- With the timetable change on December 12, 2021, SBB will create additional and faster connections in Switzerland.
- In international traffic there is a night train to Amsterdam and a faster connection to Munich.
The demand in long-distance and regional transport is recovering, the need to travel more is gradually increasing, writes the SBB in a communication on the new 2022 timetable. that climate-friendly and traffic-free travel will become even more important in the future ».
Improvements for leisure travelers, commuters and winter sports enthusiasts
According to the announcement, leisure travelers and commuters benefit from various improvements in services. For example, the IC5 Geneva Airport – Zürich HB – St. Gallen hourly until after Rorschach extended. The exception is a connection from Monday to Friday, where you have to change trains in St. Gallen.
The innovations in the regions at a glance
The new timetable will apply from December 12, 2021. On its website, SBB has detailed all changes and broken them down by region. Here is an overview.
Winter sports enthusiasts can also look forward to: on the route IC3 Basel – Zurich HB – Chur between Christmas and Easter, for example, there is a continuous IC half-hourly service from Chur to Zurich on Sundays between 2 and 8 p.m. Thanks to the cooperation between SOB and SBB, there is now a direct connection from Bern to Chur via Burgdorf – Zurich – Ziegelbrücke. It is the IR35 line “Aare Linth”.
No more printed timetable
The demand for the printed pocket timetables has decreased massively in recent years, writes the SBB. In addition, construction sites led to replacement concepts at short notice. For this reason, and out of consideration for natural resources, SBB will refrain from publishing printed pocket timetables as of the timetable change.
The IC2 trains stop every two hours in the new Altdorf canton station in Uri. This creates new, fast direct connections from Altdorf to Ticino and to Zurich, respectively from 2023 Baselas the SBB writes.
New night train to Amsterdam, faster to Munich
Starting with the timetable change, SBB will operate a daily Nightjet connection with sleeping and couchette cars from in cooperation with ÖBB Zurich via Basel SBB and Cologne to Amsterdam. There is also an evening connection in the opposite direction.
Shortage of train drivers normalized by March 2022
Due to a lack of train drivers, rail traffic in western Switzerland was partially impaired. However, this fact will not have a direct impact on the 2022 timetable, SBB confirms. Although the situation is still tense, the 2022 timetable can be used.
Around 200 train drivers complete their training between September 2021 and March 2022, as SBB spokesman Reto Schärli explains. This will largely normalize the situation of the locomotive staff.
From spring 2022, enough train drivers would be on duty so that relief and training measures are possible. In addition, training courses on more vehicles and route types would begin in spring. Ultimately, this will again allow greater flexibility in terms of deployment.
The trip to Munich will be shortened by half an hour – subject to the timely receipt of the operating license. This will reduce the travel time of the EuroCity trains between Zurich and Munich with three out of six connections by half an hour, from four today to three hours and 30 minutes. From spring 2022, all EC trains will then travel from Zurich to Munich in around three hours and 30 minutes.
On the route Basel SBB – Bern – Brig – Milano Centrale According to SBB, there is an additional EuroCity in each direction every day. In the regions there are, among other things, new night and morning connections in German-speaking Switzerland, more capacities on the Simplon route and an expansion of regional traffic in Ticino.