Switzerland Railway Information


The national railway company in Switzerland is Schweizerische Bundesbahnen (SBB), or Chemins de Fer Fédéraux (CFF) in French and Ferrovie Federali Svizzere (FFS) in Italian.

Private railway companies in Switzerland: 

There are also a lot of private railway companies which operate in Switzerland. Some of these companies are included in your InterRail pass while other companies offer discounted travel.

These companies are:

  • BLS AG
  • FART Ferrovie Autolinee Regionali Ticinesi
  • MOB Montreux Oberland Bernois
  • RhB Rhätische Bahn AG
  • SOB Südostbahn
  • SSIF Società Subalpina di Imprese Ferroviarie
  • THURBO AG
  • Voralpen-Express
  • ZB Zentralbahn AG

Train Service:

There are several types of train that will take you to your destination. On Swiss trains the journey itself is often a main goal in itself.

The different types of train services available in Switzerland are:

  • Intercity-Neigezug (ICN, high-speed trains)
  • Intercity-Express (ICE)
  • Intercity (IC)
  • InterRegio (IR)
  • RegioExpress (RE)
  • Regio
  • S-Bahn/RER (commuter trains)

Domestic connections:

  • Domestic trains: These trains depart every 30 or 60 minutes and take passengers to all Swiss cities.
  • Regional trains: There carry you to lovely little villages in maximum comfort.

International train connections:

International high-speed trains in Switzerland:

These high-speed trains operate to and from Switzerland:

  • ICE: Connects Switzerland to Germany and the Netherlands.
  • RailJet: Connects Zurich with Vienna (Austria).
  • EuroCity: Connects Zurich, Basel and Geneva to Milan (Italy).
  • TGV: Connects Zurich, Basel and Geneva to Paris (France)

Facilities and services on trains

Beverages and snacks:

Inercity and ICN network trains: There are restaurants on these trains in Switzerland and on the international routes to Germany and Austria.

Inercity trains: These trains also have Air-conditioning, dining cars, mini-bars and children's playroom cars.

Bistro services: There is also a bistro or trolley service in some trains.

Bikes on trains

Bikes are allowed on most trains free of charge if there is enough room (most likely outside peak hours). Some trains have indications in the timetable that no bikes are allowed or that a fee applies.

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