May 30, 2017

Swiss Post Bus – An Adventure to Remember

There are many ways to travel in Europe – boat, train, car – but in Switzerland the PostBus looks to be an exceptional way to see this beautiful country.

I have not yet taken an excursion on the PostBus but this has been something I have wanted to do since the first time I heard that distinctive toot of their horn!  At that moment I was sold.

Swiss PostBus on Susten Pass

PostBus on Susten Pass by Norbert Aepli, Switzerland (noebu)

The Swiss PostBus service began in 1849.  There were no cars just horses at this time.  It wasn’t until 1906 that the horses were replaced by motorized vehicles.

Today the PostBus has 13 tourist routes criss-crossing the country.  These routes venture into each nook and cranny of Switzerland and travel into places trains just cannot go and sometimes on roads that are not much wider than the bus!  This system has more than 2,000 vehicles in service that carry over 118 million passengers each year.

Glaciers along PostBus route Switzerland

Glaciers along PostBus route by ActiveSteve, on Flickr

On your journey via PostBus you will wind your way up mountains, through passes and tunnels, the Swiss National Park and many splendid valleys.  You will see medieval villages, UNESCO World Heritage sights, castles, ski resorts, glaciers and glistening lakes.

One of the tourist excursions, the Palm Express, is a trip that has many contrasts.  Beginning in the Engadine and ending in the Ticino canton, this trip will take you from the Alpine region full of glaciers to the region known for its Mediterranean climate complete with balmy weather and palms.

Susten Pass along PostBus route Switzerland

Susten Pass along PostBus route by ActiveSteve, on Flickr

Or if Alpine scenery is your style, enjoy a trip on the Central Alps Passes: Grimsel–Nufenen–Gotthard–Susten Pass Route.  On this journey you will enjoy views of glaciers, deep valleys and quaint villages.  The route travels along Switzerland’s highest road  and traverses 4 mountain passes and crosses the Devil’s Bridge over the Schollenen Gorge.

Devils Bridge Switzerland

Devils Bridge Switzerland by de: Benutzer:Markus Schweiss

Not sold yet?  Watch this video and I think  you will be making your reservations.

 

If you can’t view the video, click here.

 

There are many more routes and ways to access the Swiss Post Bus.

Is this an excursion you would like to enjoy?  Tell me why or why not.

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Comments

  1. Looks AWESOME! Thinking about a house sitting job in Switzerland…sounds pretty good!
    Dalene – Hecktic Travels recently posted..Dear Uncle Calvin – With Love- Dyanne

  2. Laurel says:

    I just went to Switzerland for the first time last weekend and loved it. I haven’t heard of the Post bus, but anytime I can relax on a comfy bus or train and enjoy the journey, I’m all for it and love that it has a few touristy routes for fool proof planning.
    Laurel recently posted..Maulbronn Monastery – The Best Preserved Cistercian Monastery in Europe

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Glad to hear you had a good time in Switzerland. It really is a beautiful country and so very diverse! I agree its nice to be able to look around instead of worrying about the car in front of you!

  3. Grace says:

    Ohhh seems like an interesting tour. I know some people are opposed to bus tours and would rather rent a car and drive around. I’m all for sitting inside a nice bus and being able to take photos! I don’t have to worry about which direction I should be going with or how to navigate the winding roads!
    Grace recently posted..What you can learn from the time I escaped a dangerous scam

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Agreed. I like experiencing all different types of transportation. I have driven and road trains but this PostBus just seems like a great way to go! Plus I have been on some of those roads in Switzerland in a car when a bus comes at me. . . it is scary! LOL

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