Passenger transport

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Mobility and Transport Microcensus: Results 2015

On average, each Swiss resident covers a daily distance of 36.8 kilometres within Switzerland and spends a good hour and a half doing so. These are some of the figures on the population’s travel behaviour.

Commuting in Switzerland, 2016

9 in 10 employed persons commute to work. What means of transport do commuters use to get to work? How long does their commute take? You can find the answers to these and other questions in our publication on the topic (available in French and German).

At a glance

On average, each Swiss resident covers a daily distance of almost 37 kilometres within Switzerland. In 2018, the total distances covered on Swiss roads and railways added up to 136 billion person-kilometres – this is 33% more than in 2000.

Key figures on passenger transport
Passenger transport performance
Land transport performance
(rail1 and road incl. human-powered transport)
135.7 billion person-km 2018
    Change +33% 2000–2018
Aviation: Passengers2 58.6 million 2019
+70% 2000–2019
Transalpine and cross-border transport
Transalpine crossings in private motor vehicles (both directions) 93 400 persons/day 2015
Border crossings in private motor vehicles (arrivals and departures) 2.1 million persons/day 2015
Travel behaviour
Average daily distance per person (inside Switzerland) 36.8 km 2015
+5% 2000–2015
    Share of leisure traffic
44% 2015
Average commute (one way) 15.0 km 2017
1) Railways, cog railways, funicular railways and cable cars
2) Local and transfer passengers in scheduled and charter flights
Sources: FSO – Transalpine and cross-border passenger transport (A+GQPV), Passenger transport performance (PV-L), Commuting (PEND); FSO, ARE – Mobility and transport microcensus (MTMC); FSO, FOCA – Aviation, scheduled and charter flights (AVIA_LC)

Further information


Statistical concepts

On this topic

Passenger transport performance

Data on person-kilometres and vehicle-kilometres covered by road and rail and on the number of persons transported in aviation

Transport behaviour

Data on the population's travel behaviour: distances covered, transport modes, transport purposes


Data on mobility of commuters travelling to places of education/training: distances covered, main transport mode, district and canton commuter flows


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