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SBB moots free coffee for off-peak train users
The SBB is responding to complaints that trains are overcrowded. Photo: ZO/AvU

SBB moots free coffee for off-peak train users

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) is considering options to ease train congestion next year, including incentives - such as free coffee - to travel outside rush hours. READ  

Checking out snow sport alternatives to skiing
Photo: Jungfrau Railways

Checking out snow sport alternatives to skiing

You don’t have to ski to enjoy Switzerland in the winter. From snowshoeing to ski-jöring, non-skiers have plenty of ways to amuse themselves in the colder months. The Local's Caroline Bishop runs down some of the options. READ  

Snow shortage worries Alpine ski resorts
Skiers at Zermatt, one of the resorts faring better because of its high altitude. Photo: Zermatt.ch

Snow shortage worries Alpine ski resorts

With a little over a week until Christmas the continued lack of snow at top Swiss and other European ski resorts has caused a flurry of worries ahead of the key holiday season. READ  

Bomb threat disrupts Zurich airport flights
Photo: Roger Price

Bomb threat disrupts Zurich airport flights

A bomb threat caused flight delays and the partial shut-down of Switzerland's main airport in Zurich on Monday before security forces gave the all-clear, reports and officials said. READ  

Gotthard base tunnel set to open in two years
Map showing TransAlp rail projects, including the major tunnels. Image: Cooper.ch

Gotthard base tunnel set to open in two years

The Gotthard base tunnel, the longest train tunnel in the world, is on track to open in exactly two years, the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) announced on Thursday. READ  

Basel police conduct vision tests of motorists
Machine used to test driver vision. Photo: Basel police

Basel police conduct vision tests of motorists

Motorists who haven’t checked their eyesight recently or who have forgotten their specs better watch out if they are driving in Basel, where police are conducting random vision tests. READ  

Uber starts app-driven ride service in Basel
Photo: Uber

Uber starts app-driven ride service in Basel

Uber, provider of the controversial ride-sharing app for smartphones that offers an alternative to taxis, expanded its service to a third city in Switzerland on Thursday. READ  

Swiss public transport smart card set for use
Photo: SBB

Swiss public transport smart card set for use

Users of public transport in Switzerland will have access to a smart card that serves as an annual pass or a half-price card starting late next summer. READ  

St. Moritz second most costly for holiday stays
Locals in traditional costume trot through Saint Moritz in a horse-drawn sleigh procession. Photo: Christof Sonderegger/Engadin St. Moritz

St. Moritz second most costly for holiday stays

The Swiss mountain resort town of Saint Moritz is the second most expensive place in the world for tourist and business accommodation, according to the results of a survey released on Tuesday. READ  

Swiss petrol and fuel prices hit four-year lows
Photo: AFP

Swiss petrol and fuel prices hit four-year lows

The price of petrol and diesel fuel for motor vehicles has dropped in Switzerland to its lowest level in four years, a new report says. READ  

Swiss Michelin-starred restaurants on the rise

Swiss Michelin-starred restaurants on the rise

Switzerland remains the country with the most restaurants per capita awarded a Michelin star in the world, according to the publisher of the Michelin guide books. READ  

Cyclist on runway halts Zurich airport traffic
Photo: Roger Price

Cyclist on runway halts Zurich airport traffic

A 23-year-old cyclist evaded Zurich airport’s costly security system and pedalled onto a runway, bringing air traffic to a halt for around 40 minutes, according to a media report that is embarrassing authorities at the Kloten terminal. READ  

Strike grinds Geneva public transit to halt
SEV member Ana Belen Ceberra hands out information about union position before strike. Photo: SEV

Strike grinds Geneva public transit to halt

Public transport in Geneva ground to a virtual halt on Wednesday as streetcar and bus drivers walked off the job to protest budget cuts and planned job reductions. READ  

Seven-tonne boulder hits Swiss mountain highway
Photo: Graubünden cantonal police

Seven-tonne boulder hits Swiss mountain highway

The federal roads office is investigating how a seven-tonne boulder broke away from a hillside and ended up on the A13 highway in the canton of Graubünden. READ  

Geneva public transport strike set for Wednesday
Photo: TPG

Geneva public transport strike set for Wednesday

Public transport workers in Geneva have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a one-day strike on Wednesday to protest over budget cuts and the elimination of 100 jobs. READ  

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