Passenger transport

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Transalpine and cross-border passenger transport 2015

In 2015, a daily average of 2.2 million persons crossed the Swiss borders by road and rail. The Alpine Arc was crossed by 110,000 persons per day (available in French and German).

Commuting in Switzerland, 2014

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 2016, the total distances covered on Swiss roads and railways added up to 133 billion person-kilometres – this is 30% more than in 2000.

Key figures on passenger transport
Passenger transport performance
Land transport performance
(rail1 and road incl. human-powered transport)
132.6 billion person-km 2016
    Change +30% 2000–2016
Aviation: Persons transported2 51,8 million 2016
    Change
+50% 2000–2016
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 person3 (inside Switzerland) 36.8 km 2015
    Change
+5% 2000–2015
    Share of leisure traffic
44% 2015
Commuting
Average commute (one way)4 14.8 km 2016
1) Railways, cog railways, funicular railways and cable cars
2) Local and transfer passengers in scheduled and charter flights
3) Swiss permanent residents of 6 years and over
4) Average commute of commuters: employed persons aged 15 and over with a permanent place of work outside the building in which they live
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

Maps

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

Travel behaviour

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

Commuting

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

Contact

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