Timetable change – more trains for Switzerland: A timetable change shaped by the Gotthard.

The national rail service will be extended when the new timetable is introduced on 11 December 2016. The biggest change in the new timetable will be the start of commercial operations through the Gotthard Base Tunnel, with journey times on the north-south axis being cut by around 30 minutes. Trains will continue to serve the Gotthard panorama route at hourly intervals, while extra weekend specials and the Gotthard Panorama Express will also run from spring 2017 onwards. At the same time, the rest of the network will see minor changes to long-distance and regional services. New ticket types are being added and the fare adjustments already announced will come into effect. Meanwhile, SBB Cargo is introducing a regular timetable for wagonload freight, providing its customers with a more frequent service and more overnight express shipments.

The most significant new feature of this year’s timetable change is the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel to scheduled trains, widening the range of services available to customers. The construction project of the century will cut the travel time between German-speaking part of Switzerland and the Canton of Ticino by around 30 minutes in both directions, while journeys to Italy will now be 40 minutes shorter. Three fast trains will travel through the Base Tunnel in each direction every two hours. Passengers will also be able to enjoy additional services on weekends. Whilestarting commercial operations through the Gotthard Base Tunnel, SBB is also continuing to add more services on its national rail network.

Attractive range of services along the Gotthard panorama route.

The range of rail services available along the Gotthard panorama route will continue to be attractive for business travellers, while also giving a boost to the tourist industry in the St. Gotthard region. Hourly RegioExpress trains will connect Erstfeld and Bellinzona, both of which offer connections to long-distance services. Some InterRegio trains coming from Basel and Zurich will still continue on to Göschenen during periods of high demand. On weekends and on public holidays from April to October, there will also be a direct service – the “Gotthard Weekender” – between Zurich and Bellinzona and back along the Gotthard panorama route, giving cyclists and hikers a convenient new travel option. In addition, the new “Gotthard Panorama Express” will run from Easter until the end of October. The route takes passengers by boat from Lucerne to Flüelen, where they board the train for their onward journey along the Gotthard panorama route into Ticino.

As part of the “San Gottardo 2020” programme of events, SBB is coordinating all the marketing activities for the St. Gotthard region, thus helping the local tourist industry to generate even more value.

Co-travelcard and modular travelcard.

There have also been some additions to the range of tickets: the Children’s Co-travelcard now allows anyone over 16 travelling with a child under 16 to use public transport for CHF 30 for a whole year. The Grandchild travelcard has been combined with this new ticket. The child’s travelling companions now do not have to be their parents or grandparents but can also be neighbours, aunts and uncles, friends or other caregivers. The Children’s Co-travelcard and the Junior travelcard will be available with a 50% discount for a special price of CHF 15 from 1 February 2017 to 31 January 2018.

The modular travelcard will be launched across Switzerland at the beginning of April 2017. It allows holders to combine routes with local transport networks and their services. The fare adjustments announced in autumn will come into effect when the new timetable is introduced (see enclosed table).

A new uniform for train crew.

SBB is introducing a new uniform for its train crew at the same time as its new timetable. The new uniform for counter staff will be rolled out gradually starting late Feb-ruary 2017 (photos can be downloaded from the SBB Media Center).

SBB Cargo to modernise its range of services.

The opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel will not only improve passenger services, it will also result in more train paths for freight services. A total of 160 freight trains can currently travel on the Gotthard north-south axis every day, but this number will increase to 210 on 11 December 2016. SBB is also making improvements to its wagonload freight. With effect from the timetable change on 11 December 2016, freight services will follow a regular timetable with three handling stages in the marshalling yards. This will allow freight customers to benefit from more frequent services as well as more overnight express shipments. SBB Cargo accounts for 25 percent of all road/rail transport volume in Switzerland, which means it plays a key role in supplying Swiss firms.

New features on the SwissPass.

The SwissPass keeps on developing. Since 1 November 2016, customers with a Half-Fare travelcard on their SwissPass have been able to leave the card in their pocket or bag and simply show their e-ticket. From 1 April 2017, it will also be possible to add the modular travelcard as well as monthly and annual travelcards from the two fare networks Mobilis and Unireso to the SwissPass.

Partner services are also being expanded further: from the next skiing season onwards, winter sports enthusiasts will be able to use their SwissPass at Ticketcorner’s ski resort partners and benefit from Snow’n’Rail offers at some 70 ski resorts in Switzerland. In addition, Europcar, Hotelcard, Swiss Rent a Ski and Greenmotion have signed up as SwissPass service partners.

Price examples, standard fare.

  • The price of 1st and 2nd class single tickets is being increased by an average of 2.5 percent.  

Return ticket with Half-Fare travelcard Currently
From 11 December 2016
  1st class 2nd class 1st class 2nd class
Basel SBB–Zurich main station 58 33 60 34
Zurich main station–Bern 88 50 90 51
Zurich main station–Lugano 112 64 116 66
Zurich main station–St. Gallen 53 30 55 31
Lausanne–Fribourg 44 25 46 26
Bern–Geneva 88 50 90 51

Half-Fare travelcards.

  • No price increases.

GA travelcards.

  • The price increases across all types of GA travelcard will average 4.2 percent.

