The train is an attractive form of transport for leisure activities, travelling to work and business trips. The half-hourly frequency between the larger cities, direct services and convenient connections between regional and long-distance trains make journeys within Switzerland very flexible and comfortable. But we also offer the right mobility solution for you to travel jointly to or from an event in an environmentally-friendly manner together with your guests, allowing you to make use of the journey time or even turn the journey itself into an experience thanks to our special solutions.
Individual saloon or sitting carriages can be attached exclusively for you to a train running according to the normal timetable in Switzerland to meet your individual mobility requirements. To enable up to 1,200 guests to travel together, there is also the option of organising a special event train as a mobility solution. With a special event train, the entire timetable for your event can be drawn up individually. This means that interim stops for boarding and alighting can be taken into account or for journeys involving luggage sufficient time for loading and unloading the train. And the special event train will also take you and your guests back home again even when there are no more normal services running.
However, it’s often not just a case of ferrying guests from one place to another but also of making use of the journey time itself. Our special carriages and trains make this possible with innovative mobility solutions. For example, in our saloon carriages «Le Salon de Luxe» or «Le Salon Liberté» you can make use of the journey time for presentations, seminars or workshops followed by a business lunch. You and your guests can also travel safely and comfortably in the sitting carriages where you can work quietly, talk, prepare a meeting or simply relax.
We had the opportunity to plan and put into practice a nice example of this a little while ago: In the morning we picked up over 100 international guests at the airport with a special event train made up of our two saloon carriages «Le Salon de Luxe» and several first class sitting carriages for an incentive in Switzerland. The guests were divided into four groups and dispersed among the different carriages. One group was presented the company's new image film in one of the saloon carriages while at the same time a product training event was held in the other saloon carriage. Meanwhile, the other guests were served culinary delicacies in the sitting carriages. Afterwards the groups swapped carriages. After reaching their destination, they proceeded immediately to the organised activities there.
This mobility solution enabled added value to be created for the entire event: The guests were impressed by the organised journey in a special event train and did not have to change trains with their luggage. As it was possible to make use of the journey time, the entire event ran efficiently and there was more time left over to enjoy leisure activities.
You can also make use of our vintage stock such as the Red Arrow «Churchill» and the «TEE» or other historic trains for your mobility solutions. This will make the journey itself a moving experience thanks to these witnesses of Swiss railway history.
SBB is Switzerland’s most important provider of sustainable mobility. Rail travel consumes an average of four times less energy and emits 20 times less CO2 than a car journey. For instance, a rail passenger between Berne and Zurich causes 32 times fewer CO2 emissions and consumes 10.2 litres less fuel than a car driver making the same journey. Travelling by train relieves the environment. A significant reason for SBB’s outstanding environmental record is the fact that the trains are powered by electricity over 75 percent of which is generated hydroelectrically and therefore with a virtually neutral impact on the climate. And the high energy efficiency of rail travel is explained by physics: The electric motor of the locomotive effectively converts electrical energy into tractive power. When the train slows down, the kinetic energy is converted back into electricity and can therefore be used by other trains. This way and depending on the model, the trains feed between 20 and 40 percent of the energy they use back into the network.
SBB plans and organises cross-system concepts to enable you to travel from your home to the station and back again in a fast, comfortable and environmentally friendly manner. We do this by combining modes of transport in such a way as to complement each other optimally along the entire route. We can organise all modes of transport such as train, tram, bus and ship exclusively for you and your guests.