Switzerland’s long-distance bus lines fall victim to coronavirus crisis

The final two long-distance bus lines to serve Switzerland have been forced to close, blaming the coronavirus and a lack of government support for their plight.

As reported in Swiss daily 20 Minutes, Switzerland’s Eurobus and Austria’s Dr Richard have closed their Swiss operations. 

Eurobus managing director Philipp Vasalli told 20 Minutes that the coronavirus crisis has changed people’s relationship to public transport – with far fewer people travelling than only a few months before. 

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Vasalli also said that social distancing rules were impossible to implement in the narrow seats of the buses. 

The bus line also laid blame at the feet of the federal government, with whom they were unable to develop a strategy to stay in operation. 

Germany’s Flixbus remains the only bus company to serve Switzerland, however all of their routes head to international destinations. 

Passengers looking to travel across Switzerland will now only have the train as an option, which can be far more expensive. 

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