Swisstainable | Greener tourism

Switzerland Tourism's forward thinking programme for more environmentally conscious holidays

 

 

Thanks to Switzerland’s superb network of public transport which you’ll be using to get around - trains, buses, boats and mountain transport - our holidays are inherently eco-friendly.

Switzerland takes its green credentials seriously and through Switzerland Tourism's ‘Swisstainable’ programme, you can relax in the knowledge that long term commitments are increasingly being made by both travel and accommodation partners, with no compromise in quality.


Climate-friendly public transport in Switzerland

13 x more An electric car produces 13 times more CO2 than a railway

0.2% Railway traffic contributes only 0.2% to the total of CO2 emissions of overall traffic

90% SBB (Swiss Railways) operates with 90% hydropower

27 x less A train ride produces 27 times less CO2 than a comparable car drive

Only pedestrians and bicycles are more ecological than trains

Climate-friendly public transport in Switzerland

13 x more An electric car produces 13 times more CO2 than a railway

0.2% Railway traffic contributes only 0.2% to the total of CO2 emissions of overall traffic

90% SBB (Swiss Railways) operates with 90% hydropower

27 x less A train ride produces 27 times less CO2 than a comparable car drive

Only pedestrians and bicycles are more ecological than trains

 
Swiss public transport pioneers

SBB (Swiss Federal Railways) already generates 90% of the electricity needed for its trains from hydropower and should be 100% from renewable sources by 2025.

Rhaetian Railway, the operators of the world-famous Bernina Express, have been using 100% hydropower since 2013. 

The Gornergrat Railway transports you to wonderful views of the Matterhorn. Trains are equipped with 'recuperation brakes', converting the movement of the train into electrical energy which is fed back into the overhead line on the way down, ready for the next train going up! 

The e-PostBus transports you around the favourite resort of Interlaken in an environmentally-friendly way, charging its battery with renewable energy.

The majority of trams and trolleybuses in Switzerland's cities are powered by electricity: emission free and helping towards a quieter urban environment.

Swiss public transport pioneers

SBB (Swiss Federal Railways) already generates 90% of the electricity needed for its trains from hydropower and should be 100% from renewable sources by 2025.

Rhaetian Railway, the operators of the world-famous Bernina Express, have been using 100% hydropower since 2013. 

The Gornergrat Railway transports you to wonderful views of the Matterhorn. Trains are equipped with 'recuperation brakes', converting the movement of the train into electrical energy which is fed back into the overhead line on the way down, ready for the next train going up! 

The e-PostBus transports you around the favourite resort of Interlaken in an environmentally-friendly way, charging its battery with renewable energy.

The majority of trams and trolleybuses in Switzerland's cities are powered by electricity: emission free and helping towards a quieter urban environment.

 
Switzerland - leading the way to sustainability

Mobility Every day, 9,600 trains travel along the 3,000km of the SBB network. Even small and remote locations can be reached by public transport. 

Water Switzerland invites guests to swim in the middle of its cities – a truly unique experience in remarkably clean rivers. Boasting some 1,500 lakes, Switzerland is a land of water and is home to the sources of both the Rhine and the Rhône.

Nature conservation A total of 19 Swiss national parks make up more than one eighth of the country's land area (5,269 square kilometeres). For the past 125 years, the Swiss Forest Act has also been ensuring that 30% of Switzerland remains forested – and this number is rising.

Air The air quality in Switzerland is excellent. The country has long been appreciated as a spa destination with therapeutic effects - indeed the health-promoting climate of Davos’ mountain air was discovered as far back as 1853.

Food Compared to international counterparts, the Swiss consume the most organic products per capita. And Swiss retailers have been leading the international sustainability rankings for years.

Recycling Switzerland is one of the world’s leading countries when it comes to recycling and waste management, with almost 90% of PET bottles being put to new use.

Switzerland - leading the way to sustainability

Mobility Every day, 9,600 trains travel along the 3,000km of the SBB network. Even small and remote locations can be reached by public transport. 

Water Switzerland invites guests to swim in the middle of its cities – a truly unique experience in remarkably clean rivers. Boasting some 1,500 lakes, Switzerland is a land of water and is home to the sources of both the Rhine and the Rhône.

Nature conservation A total of 19 Swiss national parks make up more than one eighth of the country's land area (5,269 square kilometeres). For the past 125 years, the Swiss Forest Act has also been ensuring that 30% of Switzerland remains forested – and this number is rising.

Air The air quality in Switzerland is excellent. The country has long been appreciated as a spa destination with therapeutic effects - indeed the health-promoting climate of Davos’ mountain air was discovered as far back as 1853.

Food Compared to international counterparts, the Swiss consume the most organic products per capita. And Swiss retailers have been leading the international sustainability rankings for years.

Recycling Switzerland is one of the world’s leading countries when it comes to recycling and waste management, with almost 90% of PET bottles being put to new use.

 
 
Switzerland Tourism's tips for a sustainable holiday

For Switzerland Tourism, sustainable tourism doesn’t mean doing without, but rather travelling with greater awareness and appreciation. That’s why they offer the following recommendations: 

1.Enjoy nature up-close and at first hand

2.Experience local culture in an authentic way

3.Consume regional products

4.Stay for longer and delve deeper

Switzerland Tourism's tips for a sustainable holiday

For Switzerland Tourism, sustainable tourism doesn’t mean doing without, but rather travelling with greater awareness and appreciation. That’s why they offer the following recommendations: 

1.Enjoy nature up-close and at first hand

2.Experience local culture in an authentic way

3.Consume regional products

4.Stay for longer and delve deeper

 

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Travelling from the UK by rail

Although flights are only 90 minutes - making Switzerland a relatively eco-friendly destination to fly to  - you can also travel by rail from London via Paris. Even better for the environment! More details...

Car-free Swiss villages

We offer holidays in a number of car-free alpine villages. It is a delight to wander the traffic-free streets! Examples include:

WengenMürrenZermattSaas-Fee

Planning your ski holiday

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  • Airports around the UK
  • 1st or 2nd class rail transfers
  • 3 and 4 star hotel accommodation 
  • Flexible number of nights  
  • Room upgrades
  • Bed & breakfast or half board
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Scenic rail holidays

Ask us about the Swiss scenic rail journeys - a great way of combining resorts to create your own two or multi centre holiday
Glacier Express
Bernina Express
GoldenPass Express
Gotthard Panorama Express

Planning your holiday 2024

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  • Decide where you would like to stay
  • Choose your scenic journeys
  • 1st or 2nd class rail travel in Switzerland
  • How many nights in each resort
  • Decide on bed & breakfast or half board
  • 3, 4 or 5 star hotel accommodation
  • Plan visits with your Half Fare Card
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