Public transport


Overview

In hardly any other place in the world the range of public transport services is as dense and well-developed as in Switzerland. In 2020 the Swiss railway network covered a length of 5 443 km and counted 1 772 stops (incl. cog railways). In the same year the operational public road transport network measured 21 190 km. The share of public transport in total motorised land transport was around 16% in the second "Corona Year" 2021, which is the same level as in 2020. The public transport share had been much higher before the pandemic (2019: 21%).

Information on this page focuses on public passenger transport. For data and explanations about rail goods transport, please switch to the following page:

Key figures on public transport
  Rail: Railway, rack railway
 
 
Public road transport: Tramway, trolley bus, bus
 
Cable cars: Aerial cableway, funicular
 
 
Inland waterways (public): Passenger vessel, car ferry Year
Network length, in km 5 443 21 1901 1 0371 5141 2020
Stations and stops 1 772 23 080 ... 337 2020
Transport enterprises 802 140 210 28 2020
Vehicle-km3 (millions) 2074 375 15 2 2021
Person-km (millions)
14 349 3 615 309 1176 2021
Persons killed (in accidents) 82 4 2 1 2021
1) Operating length
2) Passenger and goods transport
3) Rail: train-km; public road transport: scheduled route-kilometres; cable cars: vehicle-km; inland waterways: ship-km
4) Only passenger transport
5) Only funiculars
6) Excluding car ferries
Source: FSO – Public transport statistics (TP)

Current quarterly data on railway transport

The key figures for rail transport are published every quarter:

Performances in passenger rail transport in the last four available quarters (in brackets: Change compared to previous year)
  4th
quarter
2021
1st
quarter
2022 p
2nd
quarter
2022 p
3rd
quarter
2022 p
Passenger journeys (millions) 100.4
(+29.1%)
92.6
(+38.3%)
110.5
(+42.3%)
115.7
(+25.4%)
Person-km (millions) 4 044.0
(+43.6%)
3 644.2
(+46.2%)
4 634.4
(+53.0%)
4 888.0
(+28.2%)
p provisional data (situation on: December 12, 2022)

Note: Analogous to Ordinance (EU) No 2018/643 only enterprises with an annual transport performance of at least 200 million person-km.
Source: FSO – Public transport statistics (TP)

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