The line almost six kilometres long covers a bigger altitude difference than any other underground railway – 336 metres, with a maximum gradient of 12%. In the coming years, another line is planned from Blécherette via Palais de Beaulieu to Flon and onwards to a new terminus in the SBB railway station.
Once comprising two funicular railways known as “La Ficelle” (the string), then converted to cog railways and now run on solid rubber wheels much like the Paris Métro, the Lausanne city railway has an interesting history of development that began way back in 1877. The Ouchy-Flon funicular railway was the very first in Switzerland, while the parallel line from the Lausanne SBB station to Flon was the world's first cableway. The ropeway carriages were also once used to push ordinary rail freight wagons.
Métro in Lausanne’s SBB railway station, boat in Ouchy, bus connection to and from Epalinges-Croisettes
View: Over Ouchy and Lake Geneva as far as the French Savoyer and Vaud Alps
Attractions: Sitting up-front in the Métro, as if driving it yourself
Culinary aspects: Culinary highlights in Lausanne’s Old Town between the station and Flon
Overnight stays: In Lausanne’s city center and Ouchy am See
Winter: Year-round operations
Special comments: Planned extension project as far as Blécherette (M3)