Over the years, I have read countless articles about Americans wanting and NEEDING a massive, high-speed rail system. Obama wants major changes to the public transport systems, but he will not get it. Ummm. He has also spoken of using the European transit system as an example. But unfortunately, the US doesn't believe in investing in its infrastructure on the same scale as most European countries. This is something an American tourist will spot the moment they land in most European countries. Things here are different, updated, and modern!
But of course this is Switzerland which means it will cost you your first born. Compared to Chicago, a
- CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) day pass is $5.75. A Swiss 1 day travel pass is 68.00 CHF ($71) for 2nd class.
- CTA monthly pass is $86. A Swiss monthly pass is 578 CHF ($603) for 2nd class.
But I love it and use it everyday. Did I mention that we get a major discount through my husband's job. FYI, the words major and discount are never used in the same sentence in Switzerland. So instead of paying the annual fare of 4850 CHF ($5057) for a first class pass, we pay about 20% of that. I love it!
Funiculars are rail lifts that used on steep hills. This is in the capital city of Bern.
photo courtesy of flickr
Cable car in Lugano, Switzerland
photo courtesy of europeforvisitors.com