We show you what options you have to travel unhindered in Switzerland, even with a stroller. And we show you examples where it is difficult or not possible at all.
Tips for your trip with a stroller in Switzerland
If you are traveling with a stroller, you usually have no problems with public transport. With the implementation of the Disability Equality Act (BehiG), more and more low-floor trains and buses are being purchased. They not only make it easier for wheelchairs to get on, but also help when you're traveling with a stroller.
If possible, you should make your trip with a foldable stroller. It can be taken almost anywhere, even in the smallest gondola. Where turnstiles are an obstacle, the folded stroller will still fit through. If you plan to make frequent trips to the mountains, it is advisable to purchase an all-terrain stroller.
Traveling with a stroller on public transport in Switzerland
Switzerland is known for its efficient and well-developed public transport system, which is also well suited for trips with a stroller. The stroller is considered luggage and is therefore carried free of charge on public transport. However, at rush hour and during commuter traffic, you may have to wait for a next bus or streetcar. If you have a choice, you should rather try to avoid such times.
Traveling with a stroller on the train
Most Swiss trains have special areas for strollers. Be sure to place your stroller in these areas so as not to block the passage for other passengers.
It is best to use a train with low-floor access. This will allow you to enter the train safely and without assistance. To park the stroller, you can fold the seats up. A buggy is very practical because you can fold it up.
Which trains have low-floor access?
In the online timetable of the SBB, low-floor entrances are marked with NF. Once you have found a connection, click on the grayed out field to see more details. If you also display the train formation, you can see which cars of the train have a low-floor entrance and in which sectors at the station they are located.
What is the best way to board the train with a stroller?
If the train does not have a low-floor entrance, SBB recommends the following:
One person enters the train and lifts the stroller by the handlebars. The second person lifts the crossbar between the wheels on the other side. This also works for longer stairs. If you need outside help to do this, you go in handlebar first.
Where can you park the stroller on the train?
You can recognize compartments where strollers can be parked by the stroller symbol. The symbol is placed on the door and under the window of the compartment.
By the way, trains with family carriages and family zones have more space for strollers. If there are bike hooks, please use the opposite side for your stroller.
Otherwise, larger strollers must remain outside in the entrance area in the designated niches. They can also be left inside the train or at the luggage storage areas. Foldable strollers fit under the seat.
All long-distance InterCity double-deck trains run with family cars. In the middle of the upper deck of the control car, these have a play area with various motifs. There is space for the baby carriage in the lower deck. The doors here are at least 71 cm wide.
Family compartments are available on the following routes:
- IC1: St. Gallen - Zurich HB - Bern - Geneva Airport
- IC8: Romanshorn - Zurich - HB - Bern - Brig
- IC6: Basel SBB - Berne - Brig
- IC61: Basel SBB - Bern - Interlaken Ost
- IC3: Basel SBB - Zurich HB - Chur
The trains are marked with FA in the SBB timetable and app. If you select your train connection in the SBB app, you will see in the train information whether a "family car with playground" is traveling. You can recognize it by the little teddy bear in the legend. You can also see in the train information in which sector of the station you have to wait.
Single-deck intercity trains have family zones. Here, too, the doors are at least 71 cm wide. In the family zones, the tables can be folded up to accommodate the stroller. Some tables have glued-on board games that can be played with coins as game pieces. You can download a dice app to your smartphone to roll the dice.
InterCity trains with family zones are marked FZ by SBB.
You'll find changing tables in every family compartment and in every family zone. They are located in the WC. In regional trains, the wheelchair-accessible WCs generally have a changing table.
You can tell from the outside if a WC has a changing table. These toilets have a pictogram of an infant with a diaper.
Traveling with a stroller on buses and streetcars
In cities like Zurich, Geneva and Basel, streetcars and buses are already largely stroller-friendly. They already increasingly have low-floor entrances and spacious interiors that make it easier to get on and off.
Some buses (e.g. in the city Zug have a blue child's car button on the door. You can press this if you need a little more time to get on or off.
Tips for traveling by bus or streetcar
- The SBB timetables also contain information on low-floor (NF) boarding for buses and streetcars.
- If low-floor cars are not yet in use, the stroller should preferably not be too bulky, perhaps even foldable.
- Avoid rush hours, as buses and streetcars can get very crowded then. Even if you do get a seat, it could be quite crowded and uncomfortable for your child.
- Wait for boarding at the platform or stop so that you are well prepared when the vehicle arrives. Be sure to anchor the stroller securely when boarding or disembarking to avoid accidents.
- If possible, find a suitable place in the vehicle that is designated for strollers. Often there are specially marked areas or designated areas for wheelchairs and strollers.
- Make sure the stroller is also well secured during the ride to prevent it from slipping or falling over. Many public transportation systems offer seat belts or securement options.
