A guide to exploring the country by public transport

by Anthony Lambert 

Switzerland travel guide. Expert advice on exploring Switzerland by public transport, including scenic rail routes, special trains, Swiss Travel System tips, timetables, itineraries, hotels, maps. Features hiking routes, museums, castles. Covers Zürich, Bern, Bernese Mitteland and Oberland, Basel, Luzern, Geneva, Jungfrau, Eiger, Jura, Lausanne.

Published:  12th Dec 2022
Size:  135 X 216 mm
Edition:  7
Number of pages:  416
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About this book

Thoroughly updated, this seventh edition of Bradt’s guide to Switzerland offers a unique perspective on getting the most from this mountainous country while travelling only by public transport. Switzerland boasts the world’s finest public transport network – the comfort, efficiency and frequency of trains, buses, boats and cable cars explain why many Swiss don’t own cars – yet is still enhancing services, including recently around Geneva. The Swiss Travel System is a revelation.
Moreover, using public transport is a must. Visitors cannot reach many fine Swiss sights by road, and over a dozen car-free resorts enable them to experience the serenity and clean air of the country’s mountains (208 above 3,000m). Walkers and cyclists enjoy superb networks – almost 64,000km of footpaths and many surprisingly unhilly cycle paths beside lakes and rivers.
Written by a railway expert who has been visiting this mountainous country since childhood, no other guidebook is devoted to Swiss public transport, which is the easiest, most enjoyable and responsible way to travel. The guide encompasses culture, architecture, landscapes, walking and cycling, plus fascinating facts for railway enthusiasts, numerous tips for reducing costs in a country known for being expensive, and ample advice for foodies.
Switzerland offers some of the world’s most stunning landscapes. Above and beyond mountains and lakes, each region offers something different and often curious – such as the world’s smallest vineyard, barely the extent of a dinner table, owned by the Dalai Lama – while four official languages add cultural variety.
Switzerland’s cities are among the world’s most beautiful, safest and pedestrian friendly. Its capital, Bern, is a World Heritage Site with 6km of covered arcades, where even jaded shoppers will delight in hundreds of independent shops. Luzern’s lakeside setting is unrivalled, with mountains in every direction, floodlit city walls and an historic centre. Lausanne and Geneva overlook Lac Léman, Zurich is lively, and Basel enjoys a broad sweep of the Rhine.
Whether you love culture or cycling, gastronomy or walking, with Bradt’s Switzerland, you can enjoy the qualities that help ensure Switzerland is consistently ranked among the world’s most liveable countries – while travelling confidently on public transport.

About the Author

Anthony Lambert has been visiting Switzerland since childhood and has a deep affection for the country. At an early age, he was captivated by the sheer scale of the montane landscapes in which his family walked, and the character and number of mountain railways, cable cars and chairlifts, which all seemed much more fun than cars. Decades later, while researching this book, Anthony realised that cars were a pointless encumbrance in many parts of Switzerland, so often took up to 25 separate journeys per day on public transport. Now a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Anthony has written or contributed to several guidebooks, 20 further books about railways and travel, and has written about travel and railway journeys for The Daily Telegraph, Orient-Express Magazine, New York Times, The Sunday Times and Wanderlust. He was consultant editor for the nine-volume The World of Trains, and has journeyed on the railways of over 55 countries.

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Table of Contents

Why choose public transport? Tourism and sustainable transport

Chapter 1 Practical Information
When to visit, Highlights, Tourist information, Red tape, Embassies and consulates, Getting there and away, Maps, Health, Travelling with a disability, Electricity, Money, Budgeting, Accommodation, Drinking, Food and wine, Shopping, Exploring cities, Arts and entertainment, Language, Media and communications, Snowshoeing
Chapter 2 The Swiss Travel System
General advice, Trains, Postbuses, Car, Tourist offices
Chapter 3 Special Trains
Gotthard Panorama Express, Grand Train Tour of Switzerland, Golden Pass Line, Golden Pass Panoramic, Glacier Express, Palm Express, Bernina Express, Pre-Alpine Express/Voralpen Express, Chocolate Train, Cheese Train
Chapter 4 Walking and Cycling
SwitzerlandMobility, Walking, Cycling, Maps and guides for walking and cycling

