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The ZVV (Zürcher Verkehrsverbund) company runs the public transport services in Zürich with an integrated network of trams, buses and trains. All forms of transport can be used with one ticket. Season tickets (day, month and year) are also available for frequent commuters. Travelling without a valid ticket incurs a fine that will increase on each subsequent occasion.
The ZVV website has comprehensive information in English on routes, timetables, tickets and fares:
A number of other partner transport companies operate within the canton.
The ZürichCARD is a ticket valid for a fixed time period (either 24 or 72 hours) and entitles holders to unlimited travel on the Zürich public transport system for the entire city and includes one journey to the airport. The card also allows free entrance to 37 museums in the region and discounts on some attractions in the city.
Z-Pass is a travel card that can be used on the Zürich transport network and the neighbouring regional transport networks. The card is sold at most train stations.
The Zürich Canton operates a number of night bus routes and S-Bahn train routes on Friday and Saturday nights and before most public holidays. Services run every hour in Zürich and Winterthur, and from Zurich to most important regional destinations, every two hours in other areas. Passengers need a valid ticket and have to pay a night supplement.
Mobil Plus is an initiative to make transport services more accessible to those with reduced mobility. Some buses, trains and trams have a low-floor service to facilitate access.
The Lake Zürich Navigation Company (Zürichsee-Schifffahrtsgesellschaft - ZSG) operates boats on Lake Zürich and connects the surrounding towns between Zürich and Rapperswil. Charter and party tours can be organised.
For a deposit, bikes, scooters and skateboards can be borrowed during the day. There are Velostations (bike stations) in the Main Station at Velogate and in the Bike Station South (Sihlpost) all year round, and from May to October at various locations in Zürich.
The green-coloured trams and buses are run by the Basler Verkehrsbetriebe (BVB) and provide a wide network of trams and bus lines in Basel.
There is a customer service at the Barfuesserplatz and is open Monday to Friday 08:00-18:00, Thursday 08:00-19:00 and Saturday 09:00-17:00.
Yellow-coloured buses and trams are run by Baselland Transport (BLT) and connect central Basel to Baselland.
The surrounding areas of Basel are served by:
The Regio-S-Bahn is the commuter rail network serving northwest Switzerland and Wiesental and even across the borders to Germany and France.
The S-Bahn is jointly operated by the Swiss railway company SBB, the French rail company SNCF and the Germany rail company DB
Assistance for passengers with reduced mobility is provided free of charge.
Hotel guests staying in Basel are able to use the public transport in Basel using a mobility ticket, which they receive when checking-in.
The Fähri-Verein offers public ferry services on the Rhine. Their boats are available outside of normal working hours for private parties.
Berne is well catered to with buses, trams and trains.
Bernmobil operates trolleybuses and trams throughout Berne with regular connections to many destinations from the main railway station.
Single tickets, multiple tickets or yearly passes are available from tourist information centres and from the Libero shop. The Berncard is a tourist pass that allows unlimited travel on buses and trams in the city.
The Tangento service is a direct bus route between Konolfingen - Tägertschi - Münsingen -Rubigen - Belp to Berne airport. The bus runs daily every hour.
The Moonliner nightbus has 30 routes in Berne, Biel, Interlaken, Fribourg, Langenthal. Buses run on Friday and Saturday night.
The BLS Lötschbergbahn provides train and bus services as well as car transport between Kandersteg and Goppenstein to the Valais.
Gurtenbahn provides public transport up the local Gurten hill. Take Bernmobil tram routes 9 or bus line 29 or S-Bahn Bern route S3 to get there.
The S-Bahn Bern connects the suburbs of Berne with the central district. Trains leave the SBB main station in Berne.
Lucerne has an extensive public transport network of trains, buses and boat services on the lake.
The Verkehrsbetriebe Luzern (VBL) operates a wide network of bus lines.
Single tickets or day passes can be purchased from the automatic machines at every bus stop.
There are several night buses serving the canton of Lucerne
The Schiffahrtsgesellschaft Vierwaldstättersee operate boats on the Vierwaldstaettersee, stopping on all ports around the Lake.
The Auto AG Rothenburg serves the surrounding areas of Lucerne with an extensive bus network. Red buses leave from in front of the Lucerne railway station.
Passpartout is a ticket that can be used on buses, trains, PostBus and boats belonging to ten different public transport companies in the area of Lucerne. There are tickets for every different zone of the network.
The LucerneCard provides unlimited travel on public transportation in the city of Lucerne and surrounding areas (excluding SGV boat rides). The card can be used on transport from the following companies:
The LucerneCard also allows discount on admission to museums, golf courses and different tourist attractions in the region. The card can be bought at the Tourist Office or from the ticket counter at the main Lucerne railway station.
The public transport system in the area of Zug is mainly run by the Zuger Verkehrsbetrieb (ZVB), who operate the Zug mountain railway (Zugerbergbahn), the Zug boat company (Zugersee Schifffahrt) and the Aegeri boat company (Aegerisee Schifffahrt).
There are various options on tickets. Single, multi-day, group tickets or tickets which can be used on the public transport system of the areas of Zürich, Lucerne and Schwyz.
The Zuger Pass Plus is an annual ticket for public transport in the region.
Tickets can also be bought from the Zug Tariff Association (TVZ) and allows transport with the following participating transport companies:
Enquiries for lost objects can be made at the Zug Travel Centre at the railway station.
Night buses operate every night on certain lines.
The Zug boat company (Zugersee Schifffahrt) operates on the lake of Zug and stops at the ports of Cham, Zug, Oberwil, Walchwil, Arth, Immensee, Risch and Buonas.
The Aegerisee Schifffahrt runs boat services on the lake of Aegeri and serves the ports around the lake of Aegeri.
To access the port take the bus line 1 from the Zug Bahnhofplatz to the Aegerital. Exit at Seefeld for the port Unteraegeri or at Oberaegeri for the port Oberaegeri.
The Zugerbergbahn is a mountain railway which takes passengers up to an altitude of 925m in only six minutes. To reach the railway, take the bus line 11 (Herti- Schoenegg- Zugerberg) from the city of Zug. Note that it is not possible to drive up to Zugerberg by car on Sundays and public holidays.