To create better connections to the European high-speed network, the Confederation has so far invested about CHF 1.1 billion in the railway infrastructure. Where it is useful and in Switzerland’s interests, the Confederation has also contributed to funding extensions in neighbouring countries. This has shortened journey times between Switzerland and cities such as Paris, Lyon, Munich, Ulm and Stuttgart, sometimes significantly. For example, the journey from Basel or Zurich to Paris is now half an hour quicker than it was in 2011. The journey time from Zurich to Munich has fallen from 4 hours to around 3 hours and 30 minutes.