After a marked decline in 2020, transport performance in Switzerland rose again in 2021, in the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, on the road, rail and cable car network 124.5 billion person-kilometres were travelled – 6% more than in 2020 but still 10% less than in 2019. Of the overall performance, four-fifths, i.e., 98.0 billion person-kilometres, were accounted for by private motorised transport (cars, motorcycles and private buses). This was nearly seven times the number of person-kilometres accounted for by the railways (14.3 billion). Human-powered mobility (on foot and by bicycle) accounted for 8.3 billion person-kilometres and public road transport (trams and buses) for 3.6 billion. Since 1970, the transport performance of motorised private transport and public transport has almost doubled.
|Billion person-km (except aviation)||Year||Change from 2019 (before the pandemic), as %||Change from 2000, as %|
|Total land transport performance||124.5
|Private motorised road transport||98.0||2021||–5||+24|
|of which passenger cars||92.7||2021||–5||+24|
|Public road transport
(tramway, trolley bus, bus)
|Cog railways and cable cars||0.4||2021||–23||–6|
(on foot, by bike)
|Aviation (scheduled and charter flights)
||43.6 million passengers1||2022||–26
In 2021, private motorised transport realised a kilometre performance of 59.0 billion vehicle-kilometres. This corresponds to an increase of 6% compared to 2020 and a decrease of 5% compared to 2019, the year before the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. For railways the corresponding value in 2022 was 209 million train-kilometres (+2% compared to 2021 / +4% compared to 2019). In the passenger air transport segment, the use of means of transport is usually expressed in terms of the number of flight movements (take-offs and landings). In the scheduled and charter flight segment, 355 915 flight movements were registered in 2022 (+86% compared to 2021 / –24% compared to 2019).
|Billion vehicle-km or train-km (except aviation)||Year||Change from 2019 (before the pandemic), as %||Change from 2000, as %|
|Private motorised road transport||59.0||2021||–5||+24|
|of which passenger cars||56.7||2021||–5||+24|
|Aviation (scheduled and charter flights)||355 915 take-offs and landings