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Public transport in Switzerland is extensive, reliable, safe and easy to use. It is simple to get around without a car. Enjoy significant savings with many discounted passes available for youth, pensioners and families. Make sure to take advantage of day trip combination offers. Switzerland is also very bicycle and pedestrian friendly.

Public transport in Solothurn

All buses throughout Solothurn are operated by BSU (DE). SBB/CFF provides more information on public transport in Solothurn. Libero provides a network map. Moonliner buses (DE/FR) operate after hours on Friday and Saturday nights.

There are several boat cruises that pass through Solothurn, including the Three Lakes Tour, a trip on the Aare from Solothurn to Biel, and a sightseeing cruise around Lake Biel. Eleven is an important number in Solothurn and the city has its own boat trip named after its favourite number, the Öufi Boat.

 

The Canton of Solothurn is connected to several regional public transport networks:

  • Libero (DE) covers the cantons Solothurn and Bern.
  • A-Welle (DE) links areas of Solothurn with Aargau and Olten.
  • TNW connects Dorneck and Thierstein in Solothurn with Basel Stadt, Basel Land and Aargau.
  • Abo ZigZag (DE/FR) transport network links Grenchen in Solothurn with Biel-Bienne and the Jura region.
  • Tarifverbund Z-Pass (DE) connects areas of Solothurn with Zurich. 

 

Travel passes and basic tips

There are several common travel passes that are useful for families and individuals. A few include the Half-Fare pass, Junior pass, GA pass, and day passes. Check out this article on the Swiss public transport system to learn about standard regulations and ticket options. Also, keep an eye out for frequent seasonal and holiday offers from SBB/CFF

Here are a few helpful tips to get you started on Swiss public transport.

  • You must purchase your ticket before boarding (exceptions made for rural routes with no machine at the stop).
  • Children under six years of age travel for free.
  • Travelling with a dog: Dogs over 30 cm tall (about 12 inches) need to pay second-class half fare (there are also day cards and GA passes for dogs). Small dogs can travel for free in a carrier or basket.
  • Travelling with a bicycle: You are required to buy a supplementary bike ticket. You can bring your bicycle or unloaded bike trailers onto most SBB/CFF trains, private railways, and PostBuses. Folded bikes can be stored as hand luggage for free. Note: Capacities for bicycle transport may be restricted during peak traffic periods.
  • Utilise the excellent SBB/CFF apps for iPhone and Android.

 

Cycling in Solothurn

Like the rest of Switzerland, Solothurn is great for cycling. Pro-Velo Switzerland is the national cycling association of Switzerland and they will provide you with comprehensive cycling information. PubliBike is a national bike-sharing network. Visit VelolandBikemap, and Routeyou to find national, regional, and local cycling routes in English, as well as maps and other useful information.

Every year in May, Solothurn hosts Solothurn Bike Days, a festival on all things cycling. The Stork tour from Solothurn to Biel/Bienne is one of the region's most popular routes. Solothurn Tourism Information Centres have great suggestions for cycling tours in and around Solothurn (DE). 

 

Solothurn on foot

Solothurn is compact and its Baroque heritage is easy to explore on foot. Solothurn Tourism has good ideas for discovering the area, including themed city and heritage tours. 

Find more activity suggestions for Solothurn in Enjoying Solothurn.

 

Parking in Solothurn

For most street parking in Switzerland you need to buy a ticket from a meter to place in your window. Blue zones allow free parking for up to 120 minutes with a parking disc marking your arrival time in the window (pick up a free disc at the police station or buy one at the post office). You can also find parking at most main SBB/CFF stations. Mobility car sharing is a convenient and eco-friendly alternative to owning a car.

You may also be interested in the article Driving and owning a car

 

Photo:swiss-image.ch/Heinz Schwab

Author: André Hirschi

André works at Switzerland’s leading relocation group Packimpex, where he is Head of Relocation Services for German-speaking Switzerland. André grew up in Bern, Switzerland. In addition to his broad experience in relocation, he initially trained as a Chef, worked 13 years as a hospitality industry professional, and was Events Manager at Bern’s leading event location. André has done a lot of traveling, and he enjoys playing squash, tennis and sports in general, as well as meeting new people.

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