Costs and funding of maritime navigation

Public passenger transport on Switzerland's lakes and rivers cost CHF 199 million in 2015, while goods transport on the Rhine cost CHF 144 million. This amounts to a total of CHF 343 million, most of which was spent on means of transport: the acquisition, maintenance and operation of boats accounted for 70% of navigation costs.

The cost per kilometre of transport on the Rhine was 7 centimes per tonne of goods in 2015. This is much lower than for rail (17 centimes) and heavy road vehicles (55 centimes). This low cost is due to the large tonnages involved and the low cost of infrastructure. However, the Rhine is only suitable for import and export traffic.

Note: Unlike other modes of transport (road, rail, air), data on navigation costs are only collected every 5 years.

Costs and funding of navigation, 2015
Total costs2 CHF 344 million
    Share of public passenger navigation 58%
    Share of goods transport on the Rhine2 42%
Transport users' share of funding 64%
1) Including the intangible costs of environmental and health damage and accidents.
2) The half-route principle has been applied instead of the principle of territoriality.
Source: FSO – Statistics on the cost and funding of transport (CFT)

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