SWISS International Airlines (Swiss) and SBB are set to expand their intermodal offer with the launch of the Zürich Airport - Munich Central Station Swiss Air Rail route from July 1.

The combined rail-air route aims to offer a seamless connection between train and plane by offering a single ticket for both journeys. Six SBB connections will be available per direction, per day with a stop in Bregenz.

“Together with SBB, we are taking an important step forward with complementary travel options in the interests of our guests,” says Mr Tamur Goudarzi Pour, Swiss CCO. “Together we are focusing on a more intelligent linking of rail and air traffic wherever this makes sense. It is a milestone that we can now launch an international Swiss Air Rail connection with Munich for the first time.”

The service to Munich is the first international route following connections to Basel, Lugano and Geneva, which were previously known as Flugzug. Additional stops will be introduced on these routes this summer.

On the route to and from Geneva, for example, boarding and alighting options will be introduced in Bern, Fribourg and Lausanne in combination with a Swiss flight ticket. Passengers travelling to and from Lugano will also be able to board and disembark in Bellinzona. In addition, the two transport companies plan to introduce an improved baggage pickup and delivery service.