Coronavirus: Train Services to Resume in Switzerland

In line with the relaxation of restrictions to businesses and society public transport operators will expand the number of services they run from 11 May.

Since 19 March 2020 public transport in Switzerland has been operating under a temporary timetable. Now that the restrictions on public life and on businesses are to be relaxed somewhat, the government has announced that there is to be an extensive increase in public transport services from 11 May. Swiss Federal Railways and a number of other transport companies will gradually begin these measures from 27 April.

Stadler KISS on Geneva-Annemasse line
 

SBB and PostAuto AG, as lead operators on rail and road, are developing a protective concept for passengers and employees for 11 May. Protecting the health of passengers and staff remains a paramount priority.

In addition to the current services SBB will resume IC1 services between Fribourg and Geneva Airport; it will go back to half-hour intervals between Zurich Central and Lucerne (IR70); it will resume services between Zurich Central and Weinfelden (IR75); it will resume half-hour intervals between Olten and Bern (IR17); it will increase the number of S-Bahn services on the S19 in Zurich; and it will return to half-hour intervals on the regional express between Geneva and Annemasse.

A number of regional transport operators will switch back to their regular timetables on 27 April. Whenever possible, operators will ensure that there are no gaps in destinations served. However, disruption cannot be ruled out.

The recommendation remains that passengers should not travel for leisure or tourism; that people continue to work from home where possible; and that passengers make every attempt to maintain a safe distance and observe hygiene measures.

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