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Getting to Switzerland

Getting There by Air
The national airline is Swiss (LX) (website: Approximate Flight Times from London to Basle, Bern, Geneva or Zürich is 1 hour 50 minutes. From New York to Geneva is 9 hours 45 minutes and to Zürich is 7 hours 20 minutes.

Getting There by Rail
Travelling from the UK, the quickest way is to travel by Eurostar through the Channel Tunnel to Paris (journey time – 2 hours 40 minutes) and, from there, to Switzerland. For further information and reservations contact Eurostar (tel: 0870 518 6186, in the UK or +44 1233 617 575, outside the UK; website:; or Rail Europe (tel: 0844 848 4064, in the UK; website:

Other connections from London via the main channel crossings are available (minimum journey time of about 14 to 15 hours to Basle and Lausanne, the main points of entry). There are also through trains from Spain, Italy and Germany.
Rail Passes
InterRail: offers unlimited first- or second-class travel in up to 30 European countries for European residents of over six months with two pass options. The Global Pass allows travel for 22 days, one month, five days in 10 days or 10 days in 22 days across all countries. The One-Country Pass offers travel for three, four, six or eight days in one month in any of the countries except Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro. Travel is not allowed in the passenger's country of residence. Travellers under 26 years receive a reduction. Children's tickets are reduced by about 50%. Supplements are required for some high-speed services, seat reservations and couchettes. Discounts are offered on Eurostar and some ferry routes. Available from Rail Europe (website:

Eurailpass: offers unlimited first-class train travel in 17 European countries. Tickets are valid for 15 days, 21 days, one month, two months or three months. The Eurailpass Saver ticket offers discounts for two or more people travelling together. The Eurailpass Youth ticket is available to those aged under 26 and offers unlimited second-class train travel. The Eurailpass Flexi allows either 10 or 15 travel days within a two month period. The Eurail Selectpass is valid in three, four or five bordering countries and allows five, six, eight or 10 travel days (or 15 for five countries) in a two-month period. The Eurail Regional Pass allows four to 10 travel days in a two-month period in one of nine regions (usually two or more countries). Children receive a 50% reduction. The passes cannot be sold to residents of Europe, Turkey, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia or the Russian Federation. Available from The Eurail Group (website:

Getting There by Road
Switzerland can be reached by road from Austria, France, Germany and Italy. Some approximate driving times to Geneva and Zürich by the most direct routes are: Calais-Geneva: 12 to 13 hours (747km/464 miles); Dunkirk-Geneva: 12 to 13 hours (732km/454 miles); Calais-Zürich: 13 to 14 hours (790km/490 miles); Dunkirk-Zürich: 14 to 15 hours (880km/ 546 miles).

Coach: There are coach services to Switzerland as well as scheduled coach tour operators. Contact Switzerland Tourism for further details (see Contact Addresses). Eurolines (tel: 0870 580 8080; website: serves Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Fribourg, Lausanne and Bern from most major European cities (journey time from London - approximately 18 hours).


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Switzerland Facts

7,739,100 (2009)


Official languages:
German, French, Italian, Romansh


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