and the town of Stein am Rhein can be visited individually. Nevertheless, many guests appreciate our tour as a convenient and hassle-free way to get there. Additionally, the historical information and personal anecdotes shared by our tour guides are the main reasons why our guests opt to join our fully guided tours. We place a strong emphasis on the training of our guides to ensure they can provide the comprehensive and insightful experience we strive for and are truly sorry to hear that this fell short on this occasion. We have already forwarded this feedback to your tour guide to avoid similar incidents in the future. While we fully understand that you would like to spend more time admiring the falls, we have to adhere to our scheduled return time at around 18:30h to the meeting point. Sticking to the timings allows us to stop in the charming town of Stein am Rhein. Upon arrival at the Falls, the guide accompanies the group to the entrance of the viewing platforms and provides directions to the boat dock for those interested in the 15-minute boat ride. In total, our guests enjoy 1 ¼ hours at leisure to explore the area. Stein am Rhein is a small but beautiful village that we include in the itinerary to enrich the overall tour experience as it gives our guests the chance to visit a typical and well-conserved Swiss town. The colorful and intricate paintings in the buildings are a unique feature of this town and show historical events from medieval times. These paintings provide a wealth of stories to share with our guests. We would like to apologize on behalf of your tour guide if she didn’t wait for the whole group to arrive to start explaining and also if the information given fell short this time. We are very sorry to hear that your trip did not live up to your expectations and hope that you were still able to enjoy a great stay in Switzerland. Best regards, Magdalena from Best of Switzerland Tours
Excellent tour!
Lee_S, Aug 2023
Great tour offered by Marianne to the Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein. The coach was air conditioned perfectly and the tour was very well thought out. We really enjoyed both Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein. Marianne’s commentary on the tour was excellent, she did a great job doing the entire tour in English too (all passengers able to speak English). Furthermore the booking team are extremely helpful via email, I emailed a couple of times with some different questions prior to the tour and all responses were extremely quick and detailed. Absolutely would recommend booking with Best of Switzerland Tours!
Great half day trip
utsav_p, Aug 2023
Beautiful locations and great tour guide.this is ideal tour for first day of city .the food offerings of first restaurant by the entrance of stien am Rhein is really good.
Do the boat ride
Dorothy_S, Aug 2023
The boat ride was the best. Quite a few steps but well worth it. The boat goes right up to falls. Tour guide Monica was very good. Highly recommend
A great way to see the Swiss countryside
Kathryn_K, Aug 2023
A lovely half day trip with an informative guide. A very enjoyable way to see the Swiss countryside and the falls were worth seeing!

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