Switzerland's fully integrated public transport system is one of the most efficient in the world.
Travel within the country is expensive
Timetables often refer to Werktags (work days), which means Monday to Saturday, unless there is the qualification 'ausser Samstag' (except Saturday).
All local city transport is linked via the same ticketing system, so you can change lines on one ticket. Usually you must buy tickets before boarding, from ticket dispensers at stops. Very occasionally you can also buy from machines on board.
The Swiss rail network combines state-run and private operations. The Swiss Federal Railway is abbreviated to SBB in German, CFF in French and FFS in Italian. All major train stations are connected to each other by hourly departures, which are normally between 6am and midnight.
Smoking is banned on all trains and train stations.
Yellow 'postal buses' (Postbus in German, Car Postal in French, Auto Postale in Italian) supplement the rail network, following postal routes and linking towns to the more inaccessible mountain regions. They are extremely regular, and departures tie in with train arrivals. Bus stations are invariably next to train stations. Travel is one class only.
For those schlepping home late from a club or rushing to make a red-eye flight, there are several Nightbuses (0900 100 201;mct.sbb.ch/mct/nightbird in German & French) on weekends.
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