Biel/Bienne railway station
|Central pass-through railway station|
The main entrance to the station on the northern side
|Elevation||437 m (1,434 ft)|
|Owned by||SBB CFF FFS (Swiss Federal Railways)|
|Tracks||12 (German: Gleis, French: voie)|
|Structure type||at-grade and underground (just one for ASm)|
|Fare zone||libero: 300|
|Website||Bahnhof Biel / La gare de Bienne|
|Passengers (2016)||52,100 per working day|
|Rank||13 of 1735|
It is a major railway junction on the Swiss railways network. It lies on one of the two most busy major railway lines between the northeastern (St. Gallen/Zurich) and southwestern Switzerland (Geneva); the other goes via Bern. An InterCity between St. Gallen and Genève-Aéroport only takes 4:17h with one of its tilting train compositions (in 2019). The other major line is between Basel and Lausanne/Geneva; via Delémont it also connects the canton of Jura with the Swiss railway network. And third, it also connects the French-speaking part of canton of Bern (the Bernese Jura) and La Chaux-de-Fonds (NE) in the west with Bern in the east.
All trains of these lines meet in Biel/Bienne at a quarter after and a quarter before o'clock in a half an hour frequency according to the Swiss-wide applied clock-face scheduling, so that seamless changes of just a few (2–5) minutes between trains of all these lines are easily possible.
It is located in the center of Biel/Bienne and is therefore part of the fare zone 300 of the libero (fare network).
Biel/Bienne's railway station is the thirteenth busiest station in Switzerland with 52,100 passengers per working day (in 2016).
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