Travel: this interactive map shows direct trains from every Swiss city


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Demand for train travel has experienced a resurgence in recent years – a phenomenon that has been accelerated by the pandemic.

As a result, overnight lines – long or interrupted due to air travel – have become more popular, both for business and leisure travelers.

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Standard travel has also rebounded in popularity.

The following tool, developed by German computer programmer Julius Tens, shows you how far you can get from every Swiss city.

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There are of course more direct connections from major cities, but the map shows how connected Switzerland really is.

Simply enter the main train station in the city you live in and you’ll be presented with a map of your options.

Unfortunately, anyone who wants to emulate the Orient Express and get to Istanbul will not be able to do so directly from Switzerland (except for the expensive private options).

You can access the tool here.

Zurich

Zurich offers by far the most destinations of any Swiss city, which makes sense considering its size and location.

The connections to the east are particularly present in Zurich, with direct trains to Prague, Budapest, as well as several cities in Austria, Croatia and Slovenia.

Basel

Basel might not be Switzerland’s largest city, but its central location means there are plenty of far-flung destinations on offer.

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You can travel to Amsterdam, while Paris, Berlin and Kiel are also available via direct travel. In fact, it seems that there are more direct trains to German cities from Basel than from Zurich.

Trains from Basel

Geneva

Geneva, with its location to the west, does not offer as many trips to the north or east as Basel and Zurich.

Although you can travel directly to Paris and Lyon, it is not even possible to travel directly to Germany from Geneva.

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There are, however, a number of Italian destinations that you can travel to from Geneva (but strangely not Italian Switzerland – for that you will have to change).

Geneva

Lugano

Lugano does not offer as many direct trains as other Swiss cities. In fact, apart from Switzerland, the only other places where you can travel directly to Italy.

Venice, Milan, Genoa, and Verona are just a few of your options in Italy, while you can also head to Zurich, Basel, and a handful of other Swiss cities.

However, to get to Geneva you will need to change trains.

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