The Swiss public transport network includes 29,000 kilometres of rail, boat, and bus routes, which can take you to every corner of the country, from five-house villages high in the Alps to your hotel on the other side of the city. And it’s all timed to ensure your journeys run as seamlessly as possible, with regular departures that leave on the minute and are next to never tardy.
The system is not only designed to take you quickly and easily from A to B. Its boats provide the best way to explore Switzerland’s lakes, and scenic trains such as the Glacier Express, which runs from Zermatt to St. Moritz, offer comfortable front-row seats to some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the country.
The system is designed for cyclists too. Most trains have special compartments with hooks for you to hang your bike. Buy a bicycle ticket, and you can bring it on board, although you may have to reserve a place ahead during peak times. This can be done on the sbb.ch website or via their mobile app. The buses in Switzerland are bicycle-friendly as well, as most of them are outfitted with racks or trailers to take your bike to your next destination.
For a more in-depth look at the Swiss Travel System, including a stunning catalogue of images, head on over to CyclingTips for the full article.
Imagery courtesy of Tim Bardsley-Smith. Video Courtesy of My Media Sydney