Rumour mill: CFF reportedly paid CHF20m by Apple


ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss-German media rumour mill has it that Apple paid the CFF rail company CHF20 million in license fees for the use of the iconic Swiss rail clock. The design was included by Apple on its iOS6 for iPhones and iPads, launched in September. The two companies had legal discussions after Apple […]

Park and ride for easy commute

If you commute or travel by train but need to drive to the station, chances are you can park for free or reserve a parking spot through the Park+Rail programme of Swiss rail company CFF. Check their website, in English, and enter your station to see what your options are. Unfortunately, not all stations are […]

Get long trains and you have to get long buildings, Zurich learns


ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The first shovel of dirt was lifted 16 March for the new Herdern train storage shed in Zurich, a visible sign of how growing rail traffic is affecting Switzerland. The CFF rail company today carries 40 percent more passengers than in 2004 and one of the solutions to handle the continual growth […]

Bern gives transalpine rail cargo aid to offset high Swiss franc

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Four rail groups are receiving CHF21 million in aid from the Swiss government to offset some of the losses they suffered in 2011 due to the rapid increase in the value of the Swiss franc during the year. All four provide transalpine shipping and use combined or piggyback cargo transport, carrying trucks […]

New train fines bringing in CHF72,000 a day


Lausanne-Geneva train traffic to grow 35% in next three years GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The additional CHF90 fine that went into effect 11 December for CFF rail travelers taking the train without a ticket has resulted in half a million francs in additional revenue in 10 days, according to Zurich’s NZZ newspaper 21 December. The CFF’s […]

Two new names for old train stops in Geneva


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Check your train schedules carefully in the next few weeks if you’re used to stopping at either Cointrin or Vernier-Meyrin on the Geneva-La Plaine route, for both are changing their names. The stops’ new names go into effect with the new CFF Swiss rail schedule 11 December. Cointrin will in future be […]

New train schedule offers better links, mobile connections improved


BERN, SWITZERLAND – The 2012 train schedule that goes into effect 11 December will offer travellers better connections for trips abroad. Some parts of the Lake Geneva region will also see improvements. But the best news for many working travellers is that mobile connections are being improved, as is the online sales service. The CFF […]

Seated bags to require Swiss train tickets

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Watch where you set your bag on Swiss trains starting 11 December when the new timetable and new rules come into effect. More and more Swiss are taking the train, a mostly good thing, but for anyone traveling with a bag during peak hours, a new rule could be costly: if you […]

The next time your Swiss train is late, consider this

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The main reaction was somber silence when the train conductor announced that the train from Lucerne would be arriving 14 minutes late in Bern. In German and French he said that the lateness was due to a “person incident” rail-speak for an accident that is most likely a suicide, someone jumping or […]

Swiss train trial for hybrid locomotives succeeds

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ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – A 4,000 ton annual reduction in CO2 and a significant improvement in maintenance costs: Swiss cargo trains will have 30 hybrid locomotives starting in 2013, the CFF rail company has announced. The new engines are made by Stadler Winterthur, whose director, Hartmut Dietrich, calls them “the most modern and most innovative on the […]