- Strollers do not usually require a separate ticket as long as you do not claim an extra seat for the stroller. It is nevertheless advisable to inform yourself about the exact regulations of your transport association.
With the baby carriage on the mountain
Almost all mountain railroads also transport baby carriages. You do not have to pay anything for it. However, it is sometimes an advantage if you use a small stroller or even a buggy. Otherwise, there might be space problems in case of very large crowds. On the other hand, the stroller should be all-terrain, especially if you want to go for a walk or a hike.
Very small cable cars in not so frequented areas might even have problems to transport a folded stroller, but are rather the exception. To be on the safe side, we've put together a few tips for you here.
Some mountain railroads with special suitability for baby carriages
|Summit||Mountain railway||Pushchair||Possibilities at the summit with pushchair|
|Aletsch Arena||Cable cars Bettmeralp, Fiescheralp and Riederalp||yes||Hiking trails; in winter skate rental in Riederalp and Bettmeralp|
|Brienzer Rothorn||Cableway Sörenberg||ja, lift||Experience park Mooraculum|
|Brunni Engelberg||cable car to Ristis||yes||panorama trail Ristis to Brunnihütte (suitable for children)|
|Engstligenalp||Adelboden aerial cableway||yes||Läger circular hiking trail|
|Gornergrat||Gornergratbahn Zermatt||yes||viewing platform|
|Harder Kulm||Harderbahn from Interlaken Ost||yes||mountain station to viewing platform very steep|
|Hohsaas||Saastal Bergbahnen||ja||walks, viewing terrace|
|Jungfraujoch||3S-Bahn Eiger Express, cogwheel railroad from Eiger glacier||ja||Access to Ice Palace via stairs, otherwise all barrier-free|
|The Royal Walk is a gravel path, to Holenstein or Kleine Scheidegg with all-terrain access. Children's choice|
|Monte Lema||Cableway from Miglieglia||yes||Between cableway station and summit restaurant|
|Monte Tamaro||Cableway from Rivera||yes||Walks at Alpe Foppa|
|Niesen||Cableway Niesenbahn from Mülenen||yes||Viewing terrace, mountain house, pavilion|
|Pilatus||Cogwheel railroad Alpnachstad, cableway Kriens||yes||Outlook terrace, restaurant|
|Pizol (Pardiel)||cable cars from Wangs and Bad Ragaz||yes||Heidipfad Pardiel to Alp Schwarzbüel|
|Rigi||Goldau rack railroad||yes (Goldau, Klösterli, Rigi Staffel and Rigi Kulm)||Hikes|
|Rigi||Cogwheel Railway Vitznau||yes (Vitznau, Rigi Kaltbad, Staffelhöhe, Rigi Staffel, Rigi Kulm)||Hiking to Känzeli, Rigi Firstweg, Panoramaweg Rigi Kaltbad to Scheidegg|
|Rigi Scheidegg||Cable car from Kräbel||yes||Panorama trail from Rigi Scheidegg to Rigi Kaltbad|
|Rigi Kaltbad||Cable car from Weggis||yes (lifts)||Hike Rigi Kaltbad to Känzeli, Panorama trail Rigi Kaltbad to Scheidegg|
|Schilthorn||Cableway Stechelberg o. Mürren||yes||all facilities are barrier-free|
|Stockhorn||Cable car from Erlenbach||yes||among others barrier-free path around Hinterstockensee|
|Stoos||cable car from Schwyz||ja||hiking, events|
|Titlis||cable cars from Engelsberg||yes, lifts at all stations||hiking, games middle station Trübsee|
|Zugerberg||Cable car from Schönegg||yes, special compartment||Hiking|
Please note that the mountain railroads, which go up to about 3000 m above sea level, do not take children under the age of 15 months.
With the stroller on the ship
The stroller can now travel on almost every ship. Sometimes, however, you have to put it down to get to the upper deck.
Swiss lakes and accessibility with strollers
|Lake Geneva||CGN SA||Main deck no problem, stroller can stay on main deck if you visit the upper deck|
|Lugano Lake||SNL||full access|
|Lake Lucerne||SGV||barrier-free access in 2nd class, 1st class partial access|
|Lake Thun, Lake Brienz||BLS||access on 2nd class main deck, 1st class partial|
|Lake Walen||Walensee Schifffahrt||Access on all scheduled ships|
|Lake Zurich||ZSG||Access on all scheduled ships (up to width 80 cm), on river Limmat only folded|
|Lake Zug and Ägerisee||ZVB||no restrictions|
With the stroller through parks and botanical gardens in Switzerland
To make your search easier, we have listed a number of parks that you can easily visit with a stroller. In most cases, there is also a children's playground.
