Coronavirus: public transport updates

Hygiene measures and protection concepts

Based on the recommendations of the authorities, Swiss public transport has developed a protection concept to make travelling as safe as possible.

Which measures have to be taken by the guest?

  • The wearing of a face mask is mandatory in the entire Swiss public transport system. Since 26 June 2021, it is no longer mandatory to wear masks in public openair spaces.
  • Transport companies ask travellers to be considerate of each other and to keep the required distance.
  • If ever possible, all paid services during a journey should be paid cashless.

Which measures are taken by transport companies?

The transport companies adhere to the respective protection concepts. The most important points are listed below.

  • Transport companies are intensifying their cleaning routine: in particular, contact surfaces such as handrails, grab handles and buttons will be cleaned several times a day. Wherever possible, cleaning services during journeys will also be intensified.
  • Floor markings or posters at the most important “hotspots”
  • The staff supports customers by helping them choose a seat or finding alternative free seats
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Overview public transport operation

Operation Details
International connections (incl. night trains) Current situation see here. Latest information about international train connections, corresponding protection concepts and quarantine regulations per country can be found here.
Glacier Express Operating
  • Access only for guests with a valid COVID certificate
  • Trains 902/903: Operating with 1st and 2nd class
  • Trains 900, 901, 904, 905, 906, 907: Not operating yet
  • Gastronomic offers: Service to seat with limited menu offer

More information can be found here.

Bernina Express / Bernina Express Bus Operating
  • Trains 950, 951, 952, 955, 972, 973, 975, 976: Operating
  • Bernina Express Bus: Operating
  • Gastronomic offers: Minibar is operated

More information can be found here.

Gotthard Panorama Express Operating The Gotthard Panorama Express is operating.

More information can be found here.

Luzern–Interlaken Express Operating Operating according to timetable.
GoldenPass Panoramic Operating Operating according to timetable.
Mountain excursions Operating* The mountain railways operate in strict compliance with the safety protocols. Masks are compulsory not only in the closed cable car cabins, but also on open-air lifts and in all queuing areas.

*Titlis: The Ice Flyer is not operating in the 2021 summer season.

Boat rides Please check with the individual navigation companies Latest information can be obtained online from the individual navigation companies.
Palm Express Operating The Palm Express is operating.

More information can be found here.

Vigezzina-Centovalli Railway Operating with reduced timetable The Vigezzina-Centovalli Railway is operating with a reduced timetable. Also in Italy it is mandatory to wear a hygiene mask. A seat reservation is strongly recommended due to limited space. Make free reservation

More information can be found here.

Chocolate train Operating until end of August 2021 Operating on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until the End of August 2021.
Cheese train Operating from September to end of November 2021 Operating as of September until the end of November on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

On-board catering: COVID certificate compulsory

  • Inside bistros, dining cars and boat restaurants (indoor area), a COVID certificate obligation applies for travellers of 16 years or older. The staff is responsible for checking the certificates.
  • Masks are not compulsory inside the bistro, dining car or boat restaurant. If guests move out of the dining car (e.g. when using the facilities), a face mask must be worn.
  • Certificates are not required in take-away zones.

Group travel

Group travels are permitted as long as the Swiss governmant has not imposed a general ban on events. Group travels generally fall under the public transport protection concept. The passenger booking the tour is responsible for complying with the current regulations in connection with group travels and other events. Passengers may be referred to alternative connections in order to support the implementation of the protection concept.