Travelling to large-scale events with SBB: 500 special event trains for event traffic in 2017.
Press release, 09.06.2017
2017, too, will be a challenging year for SBB with regard to large-scale events: From June to early September alone, it will be involved as a transport service provider in 250 events with almost 9 million visitors. Special event trains and additional coaches will be used for 85 events.
Yodelling Festival, Badenfahrt, Unspunnen Festival: This year, too, there are notable events on the agenda where SBB is involved as a provider of numerous transport services. At the Federal Yodelling Festival in Brig from 22 to 25 June, some 11,000 yodellers from all over Switzerland and a correspondingly large audience are expected to attend. SBB is deploying around 20 special event trains, and the public transport ticket is integrated in the price of the yodellers’ festival tickets. The Badenfahrt folk festival takes place in Baden every ten years, and this year it is time again: Approximately 1 million visitors are expected to attend, and 66 special event trains will be deployed to bring visitors to the festival and home again. The public transport ticket is also included in the festival pass in certain A-Welle zones. One week later is the Unspunnen Festival in Interlaken, which only takes place every 12 years. 150,000 visitors are expected; 35 extra trains between Bern and Interlaken and back will be deployed for the occasion; extra night services will also available in the region.
In addition to these large events, SBB will also play a central role at recurring events such as the Zurich Street Parade, the Greenfield Festival in Interlaken and Open Air Frauenfeld with its special event trains and additional coaches. There will also be numerous major concerts with up to 48,000 visitors taking place at Letzigrund stadium in Zurich and Stade de Suisse in Bern, including Depeche Mode, Guns N’ Roses, Robbie Williams, Justin Bieber and the Rolling Stones. A total of 500 special event trains will be deployed between June and September; approximately 1,000 locomotive drivers and customer assistants will work extra shifts so that customers can make it home in the late-night hours.
Plan the outward and return journeys well.
Many of these major events coincide with nighttime track maintenance work. Passengers are therefore advised to consult the online timetable before each journey and to use the special event trains whenever possible. The largest construction site that coincides with events is located in Lenzburg at weekends between 10 and 26 June 2017. Rail traffic on the Zurich–Basel and Olten–Bern axes is subject to considerable restrictions and timetable changes, depending on the date.