Passenger transport

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In focus

New passenger transport record in 2019

In 2019 a total 138 billion person-kilometres were covered by road and rail in Switzerland. This is 2% more than in the previous year and 35% more than in 2000.

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.

At a glance

On average, each Swiss resident covers a daily distance of almost 37 kilometres within Switzerland. In 2019, the total distances covered on Swiss roads, rail and cable cars added up to 138 billion person-kilometres – this is 35% more than in 2000.

Key figures on passenger transport
Passenger transport performance
Land transport performance
(rail, road incl. human-powered transport and cable cars)
138.2 billion person-km 2019
    Change +35% 2000–2019
Aviation: Passengers1 16.5 million 2020
–52% 2000–2020
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) 14.5 km 2019
1) 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, rail, cable cars 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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