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Train tickets in Switzerland

Overview

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Switzerland is world-renowned for its unparalleled natural beauty and diverse cultures. And, thanks to its striking scenery, punctual rail service and smart timetabling, exploring Switzerland by train is nothing short of exquisite.

The main national rail operator in Switzerland is the state-run Swiss Federal Railways (abbreviated to CFF, SBB and FFS in French, German and Italian respectively).

When planning to visit Switzerland by train, it is worth noting that it enjoys excellent international links, with cross-border trains serving one or more of the country's three main rail hubs - Basel, Zurich and Geneva. All three have direct TGV trains to Paris, ICE trains to a clutch of German cities and Eurocity trains to a range of destinations in northern Italy.

Zurich has particularly good connections with Austria, with trains leaving every two hours for both Salzburg and Vienna. There is also an excellent daily direct train between Zurich and Bratislava in Slovakia. Geneva has very good links into the French TGV network, with direct daytime trains to the Rhône Valley and Paris, while Zurich has a wide choice of night train departures, with services leaving every evening for Berlin, Budapest, Graz, Györ, Hamburg, Ljubljana, Potsdam, Prague, Vienna, Villach and Zagreb.

One of the best things to do in Switzerland is to book a trip on the panoramic Bernina Express route from Chur and St Moritz to Tirano in Italy. Other classics include the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St Moritz and the GoldenPass route from Lucerne to Montreux via Interlaken. In late 2020, Sudostbahn (which runs the Voralpen Express) will launch the new Treno Gottardo from Basel to Locarno via Lucerne.

Trains in Switzerland

What trains can you travel with in Switzerland?

  • Railjet
  • TGV
  • ICE
  • Bernina Express
  • Golden Pass
  • Glacier Express
  • Eurocity
  • InterRegio
  • Intercity (IC)
  • Nightjet
  • Regional Express
  • Regional trains
  • TER trains
  • Airport train stations

    Airport train stations in Switzerland

    Switzerland's four main airports are in Zurich, Geneva, Bern and Basel, all of which are easily connected by train. Getting from Zurich and Geneva airports to their respective city centres by train is particularly easy, as both airports have their own train stations.

    You can buy tickets from Zurich and Geneva airports to their city centres on our website, though it is worth knowing that if arriving into Geneva airport, you can claim a free Unireso public transport ticket for 80 mins from its issue time for public transport within the central Geneva area. There is a bus to the main train stations from Bern and Basel airports, which you can buy locally.

    See our detailed airport guides

  • Zürich Flughafen Airport
  • Child and youth passengers

    The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

    Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

    Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.