Parks that are easy to walk through with a stroller
|City, town||Park||Location, size||How to get there with||Sightseeing|
|Zurich||Rieterpark||west of Lake Zurich, Gablerstrasse, 70`000 m²||line 13 to Waffenplatzstr. or S2,S8,S24 to Zürich Enge||19th century villas, Rietberg Museum, largest park in Switzerland, view of Glarus Alps, children's playground in Scheideggstrasse with sand area, spring seesaw, swings, buck slide, sandbox, playground, benches|
|Zurich||Belvoirpark||west of Lake Zurich, east of Rieterpark||line 7 to Brunaustrasse||19th century villa as well as sculptures and a fountain, children's playground in Seestrasse with rotating equipment, sand area, spring seesaw, board swing, buck slide|
|Zurich||Seeburgpark||between Zollikerstrasse and Mühlebachstrasse, east of Lake Zurich||line 4 to Feldeggstrasse||19th century villa and park, impressive tree population, children's playground Blatterwiese on Lake Zurich, 10 min walk|
|Zurich||Park Sonnenberg||Heuelstrasse, east of Lake Zurich||lines 3,31 to Klussplatz||view of Zurich, Lake Zurich and mountains, nice playground|
|Bern||Rosengarten||Hügel||Alter Aargauerstalden,lines 10,12||quiet city park with great variety of flowers (Japanese cherry blossoms in spring), far-reaching city view, playground and restaurant|
|Geneva||English Garden||Quai du Général-Guisan, adjacent to Lake Geneva||bus lines 6,8,9,25||famous flower clock with 12`000 flowers, bronze fountain and beautiful walks along the lake|
|Geneva||Parc la Grange||Quai Gustave-Ador, directly on Lake Geneva next to the Baby-Plage lido||Train line 9 to Gare/Bloch||Villa, fountain, rose garden, door to neighboring Park des Eaux-Vives|
|Geneva||Parc des Bastions||Square of Cornavin, south of English Garden||Train line 5,10,19||large green area, huge trees, giant chessboards, Reformation monument, Palais Eynard, Geneva Uni|
|Morcote||Parco Scherrer||on Lake Lugano||bus line 431 from Paradiso to Morcote||a hillside villa surrounded by lemon trees and bamboo groves, statues in Greek classical style, shady benches, cultural events and concerts, restaurant at the entrance|
|Lausanne||Esplanade de Montbenon||on Lake Geneva, in the middle of the city on the Av. de Montbenon, stretches above Lake Geneva over a width of more than 500 m||Bus line 431 from Paradiso to Morcote||Casino, sculptures, fountains, children's playground, restaurants|
|Winterthur||Stadtgarten||Altstadt,between Stadthausstrasse and Museumstrasse, 22'743 m²||line 1, 3, 7,10 to Schmidgasse 11||large children's playground, water basin with fountain, generous lawns and flower borders as well as numerous seating areas|
|Davos||Alpinum Schatzalp||sun terrace 300m above Davos||Schatzalp cable car||children's playground at the mountain station|
|Chur||Fontanapark||city center||from the train station with streetcar 1 stop or on foot||baroque garden with bronze statue and benches|
|Chur||Quaderwiese||Stadtzentrum||by foot from the station||large children's playground with green play area, tower, sound box, hall of mirrors, toddler play area and water feature|
Museums and exhibitions with a stroller
Museums and exhibitions are mostly barrier-free in Switzerland. Still, you can't go everywhere with a stroller. However, most museums have in-house buggies that you can use.
Art museums are particularly critical in this regard. We took a closer look at five art museums. Only one of them explicitly prohibits strollers. The other four provide buggies for the visit.
- Fondation Beyeler - A renowned art museum in Riehen, near Basel. Although children are welcome, large strollers are not allowed in the exhibition rooms. Strollers will be provided upon request.
- Kunsthaus Zürich - A major art museum in Zurich. Strollers are generally permitted in the collection and exhibition rooms (excluding food and drink) For safety reasons (e.g., when there are large crowds of visitors), access to the collection and exhibition rooms with strollers may be restricted. The museum's own buggies can be borrowed free of charge.
- Kunstmuseum Basel - A major art museum in Basel. Strollers are unsuitable when there is a high flow of visitors. Buggies can be borrowed free of charge at the checkroom.
- Museum Tinguely - A museum in Basel dedicated to the work of artist Jean Tinguely. Buggies are also given out here to leave the stroller outside.
- Kunsthaus Zug - An art museum in Zug that focuses on Swiss art from the 18th to 21st centuries. Strollers are prohibited here.
As you can see, most art museums respond by giving you a stroller for the time of your stay so that you can take your child with you into the exhibition rooms. However, it is advisable to ask such museums in advance.
