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The Swiss Public Transport System

Swiss Trains and Buses

The Swiss Railway Network Home Page in English – SBB, CFF, FFS
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IMPORTANT - There are quite a few place names in Switzerland which occur more than once. Check on this map that you are looking up the transport facilities for the right one!

Swiss Transport Network - Site Map in English – If you have questions, look here first.

There are many links on this single page
Everything from the opening hours of an individual railway station to details of rules regarding taking ones bike on the train.


Travelcards and Railpasses - find the best one for your requirements here.

Municipal Day Card - Tageskarte Gemeinde / Carte journalière commune / Carta giornaliera per i comuni
The Day Cards are offered by many parishes in Switzerland. They are bought en bloc from the SBB, 365 in each set i.e. one for each day of the year. The prices they are sold for vary; the rulings under which they are given out vary. Some towns will post one which has been ordered to the client, most have to be collected. Some parishes allow people from other municipalities to buy them; others only sell them to their own residents. You will have to check locally to get the relevant information.
This Swiss Day Passes Site gives a list of towns showing the availability and rulings.
Searching for the Homepage of ones town of residence (try www.name of town.ch) will often show the office where they can be purchased.
Vielen Dank für Ihre Anfrage. (N° CC5635802)

[Die Tageskarte Gemeinde hat die gleiche Geltungsdauer wie eine normale Tageskarte zum Halbtax. Beide Tageskarten sind gültig bis um 05.00 des Folgetages.
Schweizerische Bundesbahnen SBB SBB Contact Center Postfach - 3900 Brig, Schweiz Rail Service: +41 (0)900 300 300 (CHF 1.19/Min. vom Schweizer Festnetz) contactcenter@sbb.ch - http://www.sbb.ch]

Validity - Both Half-Tax Daycard and the Minicipal Daycard are valid until 5 a.m. the following day.



Regional Transport - Verkehrsverbünde, Communautés tarifaires et de trafic, Comunità tariffarie e di trasporto
Switzerland has about 20 Regional Fare Networks. Trains which have an ‘eye’ Non them are ‘self-control’ routes and no tickets are sold on the train.
When looking for accommodation and considering commuting, it is a good idea to check these areas. They make buying tickets a much simpler task when one has checked out the possibilities

The dangers of getting onto the train or bus without a valid ticket - new Rulings from December 2011.


New Rule explained.


The official SBB site says this.


Night Surcharge - another pitfall for the unwary - the buses and trains with a large ‘N’ beside the service number. It is irrelevant that the original ticket was bought at a time when the surcharge was already due – it is still not valid by itself.


The Rhaetian Railway - Die Rhaetische Bahn - Glacier Express, Bernina Express - Scenic Travel at its best.

Boat Services on the Swiss Lakes
Regular services on
Lake Geneva – (Genfersee, Lac Leman)
Lake Constance – (Bodensee)
Lac de Bienne – (Bielersee)
Lac de NeuchatelDetails in English
Lac de Neuchâtel – Bielersee -Murtensee
Murtensee – (Lac de Morat)
Lake Lucerne - Vierwaldstättersee
Lake Zürich
Lake Hallwil - Hallwilersee
Lake Thun and Lake Brienz – (Thunersee + Brienzersee)
Lake Zug – Zugersee
Lago Maggiore – Langensee
Lago di Lugano - Lake Lugano (in English)


Cabin-cars, Funiculars, Aerial Cableways etc.
Alternatives Wandern - Aerial Cablecars
This is a fantastic site with not only the ‘normal’ list of cable cars, but some lesser known ones.
There is also a list of mountains lakes, sorted by Canton, with their Swiss Coordinates and links to the Web Sites. It would be well worth spending a whole evening going through this Site.
Although many pages are in English, for some you may need Google Translations

If you have an aversion to cable-cars, this post gives a list of mountains which can be reached by Mountain Railways and Funiculars


Travel Passes for Visitors - this is a Thread on EF which gives a great deal of helpful info for members having visitors to decide on the best solution for their guests to travel around Switzerland within a limited time period. Things change very quickly though so check prices etc. for validity unless they link to the official sites.
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