Hi I am planning a trip to Switzerland in September and have read so much about the trains. However, I was wondering for example: my flight will land in Zurich and am planning to go to St Moritz or Schaffhausen for the Rhine fall.
I know there will be trains from Zurich to Schaffhausen. However, I can't seem to find any information on how can I move about once I arrive in Schaffhausen.
Maybe you can help me understand more?
1. Are there train services in the city of Schaffhausen itself too? Or what kind of transport is available for me to move about. Maybe even in other cities like Lucerne or Lugano?
2. Is there a website of the local transport service provider where their network map is indicated with the names of stations etc.?
Thanks a lot! Jaclyn
City Transportation Switzerland
Hello Jaclyn, I know it can be confusing planning city transportation. But don't worry, once you are in Switzerland, it's actually pretty easy. Generally speaking:
- Trains run between cities, towns and villages; - Postal busses between smaller villages; - Busses and trams run within cities.
You can get small schedule booklets (kind of a network map) at train stations (or tourist offices that are often located at train stations) to check connections within cities.
Or you can check connections via the official SBB time table, either online (link below) or upload their free app to your smart phone.
If you know the street address you can even check which tram or bus connects you from the train station to your final destination.
For your example:
Rhine Fall Visit with and overnight in Schaffhausen The train from Zürich Airport will take you directly to Schaffhausen. Next day or same day if time permits, take the bus from the train station in Schaffhausen to "Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall" and return the same way. Or - for a little adventure - take the Tourist Train from Schaffhausen to the falls and back.
Schaffhausen is a very small but quaint city, easy discovered on foot. But there are city busses too. So depending on where you will be staying you can find out the connection on the SBB (Swiss Railways) website. For example enter the street address too: "Zürich Airport" to "Schaffhausen, Schweizersbildstrasse 20" (if that is the street address of your hotel in Schaffhausen) and it will tell you which train/bus you'll have to take and how long it will take from the bus, tram or train stop to the hotel on foot. But do ask at the hotel you are staying at if they have a pickup service or if you'd be better off taking a taxi from the train station, depending on how much luggage you have with you.
Rhine Falls on a day trip from Zürich Board a train that will take you from "Zürich HB" (main train station) directly to "Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall" (change of trains in Winterthur), then continue from there via Schaffhausen back to Zürich HB. As for going to St. Moritz: Board the train at the Airport: Change of trains in Zürich HB (main train station) and Chur. Villages in the Engadin are connected by busses and/or trains.
If you travel with one of the Rail Passes, then city transportation is included on the day of travel. If you purchase a Half Fare or Swiss Card, you could buy so-called city tickets, available for larger cities and city transport is included too. If you purchase regular tickets while staying in cities you can buy tram/bus tickets at ticket machines (see video below).