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Boarding and alighting assistance

Assistance with boarding and alighting from trains.

On which trains can you request assistance?

  • On express trains (staffed trains).
  • Only in Support Stations. Support Stations are fitted with a Mobilift (yellow hydraulic lift).
  • On some regional trains.

Where is the meeting point for people requesting assistance?

  • Generally on the platform next to the Mobilift, 10 minutes before the train is due to depart.
  • On double-deck IC2000 trains, the meeting point is beside the first carriage (1st class), right behind the locomotive. This carriage contains a disabled toilet.

Who will be helping you?

  • The mobility assistants
  • Or the train crew (will arrive with the train. Please wait by the Mobilift.)
  • Or SOS Bahnhofhilfe staff (

These people have been specially trained in providing professional assistance.

Assistance from members of the public with boarding and alighting from trains.
Members of the public may also provide assistance with boarding and alighting from trains at all stations. SBB cannot accept any liability in the event of damage or accidents.

Transfer times.
Depending on the transfer distance, the minimum transfer times may not always be sufficient to ensure that you make your connecting train. Passengers with a wheeled walker will need longer to transfer between trains. The SBB Call Center Handicap will only accept requests that allow sufficient transfer time.

Hours of service

Service availability.

  • Express trains/RX trains with a train crew: The service is available from the first to the last train of the day.
  • Zurich S-Bahn (ZVV Handicap): The service is generally available on all trains running between Support Stations from 7.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. on the following lines: S2, S3, S5, S6, S7, S8, S9, S12, S14, S16 (Sat-Sun), S22, S26, S29, S30, S33, S35 and S41.
  • Private railways: Some restrictions apply to when the service is available and what kind of assistance can be provided.
  • You can find out more detailed information on service availability from the SBB Call Center Handicap.

Group travel

Group journeys involving a wheelchair user.

  • Please let us know when booking your journey that a member of your party will be using a wheelchair. We can then reserve seats in a coach with a wheelchair compartment.
    Please also request assistance for your journey from the SBB Call Center Handicap.

Groups travelling with several wheelchair users.

  • The long-distance double-deck IC2000 trains can accommodate up to ten wheelchair users travelling together (carriage right behind the locomotive).
  • On board all other trains, groups will only be able to travel in different compartments or split across several trains, depending on the size of the group.
  • SBB owns two special carriages for wheelchair users travelling in groups. These can be hired for an all-inclusive fee that varies depending on the distance travelled. For a quotation, please contact Rail Service 0900 300 300 (CHF 1.19/min. from the Swiss fixed-line network) or ask at your station.

Dimensions for wheelchairs

Maximum dimensions and weight for wheelchairs.

To be able to accommodate you in our wheelchair compartments, your wheelchair must not exceed the following dimensions:

  • Width: 70 cm
  • Length: 120 cm
  • Height 137 cm 
  • Weight: 300 kg (max. load for the Mobilifts)

Boarding and alighting assistance for larger and/or heavier wheelchairs is not possible as a rule.



SBB Call Center Handicap 
0800 007 102 
Toll-free in Switzerland 
(from 6 to 22) 

Direct dial from abroad: 
+41 (0)51 225 78 44