Switzerland: SBB Orders 5 Giruno Trains from Stadler

SBB has ordered five additional Giruno trains from Stadler to expand its international service from Switzerland to Italy from 2026.

This order responds to the increased demand for passenger rail services between the two countries.

The Giruno trains are eleven-part electric multi-system multiple units
The Giruno trains are eleven-part electric multi-system multiple units

Giruno trains have been operating between Switzerland and Italy since 2020. Currently, the fleet is formed of 29 units, which were ordered in 2014. These trains run between Basel/Zurich to Lugano/Milan and on to Genoa, Bologna and Venice.

The five newly ordered vehicles are part of an option right for a total of 92 additional trains. The investment is valued at around 170 million CHF (179 million EUR).

In 2022, an option for seven Girunos was also exercised for trains to run between Switzerland and Germany via Basel from 2026. Once the five vehicles have been delivered, SBB’s Giruno fleet will thus consist of 41 trains by 2026.

The Girunos are eleven-part electric multi-system multiple unit trains measuring up to 400 metres, with double traction.

They each have 810 seats and are equipped with low-floor entrances for the different platform heights in Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Germany. The trains are also equipped with WiFi, charging outlets, luggage racks, gender-separated toilets and modern lighting with LED lamps.

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