Passenger transport

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Commuting in Switzerland

8 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 on our website on the topic.

Mobility and Transport Microcensus: Results 2021

On average, people in Switzerland covered 30 kilometres domestically every day in 2021, and took around 80 minutes to do so. This is shown by the latest figures on the population's mobility behaviour.



At a glance

The total distance covered on Swiss roads, rail and cable cars added up to almost 123 billion person-kilometres. This was 20% more than in 2000, but 11% less than in 2019, the year before the COVID pandemic started.

Key figures on passenger transport
Passenger transport performance
Land transport performance
(rail, road incl. active mobility and cable cars)
122.7 billion person-km 2022
    Change +20% 2000–2022
Aviation: Passengers1 53.3 million 2023
+55% 2000–2023
Mobility behaviour
Average daily distance per person (inside Switzerland) 30.0 km 2021
–14% 2000–2021
    Share of leisure traffic
43% 2021
Average commute (one way) 13.7 km 2022
Cross-border transport
Border crossings in private motor vehicles (arrivals and departures) 1.2 million persons/day 2021
Transalpine transport    
Transalpine crossings in private motor vehicles (both directions) 74 300 persons/day 2021
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

Mobility 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

Cross-border passenger transport

Data on border crossings by private motor vehicles and rail

Transalpine passenger transport

Data on Alpine crossings by private motor vehicle and rail


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