Like everything else in Switzerland you’ll find that Swiss airports are efficiently integrated into the country’s public transport network.
Geneva and Zurich Airports — Connected by Train
It takes 7 minutes from/to Geneva city center by train with 4 departures every hour. The airport railway station has direct access to the airport Check-in and Arrival levels. All trains stop at Geneva CFF which is the main train station located in the city center.
The international Zurich Airport is considered one of the world’s best airports (recipient of the World Travel Award and Business Traveler Award). It takes 11 minutes from/to Zurich by train with trains operating every 10-15 minutes. All trains stop at Zurich HB which is the main train station located in the city center.
The main railway stations in Switzerland are more than mere stops where trains arrive and depart. They are also small “cities” offering everything you need for your journey. Where many shops are closed on Sundays and holidays in Europe, restaurants, sandwich bars, shops, books, newspapers, souvenirs and even specialized services such as hair-stylists and manicure parlors – all these are to be found at main Swiss railway stations, including Geneva, Lausanne, Zurich, St. Gallen, Bern, Lucerne and Basel. Swiss RailCities are open seven days a week, including public holidays.
Switzerland’s Most Popular Cities
Nestled in the heart of Europe, Switzerland is a country renowned for its unparalleled beauty. From the majestic Alps to pristine mountain lakes, charming villages and stunning vistas, the magnificent scenery is all easily experienced by train. But half of what makes Switzerland so unforgettable are the world-class cities and resorts within them.
Situated along the banks of Lake Geneva at the foot of the Alps, Geneva sparkles as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and a renowned cultural center. Offer your clients time to relax by taking a cruise on the lake, or by visiting one of the many parks; La Perle-du-Lac and Parc Moynier offer clear views of Mont Blanc, while Parc La Grange is Geneva’s largest lakefront park.
Geneva CFF main rail station offers easy access to anywhere in Geneva or Switzerland.
As a world-class business, financial and cultural center, only Zurich offers so much: the Bahnhofstrasse, for luxury and international fashion labels, jewelry and watches; historic Limmatquai; Fraumünster Church with its Chagall windows; the university district and amazing views. Over 50 museums and more than 100 art galleries, from lakeside bathing areas in the heart of the city, to a spectacular hike on Uetlibergmountain, to traditional guildhalls – like the ZunfthauszurWaag, open since 1303–are found here.
The Zurich Main Station centrally located and part of the Rail City network, has many shops for travelers to pick up souvenirs, snacks and other trinkets.
Montreux, framed by vineyards and the stunning spectacle of snow-covered Alps, enjoys an exceptionally mild climate making Montreux the unofficial capital of the Vaud Riviera. Cultural events, such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, feature the greatest musicians from around the world every summer. With countless excursion options to the mountains, countryside or lake, it’s no wonder Montreux is such a popular destination.
The Montreux Train Station is right in central Montreux, with frequent and easy connections to Geneva and Lausanne.
The car-free mountaineering and ski resort of Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn makes it one of the world’s most breathtaking vacation villages.
Encompassing 63 mountain railways and 224 miles of ski runs, this region, called “Matterhorn Glacier Paradise”, is Europe’s largest and highest lying summer skiing area. Add to that a cableway reaching Europe’s highest vantage point, and you have a panoramic vista of the Matterhorn and summits of the Swiss, Italian and French Alps.
Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland, is resplendent with majestic Alps and quaint Swiss charm. Equally impressive is its beautiful lakeside setting, its watchmakers, and its nearby excursions to Lucerne’s regional mountains, the Pilatus and Rigi.
The covered, medieval Chapel Bridge is Lucerne’s primary landmark, considered to be one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe.
One ever-popular excursion is to the Stanserhorn, by steamship cruise on Lake Lucerne. Once there, don’t miss CabriO – the world’s first double-decker open-air cable car offering 360° views on the way to Stanserhorn’s mountaintop, 6,234 feet up.
The Gotthard Panorama Express, a Swiss Scenic Train that also stuns, originates in Lucerne before ferrying its passengers to the foot of the Gotthard pass via Lake Lucerne and continuing by rail into Ticino, south of the Alpine ridge.
Lucerne can be found in central Switzerland, making the Lucerne train station easily reached from any city in Switzerland. Train travel in Switzerland is top-notch, and the Lucerne Bahnhof makes it possible for you to catch the connection you need to explore the Alpine country.
Reigning over Interlaken (“between lakes”) are three majestic mountains: Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Interlaken is an ideal starting point for countless excursions. Over 45 mountain railways, cable cars, chair lifts and ski lifts lead to 124 miles of ski runs and a dense network of hiking trails.The Jungfrau Railway takes visitors to the highest railway station in Europe and the cableway to the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant: two incredible experiences. Back down in Interlaken, there are two rail stations: Interlaken Ost/East (serving the mountains and Lucerne) and Interlaken West.
Bern’s medieval city center (the old town) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to one of the longest covered shopping promenades in Europe. And Bern houses no less than 114 Swiss heritage sites of national significance. It’s a picturesque city with massive protective walls, arcades, romantic alleyways, geranium-filled window boxes, and regal fountains that pay homage to the heroes and past historical events of Bern. Bern train station offers direct connections to the airports at Geneva and Zurich, plus cities in other parts of Switzerland and beyond.
Lausanne, the second-largest city on Lake Geneva, is a thriving cultural and athletic center that has served as home base to the International Olympic Committee since 1914. Built on three hills, it’s surrounded by a unique mix of vegetation and vineyard-covered slopes, with Lake Geneva a perfect mirror at its feet. Its medieval old town offers boutique shopping in the shadow of a jaw-dropping Gothic cathedral, the focal point of this mostly car-free section. It stands in sharp contrast to the athletic vibe that surrounds it both city and countryside.
The Lausanne Gare is Lausanne’s main train station, serving as an arrival and departure hub for many domestic and international trains.
Few places have the fusion of Lugano, seamlessly mixing expertise in finance, relaxation and luxury. The largest town in the holiday region of Ticino, it impeccably blends world-class banking with world-class spending, inviting everyone into its traffic-free historic town center. Equally luring? The stunning surrounds of numerous mountains that beckon all with a camera or a feel for beauty. Lastly, Lugano is renowned for hosting the Lugano International Film Festival, famous for its outdoor screenings for 8,000 film buffs in the largest town square in Switzerland.
Lugano railway station is the main railway station in Lugano, West of the downtown area, a scenic funicular provides a direct link from the station to the city center below.
Broc is home to the Nestle chocolate factory in the district of Gruyère. Gruyère is known for the tasty cheese. It’s practically a fondue! Good taste abounds everywhere, starting with the Chocolate Train and a choice of travel in a vintage “Belle Epoque” carriage or ultramodern panoramic car with over-sized windows. This daylong excursion begins in Montreaux and takes visitors by train to Gruyeres, where they’ll visit a cheese-making factory and the Gruyeres Castle. Then comes some free time to explore medieval Montreaux before it’s off to Broc and a visit to the Cailler-Nestle chocolate factory. Sweet! A favorite trek for young and old, the chocolate train delivers the ultimate fulfilling Swiss experience.
The Chocolate Train is available for travel from Montreux to Broc. This train is only offered as a round trip excursion however you are only required to reserve your trip one-way and we’ll automatically reserve your return trip.The Chocolate train runs every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday in May, June, September and October and daily during July and August.