Discover Switzerland with Rail Europe

July 31, 2012

Switzerland, one of the most beautiful countries is easily accessible by train from France. With the TGV Lyria, a high speed train operating between France and Switzerland the travel duration is short between the two countries. From Paris Gare de Lyon in France, the TGV Lyria will take you to main cities in Switzerland such as Basel, Geneva, Zurich or Lausanne. The travel durations for the following routes are Paris – Basel (3h10), Paris – Geneva (3h05), Paris – Zurich (4h10) and Paris – Lausanne (3h44).


Geneva, the second most important city of Switzerland in terms of population size, is located in the French speaking region. The city of Geneva is an important financial centre and worldwide location for diplomacy. Several important international organisations have their headquarters in the Swiss city. Such organisations are the Red Cross, the UN, the World Trade Organisation, the World Health Organisation, the CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) where the Higgs Bosons was discovered.


Zurich is the largest city of Switzerland and the city stands out as one of the largest financial centre in the world – home to many banking giants. Zurich city is one of the wealthiest in Europe and has one of the best quality of life in the world. Using public is Zurich is very common. Zurich inhabitants use public transport frequently and the vast majority of visitors uses the tram or bus to visit the city. Using the local trains (S-Bahn) is also widely preferred. In fact the city is a hub for railways. Zurich Hauptbahnhof is one of the most important railway stations in Switzerland.


Basel is an important city in Switzerland, well known for its theatres and museums including the museum of Fine Arts. Basel is found in the German speaking part of Switzerland. It’s no surprise that the Basel Theatre was voted as the best stage for performances in German in 2010. The city of Basel is an important railway hub. There are three railway stations which are served by high speed trains as well as local trains.


Lausanne is located on the shores of Lake Geneva in the French speaking part of Switzerland. The city is internationally known for housing the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee. Indeed the city is known as the Olympic Capital. One of the smallest cities in the world to have an underground metro system, Lausanne is served by an extensive local and international public transport network.


The cities of Switzerland can be easily visited thanks to the extensive network of the Swiss transport system which included bus, rail and ferries. Travellers can obtain a Swiss Pass from Rail Europe to visit Switzerland at their ease.



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