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Gotthard Pass route anniversary

For 100 years, Postbuses have been driving over the Gotthard Pass between Airolo and Andermatt.

In 1922, the first Postbus drove over the “King of the Passes”, the Gotthard Pass. Today, we transport around 27,000 passengers on the Gotthard Pass route from June to September. If you have not yet experienced it, then a Postbus journey over the Gotthard Pass or another Central Alpine pass should have a place on your wish list of excursions. 

The postbus services on the Gotthard Pass route are available to take you from Airolo and Andermatt to the top of Gotthard Pass. From 1848 onwards, mail coaches transported both post and people over the pass. Back then, the journey from Flüelen to Camerlata (Como) took around 22 hours. By 1870, around 70,000 people travelled over the pass over the year. Since 1922, Postbuses have travelled along this trading route, one of the most important between north and south. 

Airolo has been the meeting point of different cultures for centuries. And you’re reminded of this by the granite sculpture by artist Gianfranco Rossi at the southern entrance to the Gotthard tunnel. Discover a part of Ticino’s culture at the show dairy in Airolo – or better yet, enjoy a taste of the specialities at the adjacent restaurant.

The Gotthard, also known as the “King of Mountain Passes”, is reached via the extraordinary mountain road with views of the old Tremola route (PostBus stop Gotthard Passhöhe). The Tremola is the longest road construction monument in Switzerland. It was built around 1830, rebuilt in 1951 and is currently under reconstruction again. The most spectacular part of the road is the section where it climbs 300 altitude meters taking 24 turns within 4 km.

In 2012, Sasso San Gottardo opened its historic Gotthard fortress and futuristic themed areas at the top of the pass. On top of the pass you can visit the futuristic displays at the Sasso San Gottardo exhibit and experience the historic Gotthard fortress. Discover the legend of the Gotthard! The existence of the Swiss Army’s defensive fortress deep inside the mountain was top secret until a few years ago. The fortress, once considered unassailable and described in the history books as the Swiss Redoubt, is now home to an amazing exhibition exploring sustainability and the myth of Switzerland. Travel underground with the Metro del Sasso to visit the famous fortress. There, deep within the mountain, history comes alive with gun rooms, ammunition depot and sleeping quarters. A tunnel leads to the outside where views of the spectacular mountains can be enjoyed from an unusual perspective.

The Gotthard region also offers hiking trails with fine views, such as a section of the Four Springs Trail.

The renovated modern St. Gotthard Hospice is a wonderful place to spend the night. It is the first known mountain hostel, established in 1237. The hospice was recently renovated by Miller & Maranta architects and is on the list of European cultural heritage. This historic site inspired and amazed notables such as Goethe, Cavour, Balzac and Petrarch. Let this mythical site steeped in history inspire you too.

Supersaver tickets

Supersaver tickets: benefit from supersaver tickets on this route. For details, see “Buy ticket”.

Competition

Competition
Enter our anniversary competition and, with a bit of luck, win one of these great prizes:

1st prize: A day trip for two people with the Gotthard horse coach service from Andermatt to Airolo
2nd prize: One-night stay incl. breakfast for two people at the Ospizio San Gottardo hotel 
3rd-7th prizes: Two admission tickets to visit the historic Sasso San Gottardo fort
8th-10th: A practical microfibre cloth from Sherpa (with the PostBus logo) for when you’re on the go

Additional information

Buy ticket

Buy your ticket from the SBB Shop or SBB Mobile app. You can also buy a ticket from the driver, at all ticket terminals, PostBus sales offices and at the counter of your nearest railway station.

Savings tip: next time you buy an online or mobile ticket, consider supersaver tickets. They allow you to travel on selected PostBus routes with a discount in relation to the standard ticket price. Available supersaver tickets can be purchased by clicking on Timetable or directly in the SBB app. The discount is indicated as a percentage.

Additional ticketing apps and online shops can be found in our overview.

Timetable / travel information

You will find the entire Swiss public transport timetable online here.

Timetable no. 62.110 Andermatt–Gotthard–Airolo

Route not open all year

Reservations

For groups of 10 people or more, a reservation is required on the previous day until 16.00 h at the latest. Tel. 0848 100 222

Seats are not guaranteed.

Bicycle transport

Bicycle transport fixtures available in/on the vehicle.
You can find more information at Biking and Postbus.

Space is limited. Reservations are required.
Bicycle reservation by 16.00 h on the day before travel, 0848 100 222

Wheelchair accessibility

Wheelchair access to the postbus guaranteed

Special comments:
Reservations are required. Reservation by 16.00 h on the day before travel, 0848 100 222

SwitzerlandMobility

Discover the Gotthard Pass-Route on foot

​or by bike

or by mountain bike

Contact details

Address

PostBus Ltd
Engehaldenstrasse 39
3030 Berne
Switzerland