Basic information

From "too-ta-too" to a modern transport provider

PostBus celebrated its centenary in 2006. What began as a small and humble operation is now – more than 100 years on – an established part of all Swiss cities, agglomerations and peripheral regions. Postbuses are well-known for their unmistakable three-tone horn, even beyond the country's borders. This sound can still be heard today on many mountainous postal routes.

PostBus currently operates more than 750 PostBus routes in the field of public transport.   Its range of services also includes tourist routes, excursions, night buses, school buses (ScolaCar) and dial-a-ride services (PubliCar).

As a provider of systems management functions, PostBus is a partner for cantons, municipalities and other transport companies. With its centres of excellence throughout Switzerland for “passenger counting”, “passenger information systems” and “ticket inspections and collections”, PostBus has advanced to become the systems leader in road-based transport.

PostBus has also been operating outside of Switzerland for some years as the values of punctuality and reliability combined with the popular timetable proved to be successful exports.

PostBus operates around 40% of all services with the help of its own regional groups.  The rest is serviced by around 200 private transport companies – known as PostBus operators. These partners organize their own personnel and vehicle maintenance.

PostBus sets great store by sustainability and reduces environmental impact by implementing a number of key measures:

  • The size and motorization level of the vehicles are, where possible, tailored to their areas of application and utilization.
  • Only vehicles meeting the most stringent requirements with respect to pollutant emissions are procured.
  • Low-emission diesel fuel is used.
  • Over 85% of the kilometres travelled are served by Postbuses equipped with a soot particle filter.
  • Onboard fuel measuring devices have recently been made available to Postbus drivers who have been specially trained to operate these low-fuel vehicles.