Swiss Railway(Swiss Schweizerische Bundesbahnen)

Swiss Schweizerische Bundesbahnen

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Swiss Railway System

The train is the most important means of transport in Switzerland and in the neighbouring countries. The road network is quite dense, and the Swiss Federal Railways Corporation is called Swiss Federal Railways, referred to as SBB / CFF / FFS (de German/French/Italian). The iron covers the main trunk line, and the private private iron complements the branch line between the village and the mountain railway. The route of the same width of the rail line can be directly connected. Except for special sightseeing trains or mountaineering roads, ticketing mechanisms and ticket purchase methods are mostly joint ventures. There will be no problem when you multiply. The densely distributed rail network makes it easy to travel every corner of Switzerland.

 Although the development of the Swiss railway started relatively late, it began to develop in about 1847. In addition, it was difficult to develop the railway network because it was surrounded by mountains and mountains. However, with the superb railway industry technology and the perseverance of people, the Swiss authorities finally made Switzerland The most densely populated country in the global rail network has also become the European railway operation center. The "Eurail Pass" is jointly issued by Switzerland and other European countries.

 Since the same train will travel in each language zone, the abbreviation of German, French and Italian will be marked on the carriage. The car broadcast on the journey is also very interesting, for example, from Zurich to Geneva, the main language of the car broadcast. When I changed from German to French, I knew that I entered the French-speaking area.

 Traveling by train in Switzerland, in addition to not having to spend the spirit of driving and paying attention to the road conditions, saving time compared to the bus, being more weather-proof and easy to control the traffic itinerary, more importantly, the Swiss railways are mostly built on the terrain, and leisurely enjoy the postcards outside the window. It is the focus of railway travel that is so beautiful and beautiful.


In general, Swiss trains do not require special reservations, and it is easy to find seats even during commuting or travel seasons. Trains that accept reservations will be marked with "R" or "RR" on the timetable. The appointment time is between 2 days and 2 months.

If you have arrived in Switzerland, all train stations can be booked. However, in the train station of the big city, the service window for booking seats will be separated from the general ticket window. Take the Zurich Central Station as an example. To reserve a seat at the travel service counter next to the ticket office, you need to pick up the number plate and wait for the call number.

 Popular landscape trains require reservations throughout the year, such as the Golden Train, Glacier Express, Burlington Express, and William Tell Express.   Although you can use the Swiss Travel Pass for free to take the scenic train, you still have to pay the booking fee separately. The booking fee for each train varies according to the route, cabin and so on. If you travel to other countries (EC/TGV/ICE) by international train, you must first reserve a seat in order to avoid finding a seat after getting on the bus.


  • Confirm departure timetable and platform  Even if you have already checked the departure information on the website, you must re-confirm the departure time and the waiting platform at the station to avoid temporary changes in weather conditions or track maintenance. The large railway station has an electronic signboard and a bulletin-style timetable. The electronic billboard shows the instant message of the upcoming train. The bulletin-style timetable has the arrival and departure time of all the trains on the day, and the yellow is the departure timetable. , white is the arrival timetable.

  • Looking for a platform  There is no ticket gate at the Swiss railway station, and anyone can walk directly into the platform. Above the platform there will be train messages showing billboards, reconfirming the platform and destination. The train compartment is divided into A~D4 (solid area. If it arrives early, you can check the information on the billboard first, and confirm which area the first class, second class and dining car are in each area.) Go directly to the correct waiting area and avoid the train. When you are standing, you have to carry a large bag of luggage and rush to find the car.

  • Confirm trains and trains  When you see the train entering the station, you can get on the train without any tension. Sometimes the trains going to different destinations will hang together. When you drive to a certain station in the middle, they will be separated. If you do not check the information on the door again, you may be in the wrong car! The first door (1) and the general cabin (2) are marked on the door. If you purchase a first class ticket, you can choose the first class ordinary car, but if you buy a ticket for a regular car, you should pay attention to the wrong car. of.

  • Get on the bus

 Most trains do not need to be booked. As long as they are on the train stack, they can sit down. If there is someone next to them, remember that the polite questioning space is called to have someone sit. When taking an IC, landscape train or a multinational train, you will find that the electronic display panel above the seat has the name of the station, or the yellow person name ticket card - indicating that someone has booked.

  • Ticket inspection  After the train is running, the ticket inspector will start to check the ticket. If you use SwissPass, you may be required to show your passport at the same time. If you purchase the Swiss train flexible ticket, you must remember to fill in the date of use when you get on the bus, otherwise you may be fined! If you use a half price card to buy a ticket, please show both the ticket and the half price card.

  • Get off at the station

 There are four stations in Germany, France, Britain and Italy. If you are afraid of sitting in the station, it is best to pay attention to the pre-checked arrival time. In some cars, there are screens showing the name of the station. The Swiss train's door is semi-automatic. When the train is stopped, the green door can be opened. If the door is closed, but the green light on the door is still on, just press the button and the door will open. Old trains need to be manually rotated or opened by the handles on the door to open.

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