Coronavirus: public transport updates

Hygiene measures and protection concepts

✓ Last update: 18 October 2020

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 (including train stations, waiting areas, bus/tram stops etc.). FAQ masks compulsory / Factsheet masks on public transport
  • 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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Group travel

✓ Last update: 23 March 2021

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.

Gastronomy: No services

✓ Last update: 21 December 2020

As of 22 December 2020 and until further notice, all gastronomic services on trains and boats are suspended.

Overview public transport operation

✓ Last update: 15 April 2021

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 as of 08 May 2021 Due to the restrictions in gastronomy, the Glacier Express is not operating until at least 07 May 2021. Reservations already made can be rebooked for a later date free of charge.
Bernina Express Operating only up to Italian border From 06 November and until further notice, the Rhaetian Railway only operates up to Campocologno and recommends all leisure travellers southbound to get off at Poschiavo or Le Prese.

More information can be found here.

Bernina Express Bus Operating as of 08 May 2021 The Bernina Express Bus (Tirano – Lugano – Tirano) is starting its season on 08 May 2021. Journeys booked for earlier connections will be cancelled and refunded free of charge.

More information can be found here.

Gotthard Panorama Express Operating as of 01 May 2021 The Gotthard Panorama Express starts into the new season on 01 May 2021.

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.
Boat rides Please check with the individual navigation companies Latest information can be obtained online from the individual navigation companies.
Palm Express  No information The Palm Express is suspended until further notice.
Vigezzina-Centovalli Railway Operating with reduced timetable The Vigezzina-Centovalli Railway is operating with a reduced timetable. Keep in mind that tourist travel to Italy is currently prohibited. 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 as of 11 June 2021 The Chocolate train will operate again from 11 June to 31 August 2021. 

More information can be found here.

Cheese train  Not operating The Cheese train is not operating due to restricted gastronomy nationwide.