Welcome to the FOT

Gebäude des Bundesamts für Verkehr

Welcome to the Federal Office of Transport (FOT) website. The FOT is the supervisory authority responsible for public transport in Switzerland (railways, cableways, ships, trams and buses). Large areas of freight transport also fall within the FOT’s remit. The FOT is responsible for safety, finance and infrastructure, as well as the legal and political frameworks of public and freight transport.

In addition to basic information in English, the FOT website also provides comprehensive information in German, French and Italian.

In focus


Travelling safely by public transport

Behaving properly can prevent accidents, as proved by our “superhero” in the videos that you can watch and download at www.happy-end.ch.

Zwei Bahnarbeiter mit Maschinen auf Gleisen

Expansion of the rail network

The Swiss railway network is being further expanded through various programmes. The Federal Council has proposed projects to the tune of CHF 11.5 billion for the latest programme, Expansion step 2035.


The heart of the NRLA

The Gotthard Base Tunnel entered service on 11 December 2016 – the world’s longest rail tunnel and the heart of the New Rail Link through the Alps (NRLA).


Long-distance buses are a component of public transport

International and national scheduled bus services (long-distance coaches) supplement “classic” public transport in Switzerland.

Ein Kranwagen hebt einen Container auf einen Güterzug.

Shifting transalpine freight from road to rail

The FOT is implementing the Swiss electorate’s mandate to shift transalpine freight traffic from road to rail.


Energy Strategy 2050

One-third of all energy consumed in Switzerland is related to transportation. The Energy Strategy 2050 provides that the entire transport sector cut its energy consumption in half by the year 2050.