Population's mobility behaviour


On average, each Swiss resident covered a daily distance of 30.0 km within Switzerland in 2021. The majority of this (69%) was covered by passenger car. The main purpose for travel (accounting for 43% of the daily distances covered) was leisure activities, followed by commutes (28%). It should be noted that mobility in 2021 was still affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Key figures on transport behaviour in 2021
Daily distance and travel time
Average daily distance per person1 (inside Switzerland) 30.0 km
    Change from 2015 –19%
    Share of passenger cars 69%
    Share of public transport 20%
    Share of leisure traffic 43%
    Share of work-related traffic 28%
Average daily travel time2 per person1
(inside Switzerland)
80.2 min.
Annual mobility
Average annual mobility per person1 (inside Switzerland and abroad; incl. all trips) 14 926 km
    Share of distances abroad 25%
    Share of distances by aeroplane 16%
Ownership of vehicles, driving licences and public transport season tickets
Share of households with car(s) 78%
Share of households with bicycle(s) 61%
Share of population (18 and over) with driving licence 83%
Share of population (16 and over) with public transport season ticket(s) 53%
1) Swiss permanent residents of 6 years and over
2) Including waiting and transfer times
Source: FSO, ARE – Mobility and transport microcensus (MTMC)

Mobility and COVID-19

How has the Covid 19 pandemic changed our mobility behaviour? Find here experimental analyses on distances covered, means of transport used, etc.

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