Chapter 5 Zürich
Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist information, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, What to see and do
Chapter 6 Around Zürich
Zurichsee (Lake Zurich), Zurich HB-Uetliberg, Zurich HB-Langnau-Gattikon, Zurich HB-Zug, Zug-Arth-Goldau, Zug-Zurich HB via Affoltern, Zurich HB-Brugg, Dietikon-Wohlen, Lenzburg-Rotkreuz, Zug-Luzern, Zurich Flughafen-Zurich HB-Ziegelbrucke, Ziegelbrucke-Linthal, Zurich HB-Rapperswil, Rapperswil-Pfaffikon-Arth-Goldau & Wadenswil-Einsiedeln, Rapperswil-Winterthur, Zurich Stadelhofen-Esslingen, Zurich HB-Hinwil/Rapperswil, Wetzikon-Effretikon, Zurich HB-Winterthur, Winterthur-Bulach-Koblenz, Zurich HB-Niederweningen/Bulach-Schaffhausen, Zurich-Baden
Chapter 7 The Northeast
Winterthur-St Gallen, St Gallen-Trogen, St Gallen-Wattwil-Rapperswil, St Gallen-Romanshorn, St Gallen-Gais-Appenzell, Gais-Altstatten Stadt, Gossau-Herisau-Appenzell-Wasserauen, St Gallen-Gossau-Sulgen-Weinfelden, Wil-Wattwil-Nesslau-Neu St Johann, St Gallen-Rorschach, Rorschach-Romanshorn, Rorschach-Heiden, Romanshorn-Schaffhausen, Schaffhausen-Erzingen, Schaffhausen-Thayngen, Schaffhausen-Winterthur, Winterthur-Etzwilen/
Stein am Rhein, Winterthur-Romanshorn, Frauenfeld-Wil, Lake Constance/Bodensee, Wil-Weinfelden-Kreuzlingen-Konstanz, Rorschach-Sargans, Rheineck-Walzenhausen
Chapter 8 Bern
Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist information, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, What to see and do
Chapter 9 The Eastern Bernese Mittelland
Bern Fischermattelli-Bahnhofplatz-Worb Dorf , Bern-Worb Dorf , Bern-Solothurn, Solothurn-Moutier, Solothurn-Niederbipp-Oensingen-Langenthal, Solothurn-Olten, Oensingen-Balsthal,
Solothurn-Burgdorf, Burgdorf-Konolfingen-Thun, Bern-Olten, Langenthal-St Urban Ziegelei, Bern-Luzern, Langnau-Burgdorf, Ramsei-Sumiswald-Grumen-Huttwil, Wolhusen-Huttwil-Langenthal
Chapter 10 The Western Bernese Mittelland
Bern-Biel/Bienne, Lyss-Buren an der Aare, Biel/Bienne-Neuchatel, Biel/Bienne-La Chaux-de-Fonds, Sonceboz-Sombeval-Moutier-Delemont, Biel/Bienne-Delemont, Biel/Bienne-Solothurn, Biel/Bienne-Ins, Lyss-Murten-Payerne-Palezieux, Fribourg, Bern-Lausanne, Flamatt-Laupen, Fribourg-Payerne-Yverdon, Romont-Bulle, Bern-Schwarzenburg
Chapter 11 Bernese Oberland
Bern-Belp-Thun, Bern-Thun-Spiez-Interlaken Ost, Interlaken, Lake Thun, Interlaken-Zweilutschinen-Lauterbrunnen, Wilderswil-Schynige Platte, Lauterbrunnen-Grutschalp-Murren, Lauterbrunnen-Kleine Scheidegg, Kleine Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch, Zweilutschinen-Grindelwald, Grindelwald-Kleine Scheidegg,Spiez-Zweisimmen, Spiez-Brig
Chapter 12 Luzern
Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist information, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, What to see and do
Chapter 13 Around Luzern
Lake Luzern (Vierwaldstattersee), The Swiss Path, Vitznau-Rigi, Arth-Rigi, Luzern-Lenzburg, Luzern-Olten-Basel, Zofingen-Lenzburg, Luzern-Stans-Engelberg (LSE), Luzern-Meiringen-Interlaken, Alpnachstad-Pilatus, Meiringen-Innertkirchen, Luzern-Meiringen-Interlaken, Brienz-Rothorn, Luzern-Airolo-Lugano-Chiasso
Chapter 14 Basel and the Northwest
Basel, Basel-Rodersdorf, Basel-Delemont, Delemont-Porrentruy-Boncourt, Porrentruy-Bonfol, Basel-Olten, Liestal-Waldenburg, Sissach-Olten, Olten-Brugg, Aarau-Schoftland, Aarau-Menziken, Basel-Brugg-Zurich
Chapter 15 Neuchâtel and Jura
Neuchatel, Neuchatel-Boudry, Neuchatel-La Chaux-de-Fonds, La Chaux-de-Fonds-Le Locle, Le Locle-Les Brenets, La Chaux-de-Fonds-Glovelier, Le Noirmont-Tavannes, La Chaux-de-Fonds-Les Ponts-de-Martel, Neuchatel-Travers-Buttes/Pontarlier, Neuchatel-Yverdon-Les-Bains, Yverdon-Les-Bains-Ste-Croix, Yverdon-Les-Bains-Lausanne, Chavornay-Orbe, Lausanne-Cossonay-Vallorbe, Vallorbe-Le Day-Le Brassus
Chapter 16 Geneva and Lausanne
Geneva, Lac Leman, Coppet-Geneva-Annemasse-Evian, Geneva-La Plaine-Bellegarde, Geneva-Lausanne-Brig, Nyon-La Cure, Morges-Biere/L’Isle-Mont-la-Ville, Lausanne, Ouchy-Les Croisettes, Lausanne Flon-Echallens-Bercher, Lausanne-Vevey
Chapter 17 Vevey and Montreux
Vevey, Vevey-Mont