Other museums are also increasingly providing buggies. We reviewed six other museums that specifically offer children's experiences.
Visiting museums and exhibitions with a stroller
|City, place||Museum, exhibition||Stroller allowed||Worth seeing|
|Lucerne Museum of Transport Lucerne||yes||Museum, Planetarium, Movie Theater, Swiss Chocolate Adventure, Restaurants|
|Baden||Swiss Children's Museum||no, but in-house buggies||toys of the last 300 years, also to touch, play and participate|
|Brienz||Ballenberg||Yes, at the outdoor facilities. On the museum map, paths that are not practical are marked with the crossed-out wheelchair sign.||100 historic buildings, old crafts to watch|
|Kilchberg||Lindt Home of Chocolate||no, but in-house buggies||multimedia chocolate museum|
|Zurich||Wow Museum||no, no elevator||Illusions, illusions and experiments (ages 4 and up)|
|Aathal||Saur Museum Aathal||no, but changing table available||lifelike re-enacted exhibits, films and child-friendly games|
For museum visits, it is indeed advisable to find out in advance if you are allowed to come with a stroller. Offers for children are usually geared to children from the age of 4.
Excursion destinations for families - easily accessible with strollers
In Switzerland there are a variety of attractive excursion destinations for families. Usually they have large playgrounds and restaurants with large terraces. The stroller is not a problem here, even when getting there.
You can find numerous stroller-friendly places both in cities and in nature. Cities like Zurich, Geneva, Basel and Bern are equipped with well-maintained sidewalks and barrier-free facilities. In nature, you can explore the Swiss Alps, lakes like Lake Zurich and Lake Geneva, and several parks with a stroller.
A stroller is also no problem at the zoo or animal park. You may have to park it outside at one or the other house if you want to go inside. In summer, however, the animals are usually better seen outdoors anyway.
The following examples should give you some ideas.
Globi's Alpine Playground and Hike to Lake Härzli at Brunni Engelberg
Globi's Alpine Playground is located at Ristis on an area of 3000 m² in the middle of the summer toboggan run. In addition to a small rope park and climbing elements, children will find a Murmelirutsche, 3 swings, 2 carousels, 2 seesaws and other play elements. A wild water world is also part of the alpine playground.
You can reach Ristis from Engelberg with the cable car. With a baby carriage you can go well. If you are coming from Lucerne, we recommend the train of the Zentralbahn. It leaves every hour and takes 43 minutes to Engelberg. This train has a Globi carriage with Globi books for children on every seat. In Engelberg you can take the bus to the valley station of the Brunni cable cars for free.
From Ristis you can also take the easy hike to the Härzlisee with a stroller. It is easy to manage with only 270 meters of ascent over a length of six kilometers.
For the Globi treasure hunt (from 3 years) an all-terrain stroller is absolutely necessary. However, the path is very narrow. The Globine treasure hunt (suitable for ages 7 and up), on the other hand, can only be done on foot, not with a stroller.
Mooraculum Adventure Park in the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch with Sundew Trail
In the middle of the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch you will find a small moor paradise. The Mooraculum adventure park consists of a children's playground and two theme trails. The theme paths lead you directly through fens and raised bogs. The adventure park starts directly at the mountain station of the cable car Rossweid Sörenberg. With the baby carriage you can use the cable car from Sörenberg.
Throughout the Mooraculum, benches and fireplaces invite families to linger longer. Admission to the adventure park is free of charge and open from the end of May to the end of October.
The large playground is located directly next to the Rossweid Restaurant. It includes various play areas:
- Ponds with water play equipment
- Hanging chair forest
- climbing adventure
- raft to cross the big pond
The circular trail "Sonnentauweg" is 1.5 km long and suitable for baby carriages. It leads through colorful fens with beautiful flowers and the forest of the blueberry bog. A total of 17 diversely designed experience stations are set up along the trail.
The Gurtenpark with its large play park
The Gurten is a popular excursion mountain of the city of Bern. You will find a large play park with summer toboggan run, mini train and kids cars. You can take the Gurtenbahn from Wabern, strollers are allowed. From Bern it is only 10 minutes by streetcar to Wabern.
Offers at the Gurten playground:
- Kids Cars
- Climbing equipment with the big wooden Geschtelasch and the concrete kite "Crealino"
- Hexagonal ball track with a length of 300m and a playing time of up to one hour
- Small railroad with a ride through a tunnel, over hills and along water
- Summer toboggan run
The small railroad was built already in 1960 by students from Bern during their vacations. At the Take Away Stand Bahnhöfli you can fortify yourself.
As you can see, it is not difficult at all to visit beautiful destinations with a stroller. Strollers also benefit from the Disability Equality Act (BehiG).