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The Swiss Federal Railways runs a large network of rail connections and helps coordinate a bus system that reaches into just about every corner of Switzerland.

Timetables are available online as well as over a useful iPhone app that also allows for the purchase of tickets over the device using a credit card.

Many residents who frequently use the train system buy half-fare cards that give a 50% discount on journeys by most trains, buses and boats as well as discounts on some cable cars and special trains. Those who commute or travel by rail, bus or boat nearly every day opt for a “General Abonnement” (GA) travel card that allows for unlimited travel across the entire network.

Children under six ride for free. After that, a family card allows children to ride for free when accompanied by a parent. Passengers may bring bicycles and dogs on many trains for a fee.

Travelling with restricted mobility

Facilities and infrastructure for persons with disabilities have greatly improved in Switzerland in recent years. 

Persons with disabilities living in Switzerland have the right to a discount on the Swiss Federal Railways universal GA pass, depending on the severity and nature of the disability. You can find more information on the Swiss Federal Railways external linkwebsite.

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