Domestic Transportation in Switzerland

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Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Switzerland has a very efficient and modern urban public transport system. There are tramways and light rail services in Basel, Bern, Geneva, Neuchâtel and Zürich. These and a further dozen cities also have trolleybuses.

Fare systems are generally automated with machines issuing single or multiple tickets at the roadside. There is a day ticket for travel in one or more Swiss cities on any given day at a standard fare.

Taxis are widely available and drivers expect a 15% tip.

Maps of Urban Networks
UT Library on line
Urban Transport Agencies
Federal Office of Transport
Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication
Find an Itinerary
LITRA (Public Transport Information Service)(in German & French)
SBB (Swiss Federal Railways, Schweizerishe Bundesbahnen)
PBS (Pro Bahn Schweiz)(in German)
Taxi Companies
Info Taxi - Switzerland

Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Basel (BSL) 9 km / 6 miles EUR 28-32 / 15 min Available - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Domestic air travel is fast but expensive. Most people prefer to travel by train or road.  


Rail transport is well developed across the country. The Swiss railway company Schweizerische Bundesbahnen(SBB) and many other rail operators  provide excellent services. Use of the SwissPass(Visit: Swiss Travel System website is a superb way to view the scenery.

The condition of roads is generally good. Postal motor  coaches provide bus services even the remotest villages. However under the integrated national transport policy, few long-distance coaches are allowed to operate.

Rail Companies
Swiss Federal Railways


Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Swiss InterNational Airlines Major Yes Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


Traveling By Yourself

The car registration sticker is compulsory in order to use Swiss highways. It is available at border posts, post offices, police stations. It is imperative to use snow tyres as soon as the weather requires it. In the event of an accident, call the police. The car insurance is compulsory. It is better to subscribe a good insurance policy since car repairs are very expensive.
Driver's License
An international driving license is not required. A national driving license is sufficient for driving in the country.
Conditions For Renting a Vehicle
Minimum age is 18. An international driving license is valid.
Rental Agencies
Auto Europe
Car rentals airport
Tolls or Taxes
An annual road tax (vignette) is levied on all cars and motorbikes using Swiss motorways. An additional fee applies to trailers and caravans.
Road Maps
ViaMichelin maps
Live Search Maps
Find an Itinerary
Via Michelin
Traffic Conditions Online
Webcam traffic
Parking Facilities
In most cities, there are a lot of parking spaces, but they always seem taken. The best solution is to look for underground car parking spaces. In large centers like Geneva, there are signs indicating these car parks, often giving the number of available spaces.

Rules of the Road

Minimum Driving Age
18 years
Side of the Road For Driving
Right-hand traffic
Speed Limits
Speed limits are 80kph (50mph) on country lanes; max 120kph (75mph), min 60kph (37mph) on motorways; and 50kph (31mph) in towns.
Safety Belts
Seat belts are obligatory and children under 12 years need to travel in the back of the car.
Permitted Amount of Alcohol in the Blood
50 mg per 100 ml of blood
National Roads Organizations
Federal Roads Office (FEDRO)

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