Budget hotels are pretty rare in Valais, with just a couple of truly inexpensive hotels within easy reach of the main attractions in the region. While Switzerland caters more for the less budget-conscious traveller, the dedication to high-quality customer service tends to be across the board. So the one-star accommodation options you do find are likely to be clean, comfy and friendly places to stay. Plus, no matter which budget Valais hotel you stay in, you’ll be able to make the most of the same five-star views as everyone else.
Free Ways to Explore Valais
The great thing about staying in Valais is that one of the most popular, most visited and most celebrated attractions of all – the landscape – is absolutely free. Once you’re here and you’ve found a Valais hotel to suit your budget, you could hike the hundreds of miles of trails or borrow a Valaisroule free of charge for four hours. Plot a cycle route to suit, maybe a small roundtrip in Champex or a vineyard trail from Martigny to Sion.
Valais on a Budget
To get the most up-to-date info on all the free and cheap things to do in Valais, pop into a tourist information centre, either at the airport when you arrive or in one of the larger resorts. Another aspect to Valais life that makes getting around more affordable is that the public transport system is well-developed and often more straight-forward than travelling around on the steep and winding roads.
Wherever you stay in Valais, it’s worth asking at your hotel about any visitor cards and discounts on offer. You may find that you can get a good chunk of money off entry to museums, vineyards, sports activities and transport. It’s also worth keeping an eye out for tastings and affordable local delicacies like cheese, honey and bread, so you can get a taste of the region’s traditions without breaking the bank before heading back to your one-star accommodation in Valais.