Passenger transport

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Commuting in Switzerland, 2019

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 in our publication on the topic (available in French and German).

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 2021, the total distance covered on Swiss roads, rail and cable cars added up to almost 125 billion person-kilometres. This was 22% more than in 2000, but 10% less than in 2019, the year before the pandemic started.

Key figures on passenger transport
Passenger transport performance
Land transport performance
(rail, road incl. human-powered transport and cable cars)
124.5 billion person-km 2021
    Change +22% 2000–2021
Aviation: Passengers1 43.6 million 2022
+27% 2000–2022
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) 13.6 km 2020
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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