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Swiss timetable

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This site is without a doubt the best site I have ever experienced for travel anywhere in the world.

Must knows about the Swiss timetable

  • The advanced timetable includes all modes of transportation, not just trains;
  • It shows ticket prices too. A rail pass often saves you money;
  • Apart from rail stations, you can also enter addresses in the "from" and "to" fields;
  • Use the basic timetable for a quick search for trains between major towns.

The departure board of the main train station in Zurich.

Basic timetable - the quickest routes between major towns

Timetable

Use this timetable for the quickest train routes between popular destinations. Some routes may not be available.

Trainline
From
To
Departure date
Example: 01/07/2018=July 1, 2018
Departure time
Example: 13:15=1:15 PM

Tip: you'll get a 50% discount on train tickets if you buy a Swiss Half Fare Card. After clicking the Search button, click "Edit search", go to "Choose your passengers", and select "CFF SBB - Halbtax" for each passenger who has a Swiss Half Fare Card or is planning to buy one.

Advanced timetable - all public transport, all routes

Must read - How to pay for your trips

The main options are:

  1. Buy normal tickets for all your trips. This is usually not the cheapest way to travel.

  2. Buy discounted tickets for all your trips, by getting a Swiss Half Fare Card.

  3. Do not buy tickets at all and travel as much as you like, by getting a Swiss Travel Pass.

For more passes and tickets, please see here.

How to find traveling times (advanced timetable)

Enter your departure location, the arrival location, the travel date (day.month.year) and travel time (24 hour format, so 5 PM is 17:00). You can optionally enter a "via location" if you prefer a specific route and not necessarily the quickest route. Click the button to find all travel options. The location name can be a train station, bus stop, boat dock, cable car station or street address.

The list of travel options presented by the timetable shows the departure time, how long the trip takes, and where you need to change. In many cases the timetable also shows the expected occupancy of trains. Click the plus icon of a travel option to see more details.

Use these names for airports:

Any train schedule can be found through the timetable, regardless whether it is operated by the SBB or another railway company.

How to find ticket prices (advanced timetable)

You can use the timetable to find the regular prices of tickets. That allows you to compare point to point tickets to pass prices. To see the price for a trip, click the red ticket button for your preferred travel option. Then select "no reduction", and mind the selection for single versus return journeys. You may see "from" prices being displayed along with the travel options. These are not the regular prices, so be sure to find the real price as explained.

Fill out tomorrow's date when looking for prices. Prices will be the same even if your trip is much later. Prices only change once per year.

For most visits to Switzerland buying a pass is cheaper than buying separate tickets for each trip. You can calculate whether that's true for your plans as well.

Sometimes prices will not be displayed, or for part of the route only. That mostly happens in case of mountain trips with cable cars, funiculars, etc. In such a case you can best visit the website of the transport company for that route to find prices there. Links can be found on each of our attraction pages.

Further options (advanced timetable)

The timetable will show you the quickest way to get from point A to B. Click "Change" and "Advanced search" link to refine your search. It allows you to find connections via a preferred mode of transport (e.g. just boats, no trains). It also allows you to enter more via-stations, which forces the timetable to display particular routes only (e.g. a scenic route instead of the quickest route).

Seat reservations

Most trains do not require a seat reservation. Exceptions can be found in the timetable. Such trains are marked as 'Reservation compulsory' (you have to book a seat) or 'Reservation possible' (you can book a seat, but it's not required).

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