Bus and Tram Services in Zürich, Basel, Berne, Lucerne and Zug

Details and contact information on the regional and city bus transport system in Zurich, Zug, Lucerne, Berne and Basel...

Zürich and the nearby cantons are well catered for by the public transport networks. Below is information on bus, tram and boat services in Zürich, Basel, Berne, Lucerne and Zug.

Zürich

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.

  • For further information and contact details: Click here

Travel Cards

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.

  • For a list of participating museums: Click here
  • For a list of offices where the card is sold: Click here

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.

  • Tel: 0848 988 988

Night bus

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.

  • For further information on the night time network: Click here

Services for the disabled

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.

  • For further information and an overview of accessible stops and stations: Click here

Lake Zürich boat travel

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.

  • ZSG
    Tel: 044 487 13 33

Bicycles and scooters

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.

Basel

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.

  • For a timetable and route information for BVB transports: Click here
    Timetable - Tel: 061 685 13 13
  • Basler Verkehrsbetriebe
    At
    : Claragraben 55, 4055 Basel
    Tel: 061 685 12 12
    Fax: 061 685 12 48
    e-mail

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.

  • Customer call centre - Tel: 061 685 14 14 (open 08:00-17:30)
  • Lost and found office at Spiegelgasse 6, 4051 Basel (Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00 and Saturday 09:00-14:00)
    Tel: 0900 12 01 30
    e-mail

Yellow-coloured buses and trams are run by Baselland Transport (BLT) and connect central Basel to Baselland.

  • For a timetable and route information for BLT transports: Click here (in German)
  • For information on fares and tickets: Click here (in German)

The surrounding areas of Basel are served by:

S-Bahn

The Regio-S-Bahn is the commuter rail network serving northwest Switzerland and Wiesental and even across the borders to Germany and France.

  • Line S1 Frick/Laufenburg-Basel, main station-Mulhouse
  • Line S3 Olten-Basel-Laufen-Delemont-Porrentruy
  • Line S5 Weil am rhein-Lörrach-Steinen
  • Line S6 Basel main station to Lörrach-Zell im Wiesental
  • Line S9 Olten-Läufelfingen-Sisasch

The S-Bahn is jointly operated by the Swiss railway company SBB, the French rail company SNCF and the Germany rail company DB

Services for the disabled

Assistance for passengers with reduced mobility is provided free of charge.

Mobility ticket

Hotel guests staying in Basel are able to use the public transport in Basel using a mobility ticket, which they receive when checking-in.

Ferry services

The Fähri-Verein offers public ferry services on the Rhine. Their boats are available outside of normal working hours for private parties.

Berne

Berne is well catered to with buses, trams and trains.

Bernmobil

Bernmobil operates trolleybuses and trams throughout Berne with regular connections to many destinations from the main railway station.

  • Bernmobil Infocenter
    At
    : Bubenbergplatz 17, 3011 Berne
    Tel: 031 321 88 44
    Fax: 031 666 19 07
    e-mail
    Open
    : Monday to Friday 08:30-18:00

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.

  • Libero-Shop
    At
    : Bubenbergplatz 5, 3011 Berne; opposite Loeb
    Tel: 031 321 86 31
    e-mail
    Open: Monday to Friday 07:00-19:00, Saturday 08:00-17:00, Sunday and public holidays 12:00-17:00

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.

  • BLS has a comprehensive website detailing all facilities, services and discounts to the regular traveller: Click here
  • Hotline Tel: 058 327 29 99

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.

S-Bahn Berne

The S-Bahn Bern connects the suburbs of Berne with the central district. Trains leave the SBB main station in Berne.

  • For route details and schedule times: Click here (in German)
  • Single tickets, multiple ride passes, monthly or yearly passes are available.
Lucerne

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.

Lost and found

  • Stadt Luzern, Fundbüro
    At
    : Hirschengraben 17b, 6002 Lucerne
    Tel: 041 208 78 08
    Fax: 041 208 77 55
    Open: Monday to Friday 08:00-12:00 and 13:30-17:00
  • Verkehrsbetriebe Luzern AG (in German)
    At: Tribschenstrasse 65, 6002 Luzern
    Tel: 041 369 65 65
    Fax: 041 369 65 00

Night bus

There are several night buses serving the canton of Lucerne

  • Nachtstern (departs from Lucerne main station on Friday and Saturday nights)
  • Nightbird Lucerne-Zug-Zurich, throughout the night
  • Pyjama Express to the Seetal on Friday and Saturday nights

Boat Travel

The Schiffahrtsgesellschaft Vierwaldstättersee operate boats on the Vierwaldstaettersee, stopping on all ports around the Lake.

Auto AG bus

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.

Travel cards and tickets

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.

  • For detailed information: Click here (in German)

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:

  • VBL bus lines (excluding Gisikon, Perlen, Inwil)
  • SBB till Buchrain, Meggen, Littau, Rothenburg Dorf and Waldibrücke
  • Zentralbahn till Hergiswil
  • PostAuto Schweiz AG till Adligenswil, Obernau and Emmenbrücke Strassenkreuz
  • Auto AG Rothenburg till Rothenburg
  • Auto Rottal AG till Emmenbrücke Strassenkreuz

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.

Zug

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).

Tickets

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:

  • Zugerland Verkehrsbetriebe
  • SBB trains between Zug-Cham-Rotkreuz-Oberrüti-Sins, Zug-Steinhausen-Knonau, Sihlbrugg-Baar-Zug and Zug-Oberwil-Walchwil-Arth-Goldau
  • On the mountain railway Zugerberg Bahn
  • On PostBus buses between Menzingen-Schindellegi, Rotkreuz-Breitfeld (Meierskappel) and Baar-Hausen a.A.

Lost and found

Enquiries for lost objects can be made at the Zug Travel Centre at the railway station.

Night bus

Night buses operate every night on certain lines.

  • Zuger Nachtexpress 01:50 from Zug Bahnhofplatz
  • Nightbird Lucerne-Zug-Zurich, throughout the night

Boat travel

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.

  • Zugersee Schifffahrt
    At
    : An der Aa 6, 6304 Zug
    Tel: 041 728 58 58 (Monday to Friday) or 041 723 68 00 on Saturdays and Sundays
    e-mail

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.

Funicular railway

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.

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