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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 Zug

Public transport information for the Zug area is available from ZVB. There are various public transport passes which combine different cantons and cities. You can get a monthly Zuger Pass or an annual Zuger Pass Plus to enable travel on all buses and trains in the Canton of Zug. Local train stations provide more information. Single train and bus tickets are available from ticket machines or at the train station. 

Boats depart regularly from the town, visiting the various villages on the lake, and can also be hired privately. Visit the website to learn more about seasonal themed cruises, musical cruises, and family packages.

Night buses, known as the Zuger Nachtexpress, run at select times after hours on Friday and Saturday nights. There are also late night connections on the intercity trains between Zurich and Lucerne. There is an extra fee of CHF 5 for these late trains and buses. Purchase tickets before you board. 


Travel passes and basic tips

Several travel passes, including the Half-Fare pass, Junior pass, GA pass, day passes, and many more, are useful for individuals and families. Check out our 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 Zug

Like the rest of Switzerland, Zug is a great place to get around by bicycle. Visit VelolandBikemap and Routeyou to find national, regional, and local cycling routes in English, as well as maps and other useful information. From May to October bicycles can be hired in Zug, Baar and Cham at no charge.


Zug on foot

Zug is a small town and easy to navigate on foot. There are lots of walking routes in and around the city. The tourist office offers maps and walking tours in English to help you explore.

Read more activity suggestions in Enjoying Zug.


Parking in Zug

Parking can be difficult to find in Switzerland. For most street parking you need to buy a ticket from a machine to place in your window. Blue zones allow free parking up to 1.5 hours with a parking disc marking your arrival time in the window (buy this 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 in Switzerland. Engler

Author: Diane Häuptli

Diane Häuptli is a native northern-Californian. She is married to a Swiss and has two (now adult) children who were born and raised in Switzerland and who attended Swiss local schools. As an expat herself, Diane is fully aware of the challenges and needs of expats and is enthusiastic about helping expats relocate to the area of Zug and Lucerne. Diane has worked for Packimpex Destination Services in Zug and Lucerne for the past three and a half years.

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