Transport infrastructure and vehicles

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Over 6 million motorised motor vehicles

In 2017, there were over 6 million motorised road vehicles in Switzerland for the first time: With around 6,053,000 units, the total stock exceeded the previous year’s value by 1.2% or 73,000 vehicles.

STAT-TAB on the number of road motor vehicles

You can use the STAT-TAB interactive database to search online for information on the road motor vehicle stock and new registrations.

At a glance

The Swiss transport infrastructure includes 1840 km of national highways, 5200 km of railway tracks plus 14 national and regional airports. It is used by a wide variety of vehicles. In 2017, over 6 million motor vehicles travelled on the roads, 4.6 million of which were cars.

Key figures on transport infrastructure and vehicles
Infrastructure and network length
Rail network length1 5,196 km 2015
National road network length 1,840 km 2016
    Change +12% 2000–2016
National and regional airports 14 2016
Tractive railway vehicles 3,238 2015
Road motor vehicles (excl. mopeds) 6,053,258
    Change +32% 2000–2017
    Passenger cars 4,570,823 2017
        New registrations of passenger cars 315,032
Aircraft2 3,333 2017
Private passenger vessels3 97,430 2017
1) Property length, including 19 km abroad
2) Fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, powered gliders, gliders, free balloons, airships
3) Motor, sailing, rowing boats etc.
Sources: FSO – Public transport statistics (TP); FSO, FEDRO – New registrations of road vehicles (IVS), Stock of road vehicles (MFZ), Road length; FSO, FOCA – Civil aviation statistics (AVIA_ZL); Swiss association of the registration offices – Number of vessels

Further information



On this topic


Data on rail, road and air transport vehicle stocks


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