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Episode 84: How to use public transport in Switzerland

November 1, 2023 Last Updated on June 5, 2024

It’s probably safe to say that the majority of visitors to Switzerland use public transport at least once during their trip so this episode really is for everyone for who’s planning a Swiss vacation.

With the densest, and what is widely regarded as the best, public transport network in the world, getting around Switzerland by train, bus and boat makes perfect sense.

But if you’re not a regular public transport user, the idea of hopping on and off trains in a foreign country and understanding how the public transport system works can be a bit intimidating.

In this episode, Andy Nef joins me to share everything you need to know about travelling by public transport in Switzerland. 

Andy tells us about the different types of tickets you can buy and where to buy them, how to know where to sit when you board a train, where to look up timetables, tips for travelling on public transport with luggage and much more.

If you have any concerns about using the Swiss public transport network, they’ll be put to rest with this episode.

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Show Notes

In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • How to use Swiss public transport with a Swiss Travel Pass
  • Other types of tickets available and where to buy them
  • Where to sit onboard and when to show your ticket to the conductor
  • Where to find timetables for Swiss public transport
  • Taking luggage on Swiss trains
  • Lockers and luggage forwarding services
  • How to use buses and boats in Switzerland with a Swiss Travel Pass
  • Using cable cars and mountain railways

Our Guest

Andy Nef, Swiss Travel System

Andy Nef is a rail enthusiast who has spent more than 30 years working for rail companies in Switzerland.

He is Travel Switzerland’s Market Manager for the UK, South Korea, Australia, Japan and UAE.

Useful resources

You’ll find links below to articles about the various rail passes that Andy mentioned as well as other helpful guides about travelling by train in Switzerland.

>> 9 reasons to buy the Swiss Travel Pass

>> The ultimate guide to the Swiss Half Fare Card

>> Understanding and using the Swiss rail system

You can listen to some of the previous episodes of our podcast featuring Andy on the following links:

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Travelling by public transport is the perfect way to get around Switzerland. © Travel Switzerland

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This episode is sponsored by Switzerland Tourism

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