This winter is all about groundbreaking construction projects. Both the Ceneri Base Tunnel and the V-Cableway in Grindelwald will be put into service this December. The latter will take guests to the Jungfraujoch a full 47 minutes faster than was possible before. The Grand Train Tour of Switzerland has also committed to the cold season – with the new “Winter Magic” tour. Moreover, the Clean&Safe label of Switzerland enables the use of public transport without hesitation.
The New Alpine Transversal has been completed.
With the commissioning of the 9.6 mile-long Ceneri Base Tunnel in December 2020, Europe moves a little closer together. After the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel (35.4mi) in 2016, the Ceneri Base Tunnel completes the New Alpine Transversal (NEAT). Thus, the continuous flat railway from Altdorf to Lugano becomes reality. Since trains can reach top speeds of up to 150 mph on this new line, the travel time from Zurich to Milano is shortened from 3 h 40 min to 3 h 17 min. Also, new direct connections to Genoa and Bologna are being planned. For travellers as well as freight traffic, this is a fast, comfortable and environmentally friendly alternative.
Winter idyll on the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland.
Frozen lakes, fluffy powder snow, and majestic glaciers: that’s guaranteed on the “Winter Magic” tour. Starting at Lucerne, the journey proceeds toInterlaken and finally Zermatt – right to the world-famous Matterhorn. After that, the Glacier and Bernina Express trains take guests through the heart of the Swiss winter wonderland to St. Moritz. Across landscapes to which no roads lead in the colder months.
Treno Gottardo: modern and historic all in one.
Bustling cities, historic buildings and a great variety of nature and leisure activities – all of it can be experienced with the Treno Gottardo. The new train, equipped with bistro zone and family area, runs hourly from Zurich, Basel and Lucerne to Locarno. Most comfortably, guests travel along lakes and mountains over the historic Gotthard panorama route right to the sun- kissed corner of Switzerland at Locarno. The diversity of Switzerland with one single train – Benvenuti!
Inauguration of an impressive achievement in innovative Alpine construction.
47 minutes faster to the Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest train station. Withthe inauguration of the new V-Cableway, this will become reality as of the timetable change 2020/21. The mega project in the Jungfrau region owes its name to its v-shaped routing. From the valley station in Grindelwald, a 10-person cableway leads up to the Männlichen (this part has been in operation since December 2019). From there, the 3S-Cableway (tricable technology) takes visitors directly to the Eiger Glacier. Thanks to the so-called “Eiger Express”, the travel time from Interlaken to the Jungfraujoch isreduced from 2 h 17 min to a mere 1 h 30 min. A gain across the board.
Ticket range, prices and area of validity 2021.
The Swiss Travel System tickets are individually tailored to the wishes of our guests. Holders of a Swiss Travel Pass enjoy numerous benefits: unlimited travel by train, bus and boat throughout Switzerland, up to 50% discount on mountain excursions and free admission to more than 500 museums nationwide.
The responsible boards of Swiss public transport have made the following decisions: As per 01 January 2021, seasonal prices will be introduced. During the winter season (01 Jan-30 Apr and 01 Nov-31 Dec 2021), the prices remain on the current level. For travels during the summer season (01 May-31 Oct 2021), the prices will be raised by 10%. The Swiss Half Fare Card and the Swiss Family Card will remain unchanged regarding both price and area of validity.
Travelling clean and safe on public transport.
Clean and safe travel through Switzerland: because of strict protection concepts and reliance on the personal responsibility of all passengers, train, bus, boat and mountain railway can be used without hesitation. Publictransport has even been certified and bears the “Clean&Safe” label of Switzerland Tourism.
3 reasons why using public transport is worthwhile:
Intensified hygienic measures at stations and on trains
Flexible tickets enable passengers to use connections outside rush-hour traffic
Upgrade to 1st class can be done via App anytime spontaneously
For the latest information around timetables, delays, hygienic regulations and protective measures: mystsnet.com/corona
For international train connections within Europe and country-specific regulations: sbb.ch/en/leisure-holidays/travel-europe/corona- international-rail-travel.html
Car-free Zermatt – a village with charm.
Many know Zermatt for its famous landmark: the Matterhorn. Apart fromthe “Horu”, as the mountain is affectionally dubbed by the locals, beautifultimber chalets and luxurious hotel buildings characterise the villagescape. In order to safeguard this charm, the holiday destination is only accessible by train or on foot. Panoramic mountains such as Gornergrat and Sunnegga can be comfortably reached by mountain railway. All is set for a restorative winter excursion.