Sustainable travel

Taking the train means making an eco-friendly journey with a low impact on the environment. On average, a train uses a quarter of the energy that a car does and emits twenty times less carbon dioxide (CO2), one of the main causes of the greenhouse effect. Travel by rail and choose the sustainable option.

The SBB online timetable features an Ecocalculator, which allows you to calculate the energy consumption and CO2 emissions for each train journey and to compare this to the data for the corresponding car journey. The Ecocalculator is a quick and easy way to compare the environmental impact of both forms of transport. Simply click on the “Ecocalculator” icon at the bottom left of the “Details” sub-menu.

Average usage and consumption values for the vehicles are used to calculate the results. If necessary, you can change these calculations by inputting the pollutant class or the size and fuel consumption of your own car. In addition to the direct energy consumption, the calculator also takes indirect factors into account when determining the environmental impact, such as the design, maintenance requirements and disposal methods for the infrastructure and vehicles. You can also compare other forms of transport such as planes, buses or motorcycles, as well as other fuels such as biogas or electricity.

For the journey from Lugano to Locarno, the calculator shows that travelling by train produces 21 times less CO2 than travelling by car.

Esempio Ecocalcolatore FFS


Sustainable mobility is a multi-faceted issue that also includes plans to shift commuter traffic into off-peak times in order to reduce occupancy rates during peak hours. This is made possible by new, more flexible forms of work. Sustainable mobility also relies on the ability to combine various forms of transport in a beneficial manner. Mobility is fundamental to a thriving society and economy. In order to enable environmentally friendly development in these areas, the transport sector must tackle significant challenges.