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A world first: Starbucks takes to the rails.

Two Starbucks coffee houses are operating on the Geneva–St. Gallen line each day. In the world’s only travelling “Starbucks” cafés, visitors can relax in a friendly atmosphere and enjoy the famous coffee creations as well as hot and cold food. You’ll find a take-away outlet on the lower deck of the double-decker dining car, while there’s a table-service café upstairs.

Menu

Click here for the seasonal menu.

In addition to a selection of coffees and frappuccinos, Starbucks will be serving cold drinks, beers and wine, plus pastries and warm dishes. You can find the current seasonal menu here:

Starbucks is committed to responsibly traded coffee. That's why every coffee beverage served on the train is made with Fairtrade-certified Starbucks Espresso Roast coffee and includes only high-quality Arabica coffee beans. If you would like more information about Starbucks' coffee, you can speak to an on-board barista or take part in a coffee seminar at one of our regular coffee houses.

Tip: If you provide your own cup, you'll get a discount of CHF 0.80 per coffee.

Timetable

The two Starbucks restaurants operate on this route daily from 13 December 2015 to
12 December 2016.

Genève – Bern – Zürich - St. Gallen

Genève – Bern – Zürich - St. Gallen
Genève-Aéroportdep 

11.33

12.33

21.33

Genèvearr 

11.39

12.39

21.39

 dep 

11.42

12.42

21.42

Lausannearr 

12.18

13.18

22.18

 dep 

12.20

13.20

2.20

Fribourgarr 

13.03

14.03

23.03

 dep 

13.04

14.04

23.04

Bernarr 

13.26

14.26

23.26

 dep 

13.32

14.32

 
Zürich HBarr 

14.28

15.28

 
 dep

6.33

14.33

15.33

 
Zürich Flughafenarr

6.42

14.42

15.42

 
 dep

6.44

14.44

15.44

 
Winterthurarr

6.57

14.57

15.57

 
 dep

6.59

14.59

15.59

 
St. Gallenarr

7.35

15.35

16.35

 
      

St. Gallen – Zürich – Bern – Genève

St. Gallen – Zürich – Bern – Genève
St. Gallendep

7.25

8.25

16.25

17.25

Winterthurarr

8.01

9.01

17.01

18.01

 dep

8.03

9.03

17.03

18.03

Zürich Flughafenarr

8.16

9.16

17.16

18.16

 dep

8.18

9.18

17.18

18.18

Zürich HBarr

8.27

9.27

17.27

18.27

 dep

8.32

9.32

17.32

18.32

Bernarr

9.28

10.28

18.28

19.28

 dep

9.34

10.34

18.34

19.34

Fribourgarr

9.55

10.55

18.55

19.55

 dep

9.56

10.56

18.56

19.56

Lausannearr

10.40

11.40

19.40

20.40

 dep

10.42

11.42

19.42

20.42

Genèvearr

11.18

12.18

20.18

21.18

 dep

11.20

12.20

20.20

21.20

Genève-Aéroportarr

11.27

12.27

20.27

21.27

      

On the move in Starbucks on rails.

  • The Starbucks restaurant is located in the middle of the train between 1st and 2nd class.
  • A valid 2nd class ticket is sufficient to travel in the Starbucks restaurant.
  • In the restaurant on the upper deck we will be pleased to serve you at your table. In the take-away on the lower deck, you will be served at the bar.
  • It is not possible to reserve seats during the pilot project.
  • Signal boosters are provided to ensure a better signal for your mobile devices.
  • You can also find the Starbucks timetable on the SBB Mobile app under "More" > "Services".
  • Subject to change. No liability will be accepted for the details or services provided or for adherence to timetables.

Project

The idea of a joint initiative between SBB and Starbucks was born at the end of 2011, and in March 2012 the partnership was concretised as work on the pilot project got underway.

“We want to offer our passengers added value through innovative rail catering services. We want them to really feel at home on the move,” explains Jeannine Pilloud, Head of SBB’s Passenger Division. The company is constantly exploring new ideas in refreshments on the move. SBB has found the ideal partner in Starbucks: the world's largest coffee house chain is known not only for its wide range of hot and cold drinks, but also for its friendly atmosphere which invites guests to stay a while.

Engineers from SBB and designers from Starbucks have worked in close collaboration to create as authentic an experience as possible in the double-decker restaurant coaches. The greatest challenge was to reconcile SBB's strict safety standards with Starbucks' high design requirements in order to create an authentic atmosphere for passengers.

Switzerland and Starbucks have long enjoyed a particularly close relationship. The first Starbucks coffee house on mainland Europe opened in Zurich in 2001; international coffee trade flows through the SCTC (Starbucks Coffee Trading Company) in Lausanne; and Starbucks coffee machines all over the world are produced by the central Swiss manufacturer Thermoplan. This close bond with Switzerland is mirrored in the company's products. Starbucks' Café Crème is one of a kind and on offer exclusively to the Swiss market, while many other items, such as the Gipfeli (a Swiss croissant) and Gruyère Laugenzopf (a plaited bread with cheese) are made by local producers, using Swiss produce. Since the beginning of 2014, new additions to the menu have included Swiss beer and Swiss wine.

Making-of

FAQ

  • How can I pay? Using Swiss francs, euros, Reka Checks, credit and debit cards, and with SBB and Elvetino vouchers.
  • Is it possible to reserve seats? Unfortunately it is not possible to reserve seats during the pilot project.
  • Are regular vouchers and Starbucks loyalty cards (MSR) valid? SBB is a Starbucks licensee, therefore neither My Starbucks Rewards cards nor Starbucks vouchers are accepted.
  • Will I get a discount if I provide my own cup? Yes, CHF 0.80.
  • Can I collect points, and does SBB have its own Starbucks customer programme? We are not currently providing a bonus programme.

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