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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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Hello everybody. I dont have so much experience with swiss public transport system but from little experience i can say that yes it is reliable like most in european cities but remarkably expensive. I paid 160 CHF for a return ticket from basel to lausanne. I mean maybe on swiss salaries it is not as expensive but for sure to a tourist i believe prices are a bit crazy.

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Hello everybody. I dont have so much experience with swiss public transport system but from little experience i can say that yes it is reliable like most in european cities but remarkably expensive. I paid 160 CHF for a return ticket from basel to lausanne. I mean maybe on swiss salaries it is not as expensive but for sure to a tourist i believe prices are a bit crazy.
Odd,

If you go to SBB Fahrplan then there is no such price, neither 1st (Fr.208.-) or 2nd class (Fr.122.-) this without halbtax.
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Odd,

If you go to SBB Fahrplan then there is no such price, neither 1st (Fr.208.-) or 2nd class (Fr.122.-) this without halbtax.
Maybe if you go one way 2nd class, then feel like being a bit posh coming back...
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Re: Using the Swiss Public Transport

Sorry yes you are kind of correct now i also see the tickets, the trip was from basel airport to lausanne second class -136CHF.
Yet i still do consider, for a distance of 195km that the price is very very expensive.
For example in the netherlands a similar distance without a card, would be 46 euros return (groningen-amsterdam, www.ns.nl)..and 17 euros in greece (thessaloniki-volos, www.ose.gr) and in order to factor those salary wise, my disposable salary will be 2300-2500CHF in switzerland, and was 1200 euros in the NL and 900euros in greece (after substracting accomodaton in similar housing)... thus if we factor everything both in absolute and/or relative values sbb is quite expensive.

To the last comment...i dont think you can be posh on a train...even first class, it is a quite basic means of transport..a mercedes S-class, jaguar..maybe helicopter..this would be posh (at least for me)




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If you go to SBB Fahrplan then there is no such price, neither 1st (Fr.208.-) or 2nd class (Fr.122.-) this without halbtax.
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Sorry yes you are kind of correct now i also see the tickets, the trip was from basel airport to lausanne second class -136CHF.
Yet i still do consider, for a distance of 195km that the price is very very expensive.
For example in the netherlands a similar distance without a card, would be 46 euros return (groningen-amsterdam, www.ns.nl)..and 17 euros in greece (thessaloniki-volos, www.ose.gr) and in order to factor those salary wise, my disposable salary will be 2300-2500CHF in switzerland, and was 1200 euros in the NL and 900euros in greece (after substracting accomodaton in similar housing)... thus if we factor everything both in absolute and/or relative values sbb is quite expensive.

To the last comment...i dont think you can be posh on a train...even first class, it is a quite basic means of transport..a mercedes S-class, jaguar..maybe helicopter..this would be posh (at least for me)
You obviously never used the train in Britain.

If you travel regularly by train and tram a Halbtax card may be a worthwhile investment...
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Re: Using the Swiss Public Transport

Yes for sure I try to find and get informed about cards that i could use for cheap public transport. Besides public transport is my only choice!! (apart from distances that can be covered by bike when weather allows! ) I am moving to Lausanne in a few weeks so try to get to know how daily things ''work'' in switzerland!

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If you travel regularly by train and tram a Halbtax card may be a worthwhile investment...
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To the last comment...i dont think you can be posh on a train...even first class, it is a quite basic means of transport..a mercedes S-class, jaguar..maybe helicopter..this would be posh (at least for me)
I think you're confusing posh with celebrity chaviness.

Real posh people travel by bicycle:

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He is quite exceptional but yet again, when he travels distances more than >30 km...is he still using his bike?

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Re: The Swiss Public Transport System

Dear all,

I'm traveling to GVA from Zurich on Monday and get back to Zurich on Friday. what would be the cheapest ticket (for a year)?
There are many kind of tickets which can cover the route but I'm looking for the cheapest one.

Any clue from someone who did it already?

Thanks a lot!
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I don't know the cheapest...but why not just get a second class GA. You can also use it on other modes of transport like trams, buses etc.

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Dear all,

I'm traveling to GVA from Zurich on Monday and get back to Zurich on Friday. what would be the cheapest ticket (for a year)?
There are many kind of tickets which can cover the route but I'm looking for the cheapest one.

Any clue from someone who did it already?

Thanks a lot!
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Re: The Swiss Public Transport System

Depends on how many weeks you are traveling between these 2 cities i wound recommend a GA as well or (Year has 52 weeks, but you can deduct 5 weeks for your holidays and a few unknown for business trips etc.)
A standard trip from Zurich to GVA and return with 1/2 Tax Card will cost 88.20 sfr , so if you are travelling 46 weeks the total will be around 4057.20 sfr.
The GA costs 3550 sfr per year , so you will save around 500 sfr and can make
trips around the whole switzerland as well in your free time.
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I have a question about the on-board bus ticket machine. I travel from Saint Genis to Val Thoiry (in zone 86) and back about once per week and I am unsure about which option to select on the machine.
I have attached a picture of a typical ticket machine and it is pretty clear that the correct button is the purple one in the left hand column, third from the top. On the bus however, this button isn't labelled at all and doesn't respond when pressed. I usually just press a random button and pay 3.50CHF. Can anybody help please?
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I have a question about the on-board bus ticket machine.
Did you ask the driver about it ?
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Did you ask the driver about it ?
I asked the driver and he said choose short journey but it is not a short journey, it takes over 30 mins! I think he was telling fibs
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always listen to what the driver says.
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always listen to what the driver says.
The driver was fobbing me off for sure. There's no way you can travel for over 30 minutes for 1.40CHF. Also, he said the same to a lady who was going from Val Thoiry to Fearney Voltaire and that is the full bus route?!
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I have a question, which may be a stupid question and may have already been answered elsewhere, I need to go from Zug to Tuffenwies and then to the airport and back to Zug. Can I buy a Z pass day pass just for the three zones I need (121 110 and 610) or does it need to cover every zone I will pass through?

I've already sussed out that 110 counts as two zones...

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I have a question, which may be a stupid question and may have already been answered elsewhere, I need to go from Zug to Tuffenwies and then to the airport and back to Zug. Can I buy a Z pass day pass just for the three zones I need (121 110 and 610) or does it need to cover every zone I will pass through?

I've already sussed out that 110 counts as two zones...

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I needs to cover the zones you pass through
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Thank you... I thought that would be the case...
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