Vienna/Zurich (OTS) – With public transport, guests can travel to and through Switzerland in a relaxed manner – and in a truly climate-friendly way. In addition to means of transport that are environmentally friendly on the road, there are many other examples and offers for sustainable mobility. These also make traveling to and through Switzerland a special experience.
Where transport is “swisstainable”.
Sustainable, regional, authentic: that’s how today’s guest wants to vacation. In Switzerland, real sustainability has already been lived for decades. In renowned global rankings, Austria’s western neighbor is always right at the top. The “swisstainable” initiative launched by the national marketing organization Switzerland Tourism brings together the best existing examples and provides communication support for new, promising projects. Transport, a central component of tourism, has been one of the sustainable drivers in the industry in Switzerland for over a hundred years.
SBB – the largest provider of sustainable mobility in Switzerland.
Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) already generates 90 percent of the electricity for its trains from hydropower. By 2025, even completely. Other energy-saving measures such as adaptive steering, also known as “green wave,” contribute to environmental protection. The system provides driving recommendations to the locomotive crew so that they can avoid unplanned stops before stop signals. As a result, trains run more smoothly, are more energy-efficient and conserve materials. Passengers also enjoy a more pleasant ride.
Rhaetian Railway – with hydropower on rails.
At the Rhaetian Railway (RhB), the operator of the world-famous Bernina Express, great importance is attached to the origin of the energy sourced and further development in the area of sustainability. The RhB has already been sourcing 100 percent of the electrical energy for its traction units and real estate from hydropower since 2013. The first hydroelectric power plant to operate public transport was built on the Bernina Pass in 1910.
Gornergrat Bahn: energy production during the descent.
In Zermatt, travelers comfortably board the mountain railroad that takes them up to Gornergrat with the best view of the Matterhorn. The trains of the Gornergrat Bahn are equipped with a recuperation brake. Thanks to this, the kinetic energy of the trains is converted into electrical energy. During the descent, energy is fed back into the catenary system. This energy is then available to other vehicles for the uphill journey. The energy recovered from three downhill runs can then be used to power up to two trains traveling uphill. [www.myswitzerland.com/de-at/erlebnisse/gornergrat/]
Electric PostBus – Experience Interlaken sustainably
With the electric bus from PostBus, visitors can discover the mountain and lake-rich vacation destination in comfort and in an environmentally friendly way. PostBus uses only renewable energy to charge the battery and accesses natural resources such as local hydropower. Another advantage: electric buses run much more quietly. [www.postauto.ch/de/alternative-antriebe]
Traveling by train: Comfortable and convenient to Switzerland.
Not only public transport within Switzerland enjoys an excellent reputation, but also arriving by train from neighboring countries leaves nothing to be desired. Regular direct ÖBB connections take guests right to the center of Swiss cities.
Every two hours to Switzerland – Arriving from Austria.
From one cultural city to the next quickly and comfortably. The Railjet, the comfort train of ÖBB, brings travelers from Vienna, Linz, Salzburg or Innsbruck several times a day, every two hours to Zurich, from where you have optimal connections to many other destinations in Switzerland. With the Eurocity “Transalpin” you can already enjoy the magnificent landscape of the Alps from Graz in the panorama car on arrival. With the inexpensive ÖBB-Sparschiene tickets, you can travel from as little as € 19.90.
Sleepily to your destination – With the night trains comfortably and climate-friendly through Europe.
Networked at the heart of Europe: Zurich is currently the second largest hub for overnight traffic in Europe, just behind Vienna. Guests arrive in Switzerland directly from Vienna, Graz, Budapest, Prague, Zagreb, Hamburg and Berlin – and back, of course. All asleep and in maximum comfort.
Get on in Vienna, get off in Zurich – right in the city center. Traveling on night trains is that easy. During the journey, you can dream away comfortably in the sleeping, couchette or seating cars. Depending on the class of travel, guests benefit from different services such as breakfast, free mineral water, service at their seat or different levels of seating comfort.
Thanks to the night trains, passengers not only save time and overnight costs, but also travel in a particularly climate-friendly way. According to SBB estimates, the savings on existing night train services from Switzerland amount to around 50,000 tons of Co2 per year. This is roughly equivalent to the annual Co2 emissions of 30,000 cars.
By expanding the European night train network in recent years, we have not only become the largest provider of night trains in Europe, but the night train has now become a clear alternative to air travel,” says ÖBB Personenverkehr AG board member Sabine Stock. “Here, Zurich with its many connections has also contributed significantly to the fact that residents:in Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands or Austria can confidently do without the plane for their trip to Europe.” [https://www.nightjet.com/] (https://www.nightjet.com/)
For more information, visit [MySwitzerland.com/bahnreise]
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