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Make full use of your travel time – arrive relaxed.

Whether you want to work as you commute or travel to visit customers, or whether you just want to sit back and relax - travelling by train affords you the time to do so. Make the most of your time with our expert tips.

If you travel by car, you have to spend your time watching the traffic and concentrating on navigation. But there's another way: let public transport take you where you want to go and reclaim your journey time for yourself. In comparison with other modes of transport, such as cars or aeroplanes, almost all of the time spent travelling by train is time that can be used. Here are a few examples of activities and national and international connections:


Means of transport compared.

Some means of transport are better than others depending on what you want to do on the move. Use the following table to help you decide which one is right for you:

use the entire journey time
work on your laptop/smartphone***
use your telephone**
charge electronic devices
stretch your legs whenever you like
buy food/drinks whenever you like*
have private conversations

* on long-distance services

** with a hands-free kit

*** in flight mode

National journeys

FromToTravel time by train
Travel time by car
Usable time by train 1)Usable time by car2)
ZurichBern0:56 h1:22 h0:46 h0:08 h
ZurichSt. Gallen1:06 h0:54 h0:56 h0:05 h
ZurichBasel0:53 h0:59 h0:43 h0:05 h
ZurichLugano2:39 h2:11 h2:29 h0:12 h
GenevaLausanne0:33 h0:47 h0:23 h0:04 h
GenevaBern1:41 h1:36 h1:31 h0:09 h
LucerneBasel1:01 h0:59 h0:51 h0:05 h

1) Calculation utilisation time by train: travel time for each journey -10 minutes, changing -10 minutes.
2) Usable time when travelling by car: Various studies have shown that travelling by car offers virtually no usable time. Certain activities (e.g. holding discussions, using the telephone) can be carried out, but even these are restricted. Therefore, 10 percent of the journey time can be classed as usable time - this is after deducting two minutes each for getting in and out of the car.

Product specifications and timetable subject to modifications.

International journeys

Journey time by trainJourney time on a flight1)Usable time by train2)Usable time on a flight3)
BaselParis3:03 h3:30 h2:53 h0:50 h
BaselFrankfurt (Main)2:46 h3:15 h2:36 h0:50 h
BaselCologne3:52 h4:05 h4)3:42 h 0:50 h
ZurichStuttgart3:05 h3:10 h2:55 h0:25 h
ZurichMunich4:12 h3:30 h4:02 h0:40 h
ZurichInnsbruck3:36 h5:45 h4)3:26 h2:00 h
ZurichMilan4:03 h3:45 h3:53 h0:40 h
BernFrankfurt (Main)4:04 h4:05 h3:54 h0:50 h
BernParis4:03 h4:00 h3:43 h1:00 h
GenevaMilan3:53 h5:10 h3:43 h0:50 h
GenevaParis3:05 h3:20 h2:55 h0:50 h
LausanneParis3:39 h3:34 h 3:29 h 1:25 h 

1) Incl. check-in/check-out and transfer. Flight times are approximate and subject to change.
2) Calculation utilisation time by train: travel time for each journey -10 minutes, changing -10 minutes.
3) Calculation of usable time when travelling by aeroplane: flight time -20 minutes
4) No direct flights

Product specifications and timetable subject to modifications.