Why travel by train, bus and boat? Travelling by Swiss public transport is comfortable and convenient. It may seem complicated at first sight: buying tickets, changing transportation, finding connections, not forgetting the luggage or missing the right stop. But fortunately, all of this is wonderfully easy in Switzerland. Here are 5 reasons why Switzerland is best explored by train, bus and boat.
Panorama Travelling can be so beautiful.
Travelling can be so beautiful.
Switzerland’s numerous panoramic trains delight their guests with captivating scenery slowly passing by. From canyons with wildly plunging glacier water to high Alpine peaks with eternal snow, from pristine mountain valleys to Mediterranean lakes with palmlined shores: Travellers enjoy the views through high panoramic windows reaching far up to the ceiling.
Passengers probably wouldn’t be tempted to step off the train at all – if it weren’t for those mountain railways at almost every station, luring them to Alpine and pre-Alpine summits to savour spectacular vistas.
Convenience Travelling can be so comfortable.
Travelling can be so comfortable.
It’s almost like a home away from home! That’s how welcome and comfortable guests feel on Swiss trains. Generous compartments with comfortable seats in high-quality material offer ample space to stretch one’s legs. There’s enough room for large pieces of luggage. However, travellers don’t have to worry about that. On request, their luggage is transported from hotel to hotel. That leaves even more leisure for enjoying the delicious cuisine in the onboard restaurants offering specialities from all Swiss regions.
And that’s not only true on the train: The vessels on Swiss lakes provide the same all-around carefree service for a comfortable journey.
Accessibility Travelling can be so simple.
Travelling can be so simple.
From the airplane straight to the loftiest mountain peaks: Nowhere else is travelling by public transport as easy as in Switzerland. The route network of train, bus and boat comprises roughly 29,000 kilometres and reaches every travel destination.
When the train comes in, boat and postbus are already waiting. Regular interval timetables enable travellers to reach all main destinations in half-hour intervals. There are regular connections even at 3,000 metres above sea level. All means of transportation are perfectly synchronised and ensure smooth travelling throughout Switzerland. That also holds true for travels from and to the neighbouring countries Italy, Germany, France and Austria.
No wonder then that the Swiss are uncontested world record holders when it comes to using public transport.
Swissness Travelling can be so authentic.
Travelling can be so authentic.
Switzerland’s public transport network is every bit like its citizens: It stands for traditional values like reliability, quality and safety. That’s why the locals prefer to travel by train, bus and boat.
Here, they get comfortable, enjoy the scenery outside the window, drink a coffee and chat with friends – whether they are commuting or on vacation. On public means of transportation, one can see Switzerland as it truly is: through the eyes of its citizens.
Diversity Travelling can be so diverse.
Travelling can be so diverse.
The nostalgic funicular leisurely drives past peacefully grazing cows. Little later, the state-of-the-art CabriO cableway floats towards an almost 2,000 metres high summit. In Switzerland, one does not have to choose one or the other. Here, historic and modern means of transportation go hand in hand.
Also, public transport is not just about taking passengers from A to B. It also offers numerous adventure lines that turn the journey into its own reward. A ride on the Chocolate train, a dinner in the panoramic cabin of a cableway called the “restaurant in the sky”, or a family outing on the children’s train “Globi Express” create unforgettable memories for young and old.
The rich variety of public transport in Switzerland demonstrates what the locals have long known it actually is: innovative, traditional, eventful.