Domestic Transportation in Switzerland
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:
|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
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
Live Search Maps
- Find an Itinerary
- Traffic Conditions Online
- 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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