Transport – Facts and Figures

Switzerland has a dense and reliable network. 

People getting into a train
Transport by train © SBB

  • Switzerland has a 71,520 km-long road network, 5,200 km of railway lines, a 21,529 km public transport network and 1,000 km of mountain railways. Swiss airline flight routes cover 475,480 km.

  • The Swiss travel further by train than any other nation in Europe, clocking up an average of 2,400 km per person every year.

  • At an altitude of 3,454 metres, the Jungfraujoch in the canton of Bern is the highest railway station in Europe.

  • Switzerland has around 1,800 tunnels. 

  • The country's greatest engineering feat is the 57 km-long Gotthard base tunnel – the longest rail tunnel in the world – which opened in 2016.  Every day, 325 trains travel through the Gotthard tunnel at speeds of up to 250 km/h.

  • Switzerland has three international airports (Zurich, Geneva and Basel), 11 regional airports, 51 airfields and 25 heliports.

  • The country's six biggest airports handle approximately 55 million passengers per year.

  • Switzerland has around 28,000 public transport stops, in other words one stop every 900 metres.

  • In 2016, almost 5.9 million motor vehicles were registered in Switzerland, including 4.5 million cars.

  • Switzerland’s sea-going (merchant) fleet is based in Basel.

  • With 15 vessels, the Lake Lucerne Navigation Company has Europe’s largest fleet of self-propelled ships operating on inland waterways.

  • With around 2,050 trains passing through every day, Zurich –Altstetten is the busiest railway line in the world.

  • Between 1981 and 2015, the volume of goods freighted by rail and road across the Swiss Alps doubled to 39 million tonnes.

  • The Vitznau-Rigi line, which opened in 1871, is the oldest mountain railway in Europe.

  • The No. 10 route, operated by Baselland Transport (BLT), is the longest tram line in Europe.  Running from Dornach to Rodersdorf, it covers 25 km, and takes in three cantons (Basel Land, Basel Stadt, Solothurn) and two countries (Switzerland and France).

  • The automated M2 line of the Lausanne Métro climbs 338 metres, with inclines as steep as 12% in some places.  This is a world-first for rubber-tyred underground trains.