Zug’s location in the heart of Switzerland makes it one of the most popular business locations in central Europe. Geographically Zug is situated halfway between Paris and Vienna. Additionally, with Zurich International Airport only 40 minutes by train, the highly efficient rail links across much of Europe and efficient domestic transport networks, Zug is the center of a highly effective transport hub.
Switzerland is renowned for its efficient rail network and Zug is no exception. The current, impressive Zug Station was opened in 2003 and with 25,000 people passing through daily, it is one of the top ten busiest stations in Switzerland.
Zug is a junction station with three primary routes towards Zurich, Luzern and Milan. These long-distance primary routes are operated by the SBB. The Zug Stadtbahn is responsible for the smaller routes within Kanton Zug which link the canton but often terminate in Thalwil, Zurich, Luzern or Arth – Goldau. While you can find most information on line, we also recommend visiting any of the SBB offices at the train stations for personalized and friendly service in English.
The parts of Kanton Zug which cannot be reached by the Stadtbahn are easily covered by the Zugerland Verkehrsbetriebe; Zug’s bus service. Covering 197 km with 285 stops, the ZVB is a very efficient method of getting around the canton.
Zugerberg Bahn (ZBB)
The Zugerberg Bahn is the funicular which takes you to the top of the Zugerberg. In November 2009 the funicular was modernized and now offers a stunning panorama as you ride to the top of the mountain.
The Zugersee Ferries are not only an enjoyable way of getting around Kanton Zug but are also often used for functions, concerts and many other events.
Switzerland has several options to greatly reduce your commuting costs.
The halb tax is probably the most common card in people’s wallets and understandably so. For just CHF185 (CHF 165 when you renew) per year, you pay half price for any ticket anywhere in Switzerland.
The General Abonnement travelcard for a price of CHF 3860 (2nd class) and CHF 6300 (1st class) per year lets you travel anywhere in Switzerland for free.
Gleis 7 (Track 7)
This is an additional card to the Half-Fare travelcard and entitles passengers until their 25th birthday to take any journeys in 2nd class from 7.00 p.m. to 5.00 a.m. – on the entire SBB network (PDF) as well as with numerous private transport companies. Important: The night supplement is not included in Track 7.
You can also arrange a variety of point to point or regional travelcards for a specific area or route.
Municipal Day Card (Gemeinde Tageskarte)
You can get a discounted municipal day pass at the municipality of your residence. The prices vary but are around CHF 40. You need to reserve the day pass, either by phone or online at your municipality. The day passes are very popular and should be reserved well in advance before your travel date. The card is also ideal when you have guests from abroad visiting. The day pass allows you to travel on all Swiss public transport on the valid date on the card.
You can check availabilities and book online here.
Zurich International Airport
There are 70 daily trains making the 40 minute train ride from Zug to the ever- expanding airport of Zurich. It is possible to fly to much of the United States in under 12 hours and to London in 4, while Shanghai and Beijing are around 15 hours away.