Central Alps: Season opening for the longest bus journey in Switzerland
Press release, 22 June 2016
Travel in a Postbus on the four-pass route in the Central Alps on a journey lasting almost nine hours. The longest and most spectacular PostBus route in Switzerland traverses terrain at an altitude of over 5,000 metres. The season starts on 25 June.
PostBus route 682 is the direct service connecting the four Central Alps passes of Grimsel, Nufenen, Gotthard and Susten. The round trip from Meiringen lasts 8 hours and 45 minutes, making it the longest public transport direct service in Switzerland. Stops are made to enjoy the scenic landscape and architectural points of interest, and photography is an important part of the journey which takes passengers to an altitude of 5,183 metres. The season starts on Saturday, 25 June and runs until 16 October. The journey can also be shortened by omitting the Gotthard pass: the three-pass route via Susten, Furka and Grimsel lasts “only” five hours. Three-pass routes can begin and end at Meiringen, Airolo and Andermatt.
Alpine pass journeys are normal PostBus routes, with no additional charge payable for GA travelcard holders and 1-day travelpass holders. The season lasts 114 days, or 7,000 hours’ driving time. More than 100,000 passengers use PostBus during this period, some of them to travel the Central Alps routes. 2015 clocked an all-time record, with 116,494 passengers. Seven vehicles are in daily use on the Alpine pass routes, five of which are wheelchair accessible. The first Postbuses traversed the Grimsel and Furka passes in 1921, with Gotthard following a year later. The tourist road over the Susten was completed after the Second World War and opened in 1946. PostBus has been using this route ever since.
The opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel will result in changes to the Gotthard mountain route only from summer 2017. In the coming months, PostBus and its partners will develop the new service together.