GA travelcard paid for annually
1st class
Currently
From 11 December 2016 Increase in CHF Increase in %
GA travelcard for adults 5,970 6,300 330 5.5
GA travelcard for young adults/students 4,430 4,520 90 2.0
GA travelcard for senior citizens 4,635 4,840 205 4.4
GA travelcard for the disabled 3,870 4,050 180 4.7
Family GA travelcard for spouses 3,335 3,520 185 5.5
Family GA travelcard for children 2,705 2,760 55 2.0
Family GA travelcard for young adults 2,735 2,790 55 2.0
Duo Partner GA travelcard 4,115 4,340 225 5.5
GA travelcard for children 2,705 2,760 55 2.0

GA travelcard paid for annually
2nd class
Currently
From 11 December 2016 Increase in CHF Increase in %
GA travelcard for adults 3,655 3,860 205 5.6
GA travelcard for young adults/students 2,600 2,650 50 1.9
GA travelcard for senior citizens 2,760 2,880 120 4.3
GA travelcard for the disabled 2,370 2,480 110 4.6
Family GA travelcard for spouses 2,060 2,180 120 5.8
Family GA travelcard for children 665 680 15 2.3
Family GA travelcard for young adults 905 925 20 2.2
Duo Partner GA travelcard 2,560 2,700 140 5.5
GA travelcard for children 1,615 1,645 30 1.9
GA travelcard for dogs 780 805 25 3.2

GA paid for monthly 1st class Currently
From 11 December 2016 Increase in CHF Increase in %
GA travelcard for adults 525 545 20 3.8
GA travelcard for young adults/students 395 405 10 2.5
GA travelcard for senior citizens 415 430 15 3.6
GA travelcard for the disabled 345 355 10 2.9
Family GA travelcard for spouses 300 310 10 3.3
Family GA travelcard for children 250 250 - 0
Family GA travelcard for young adults 250 255 5 2.0
Duo Partner GA travelcard 370 380 10 2.7
GA travelcard for children 250 250 - 0

GA travelcard paid for monthly 2nd class Currently
From 11 December 2016 Increase in CHF Increase in %
GA travelcard for adults 330
340
10
3.0
GA travelcard for young adults/students 240
245 5
2.1
GA travelcard for senior citizens 250
260 10 4.0
GA travelcard for the disabled 220
225 5
2.3
Family GA travelcard for spouses 195
200 5
2.6
Family GA travelcard for children 75
75 - 0
Family GA travelcard for young adults 95
95 -
0
Duo Partner GA travelcard 235
245 10
4.3
GA travelcard for children 155
160 5
3.2

1-day travelpasses.

  • 1-day travelpass prices are being increased by an average of 3.6 percent.

1-day travelpass, 1st class Currently From 11 December
2016
Increase in CHF Increase in %
1-day travelpass for the Half-Fare travelcard 124 127 3 2.4
9 o’clock travelpass for the Half-Fare travelcard 96 96 - 0
Multipack of 1-day travelpasses for the Half-Fare travelcard 620 635 15 2.4
Multipack of 9 o’clock travelpasses for the Half-Fare travelcard 480 480 - 0
1-day travelpass for children 32 32 - 0

1-day travelpass, 2nd class Currently From 11 December
2016
Increase in CHF Increase in %
1-day travelpass for the Half-Fare travelcard 73
75
2
2.7
9 o’clock travelpass for the Half-Fare travelcard 58
58
- 0
Multipack of 1-day travelpasses for the Half-Fare travelcard 365
375
10 2.7
Multipack of 9 o’clock travelpasses for the Half-Fare travelcard 290
290
- 0
1-day travelpass for children 16
16
- 0
1-day travelpass for dogs 35 35 - 0

Class upgrade Currently From 11 December
2016
Increase in CHF Increase in %
1-day class upgrade 51 52 1 2.0
Multipack of 1-day class upgrades 255 260 5 2.0
Class upgrade from 9 a.m. 38 38 - 0
Multipack of class upgrades from 9 a.m. 190 190 - 0

1-month travelpass for the Half-Fare travelcard Currently From 11 December
2016
Increase in CHF Increase in %
1-month travelpass for the Half-Fare travelcard, 1st class 670
690
20
3.0
1-month travelpass for the Half-Fare travelcard, 2nd class 410
420
10
2.4

Monthly class upgrade for the GA travelcard (1–11 months) Currently From 11 December
2016
Increase in CHF Increase in %
Monthly class upgrade, standard fare 215 225 10 4.7
Monthly class upgrade, reduced fare 160 165 5 3.1

Municipal 1-day-travelpass Currently From 11 December
2016
Increase in CHF Increase in %
  13,300 14,000 700 5.3

Bicycle tickets.

  • First price increases since 2010.

Ticket type Currently From 11 December
2016
Increase in CHF Increase in %
1-day bike pass, reduced fare 12 13
1 8.3
1-day bike pass, standard fare 18 20 2
11.1
1-day bike pass multipack 72 78
6 8.3
Annual bike pass 220 240 20 9.1

Pricing examples featuring model customers.

Example 1 Model customer with Half-Fare travelcard and the “average” pattern of travel:
– 1 adult Half-Fare travelcard at the loyalty price (not buying for the first time),
– 6 return journeys a year in 2nd class (e.g. Biel/Bienne–Lausanne).

 

Current price

New price

Increase in CHF

Increase in %

Half-Fare travelcard (loyalty price)

165

165

-

-

2nd class tickets

210

(6x35)

216

(6x36)

6

2.9 *

Total per year

375

381

6

1.6

Example 2 Model family with the “leisure” pattern of travel:
– 2 adults with Half-Fare travelcards bought for the first time,
– each taking 6 return journeys a year for pleasure in 2nd class (e.g. Zurich main station –Bern),
– 1 child with Junior travelcard.

 

Current price

New price

Increase in CHF

Increase in %

Half-Fare travelcard (bought for the first time)

370 (2x185)

370 (2x185)

-

-

2nd class tickets

600

(12x50)

612

(12x51)

12

2.0 *

Junior travelcard

30

30

-

-

Total

1,000

1,012

12

1.2

*Figures differ from the average 2.9% due to rounding

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Contact.

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