Jul 31, 2015 - 10:27 PM
in reply to brimsco
I travel a LOT on trains in Switzerland, even though I have a rental car for part of each trip. The trains are quite convenient for local transport as well as for longer distances. During any typical 2 week trip I will use 30 -50 segments (includes changes of train) plus frequent travel on city trams.
I am asked for my passport at least once per every two trips. Periodically there is a random check of all passengers in a car or on a train, as part of the ongoing survey process to understand travel patterns. If you look like you might not have the proper paperwork ( such as my 18 year old grandson who was with me on the last trip) you'll get extra attention.
It would be a mistake not to have your ID with you, since you are expected to have it as a rule of living in Switzerland.
Just keep it where it is hard to get.
You will not find on Swiss trains or Swiss station platforms hordes of beggars with babies, who might then throw the baby at you while their colleague picks your pocket. I'd be more careful in Italy and France.
How you feel about it is less important to the security officials in ANY country than is keeping you safe.