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Switzerland is one of those countries where everything works—and this extends to its transport system whose trains, buses and boats purr in seamless harmony.  This guide, fully updated to include the latest route information, including the recent opening of the Lotschberg base tunnel, provides everything a traveller needs to negotiate both the famous landmarks and little-known secrets of this compact country. It describes every railway line, reveals what there is to see from each station, and details the ...

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Overview

Switzerland is one of those countries where everything works—and this extends to its transport system whose trains, buses and boats purr in seamless harmony.  This guide, fully updated to include the latest route information, including the recent opening of the Lotschberg base tunnel, provides everything a traveller needs to negotiate both the famous landmarks and little-known secrets of this compact country. It describes every railway line, reveals what there is to see from each station, and details the connecting journeys by steamer, postbus, funicular, cableway, bicycle and on foot.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The bible for travellers to Switzerland." Swiss Transport News

"The most comprehensive guide to Switzerland’s transport system and the best reading." The Times (UK)

"The most detailed and reliable on the shelf." The Bookseller (UK)

"This book is one of the best travel guides I have seen." Today's Railways

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841622811
  • Publisher: Bradt Publications UK
  • Publication date: 5/19/2009
  • Edition description: Fourth
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Lambert is a journalist and author with a keen interest in rail travel; he has travelled on over 40 countries’ railway systems. He is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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Why choose public transport?

Three factors combine to make public transport the best way to travel round Switzerland: the country has much of Europe’s finest alpine scenery, a good part of which thankfully cannot be reached by road; it has without question the best national public transport system in the world; and the Swiss Pass that entitles visitors to unlimited travel over most of the system, and discounts on almost all the rest, is very good value. This combination is enough to persuade many tourists to rely wholly upon public transport, but there are other compelling reasons for doing so.

Principal amongst the positive reasons is the pleasure of travelling by train in Switzerland. For those accustomed to public transport systems starved of investment, the Swiss Travel System will be something of a revelation: its every aspect seems to be designed and operated to a standard rather than a price. Most trains are modern, clean and punctual. Larger stations offer facilities that smooth the traveller’s path, such as luggage forwarding, cycle hire, money changing and a restaurant or buffet that is often used by locals because of its quality.

But what probably impresses visitors most is the way that Swiss public transport is planned to offer a seamless, integrated service. Trains connect with each other, buses meet and feed trains, and both are timed to complement a boat or funicular service. At each station, timetables give clear information about all local transport, walks are signed from most stations and many offer cycling routes.

 

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Table of Contents

(1)     Introduction 

(2)     Chapter 1 Planning a holiday

(3)     Chapter 2 Getting There

(4)     Chapter 3 Swiss Travel System

(5)     Chapter 4 Special Trains

(6)     Chapter 5 Walking and Cycling

(7)     Chapter 6 Zürich

(8)     Chapter 7 Around Zürich

(9)     Chapter 8 The Northeast

(10)  Chapter 9 Bern

(11)  Chapter 10 The Eastern Bernese Mittelland

(12)  Chapter 11 The Western Bernese Mittelland

(13)  Chapter 12 The Bernese Oberland

(14)  Chapter 13 Luzern

(15)  Chapter 14 Around Luzern

(16)  Chapter 15 Basel and the Northwest

(17)  Chapter 16 Neuchal and Jura

(18)  Chapter 17 Geneva and Lausanne

(19)  Chapter 18 Vevey and Montreux

(20)  Chapter 19 Southeast Vaud and the Valais

(21)  Chapter 20 The Ticino

(22)  Chapter 21 Graubünden

(23)  Appendix I Language

(24)  Appendix 2 Useful Addresses

(25)  Appendix 3 Further Reading

(26)  Appendix 4 Railway and Postbus Routes by Timetable Number

(27)  Index

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