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About PostBus Ltd
PostBus is the market leader in public bus transport in Switzerland. As a company with a long-established history, PostBus has offered reliable regional passenger transport services for more than 115 years. Through its innovative solutions, PostBus is also responding to the challenges of the changing mobility environment and responding to the new needs emerging among customers and purchasing bodies.
PostBus operates regional passenger transport in 23 of Switzerland’s 26 cantons (the exceptions are Geneva, Uri and Basel-Stadt). With almost 1,000 routes, over 11,000 stops and a network spanning more than 18,000 kilometres, PostBus is the leader in road passenger transport. The purchasing bodies (cantons, municipalities) define its range of services and share the financial cost with the Swiss Confederation. PostBus contributes its expertise to planning and guarantees professional operations.
PostBus provides its transport services in conjunction with around 100 PostBus operators. These are private companies that perform around half of PostBus’s operations. In many municipalities, PostBus is also an important partner for local transport. In addition, PostBus provides reliable services for school transport, extra trips and rail replacement.
PostBus Ltd is one of five strategic subsidiaries of Swiss Post Ltd. It is wholly owned by Swiss Post and therefore by the Swiss Confederation. Along with the largest full-service fleet manager in Switzerland, Post Company Cars Ltd, PostBus forms the Mobility Services Group unit.
PostBus connects people and Switzerland. Thanks to its innovative and sustainable mobility and system services, PostBus remains competitive and asserts its position on the market - always in the service of passengers and the Swiss public.
PostBus Exploring and Walking
Many visitors to Switzerland enjoy getting out into the countryside for walks that combine beautiful natural sights and fresh Swiss air. The PostBus is a great way to get you to your start point - and of course to bring you home at the end of a splendid day's walking. The PostBus network connects seamlessly with trains, boats, cable cars and funiculars to ensure you can explore the country to your heart's content. Find out more about walking in Switzerland or browse through the fabulous excursion opportunities.
PostBus Stunning Scenery
There are many PostBus routes that pass beautiful landscapes. We are delighted to offer pre-bookable tours such as the Palm Express (for a two centre St. Moritz/Lugano holiday). There are many other examples: you could travel from historic Chur, past the Viamala Gorge, through the San Bernadino tunnel and on to the medieval castles of Bellinzona. Or how about the Beatenburg route, which departs from Interlaken and takes you high above Lake Thun to Beatenburg, where you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. The PostBus website offers plenty of recommendations for sightseeing across the length and breadth of Switzerland.
PostBus Route Network
Number of routes: 993
Network length in km: 18,026
Number of stops: 11,500
PostBus Passenger Transport
Passengers in Switzerland (in millions): 135.0
Passenger kilometres (in millions): 848.8
Number of vehicles: 2,370
Vehicle kilometres (in millions of km): 132.0
Total employees: 3,032
Total full-time equivalents: 2,578
PostAuto Switzerland, PostBus Ltd. (known as PostAuto Schweiz in Swiss Standard German (PostAuto AG), CarPostal Suisse in Swiss French (CarPostal S.A.), AutoPostale Svizzera in Swiss Italian (AutoPostale S.A.), and AutoDaPosta Svizra in Romansh (AutoDaPosta S.A.) is a subsidiary company of the Swiss Post, which provides regional and rural bus services throughout Switzerland, and also in France, Germany, and Liechtenstein.
The Swiss PostAuto service evolved as a motorized successor to the stagecoaches that previously carried passengers and mail in Switzerland, with the Swiss postal service providing postbus services carrying both passengers and mail. Although this combination had been self-evident in the past, the needs of each diverged towards the end of the twentieth century, when the conveyance of parcels was progressively separated from public transportation. This split became official with the conversion of PostAuto into a separate subsidiary of the Swiss Post in February 2005.
The buses operated by PostAuto are a Swiss icon, with a distinctive yellow livery and three-tone horn. The company uses an image of a posthorn as a logo on its buses and elsewhere. On some mountain roads, indicated by a traffic sign of a yellow posthorn on a blue background, the public transport, in particular the postal buses, have priority over other traffic and traffic users must follow instructions by public transport drivers.
1849: Creation of the postal network diligence.
1906: First service of PostBus between Bern and Detligen.
1919: Inauguration of the line crossing the Simplon Pass.
1921: Grimsel Pass, Furka Pass, San Bernardino Pass, and Oberalp Pass are open to traffic.
1923: A three-tone horn is installed on the buses travelling on mountain routes.
1949: The bus lines of the Principality of Liechtenstein are operated by PostBus.
1959: All buses are of the same yellow color.
1961: Last service of horse diligence on the line Avers-Juf.
2003: For the first time, PostBus carries more than 100 million passengers.
2005: PostBus Switzerland established as a subsidiary company of Swiss Post
2006: PostBus celebrates its centenary.
2011: PostBus launches free WiFi in Postbuses and becomes the first Swiss public transport operator to add fuel cell buses to its fleet.
Services are provided by PostAuto Switzerland, a subsidiary company of Swiss Post with its headquarters in Bern. The company is responsible for 869 bus routes with 2,193 buses in Switzerland, transporting over 140 million passengers annually on its 11,869 km (7,375 mi) long network. The routes are either operated directly by PostAuto itself, or by local bus companies under contract.
PostAuto offers extensive services in public, public-private, and private transit, including:
PostAuto: Bus lines (municipal, regional, long-distance, and vacation transportation)
PubliCar: Dial-a-bus service for lightly traveled routes
ScolaCar: Small buses for student transportation
PostCar: Tourist travel (chartered)
CarPostale France, a subsidiary of PostBus Switzerland, operated bus services in France. The company was headquartered in Lyon, with operations from Haguenau, in Alsace, to Béziers, in Languedoc-Roussillon. In September 2019 the business was sold to Keolis.
PostBus Switzerland also operates the bus service for Liechtenstein.
The German villages of Büsingen am Hochrhein (an exclave of Germany entirely surrounded by Swiss territory) and Randegg are also served via a connection with the Swiss towns of Schaffhausen and Ramsen. The German town Singen benefits from a connection to Switzerland via a PostBus service to and from Ramsen.
During most of the 20th century, PostAuto coaches were made in Switzerland by either Saurer, Berna, or FBW.
In June 2018, members of the Executive Board of PostAuto were dismissed by Swiss Post after PostAuto manipulated its accounting records concealing profits in order to collect excess subsidies.