IR (Switzerland)

Swiss InterRegio (IR) trains live up to their name as they link Swiss Regions on SBB's network of mainlines, but they don’t tend to cover such long distances as the InterCity trains.

IR is used to designate a service and not a specific train - multiple different specific trains are used for IR services

The trains used can be single or double deck - the IR train services to/from Zurich tend to use double deck trains.

On some routes, including the Geneve – Lausanne – Montreux – Sion – Visp – Brig service - the IR trains are the fastest trains (excluding the international trains).

On this route the trains are usually formed of the same coaches as SBB’s single deck Intercity (IC) trains.

What all IR services share is that they don’t convey restaurant cars.

On the longer IR routes a catering trolley is usually pushed through the train to provide an at seat catering service.

On other routes, which they share with the IC trains, the IR trains are usually slower - as they stop at stations that the faster trains pass through.

From Basel, Bern and Zurich, the longer distance commuter trains are designated IR services – older green and cream coaches can be used on these trains.

Some IR services convey observation cars that can be used if you have a 1st class ticket or rail pass.

To/From Lugano and Locarno:

Now that the Gotthard Base Tunnel has opened, the service of IR trains in both directions between Basel or Zurich and Locarno via Arth-Goldau and Bellinzona has been discontinued.

The IR services on this route via Arth-Goldau now only operate between Basel/Zurich and Erstfeld - where easy connections are available to/from Bellinzona.

Bistro (Hot Food)
Bar (Cold Food)
Double Deck
High Speed

Rail passes and reservations

Close this info panel  

Other features

Close this info panel  


Close this info panel