Using Lausanne as our base, we took off on our first day trip, testing the efficiency and punctuality of the Swiss transport system. Our destination for the day? Geneva. Most of you might be wondering why would I want to visit such a city when there are so many other interesting towns and villages to visit. My main reason was the United Nations, while the rest of the family wanted to do some shopping.
A quick check of the train schedule allowed us to hop onto one of the earliest non-stop train to Geneva. Don’t worry, there are plenty of choices even if you missed your connection.
Using the Swiss transport or actually any other public transport in Europe is pretty simple. Don’t worry about the number of lines or which colour are you supposed to be on first. The most important thing is to know where do you want to go, if possible, the name of the bus/tram/train/Metro stop. Then in order to know which direction on the platform that you are supposed to be on, look for the last bus/tram/train station that you are heading towards.
For example, I am heading towards Genève Nations from Genève Cornavin. From the schedule, there are two numbers that passes through my stop — a #8 bus and a #15 tram. I’m supposed to be heading TOWARDS Nations, so the last station would have to be AWAY from Cornavin. For the bus it was Genève OMS and for the tram, Genève Nations. Just my luck, I see the tram heading my way, usually the last station will be shown on the display at the front of the bus/tram.
Most of the time, the same numbered bus will also travel in the other direction, so saving you another hassle of looking at the map.