What is the latest travel news on Switzerland's Gotthard tunnel?

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What is the latest travel news on Switzerland's Gotthard tunnel?
Repair works in the Gotthard tunnel are ongoing. Photo: SBB media

The tunnel, which connects German-speaking Switzerland with the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino, closed to rail traffic in August 2023, after a freight train came off the track.


The Gotthard is part of a north-south axis from Germany to Italy and, as such, it is a key route for international passenger travel, as well as for transporting goods by train. 

After the accident on August 10th last year, it was closed to all rail traffic while substantial repair works were undertaken.

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In the meantime, both InterCity and EuroCity trains that usually circulated through the tunnel were diverted via the Gotthard panorama route, increasing travel times by about an hour.

Some trains were cancelled altogether.

What is the situation now?

The tunnel re-opened, but only partially, on September 29th, allowing a limited number of trains to travel through.

Since Sunday, December 10th, 31 trains have been running, on weekends only, via the Gotthard tunnel, according to national railway company, SBB.

Then, from December 22nd, passengers domiciled in Ticino only, who have the Night Travelcard subscription, have been able to use the trains for journeys from the north portal towards Ticino, and vice-versa.

Rail ravel through the tunnel still very limited, however, and remains closed to further train traffic while the works are still under way.


When will normal traffic resume?

The current date for the re-opening is September 2024.

In the meantime, you can stay informed about the progress in the tunnel through these SBB updates


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