Winterthur railway station

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This article is about the main railway station in the Swiss city of Winterthur. For other stations in the same city, see Winterthur railway station (disambiguation).
Central pass-through railway station
Winterthur HB.jpg
The station frontage in 2008
Other names Winterthur Hauptbahnhof
Location Bahnhofplatz 5–9, Winterthur, ZH
Coordinates 47°30′00″N 8°43′24″E / 47.50000°N 8.72333°E / 47.50000; 8.72333Coordinates: 47°30′00″N 8°43′24″E / 47.50000°N 8.72333°E / 47.50000; 8.72333
Elevation 438 m (1,437 ft)
Owned by SBB CFF FFS (Swiss Federal Railways)
Operated by
Line(s) Zurich–Winterthur (750-752)
Tösstal line (754)
Winterthur–Bülach–Koblenz (761)
Rheinfall line (762)
Winterthur–Etzwilen-Stein am Rhein (821)
Winterthur–Romanshorn (840)
Winterthur–Wil (850)
Platforms 6
Tracks 9 (German: Gleis)
Connections /
up to 8 direct trains per hour to/from Zürich Flughafen in c. 0:15h
Structure type at-grade
Depth 0
Platform levels 1 (4 passenger levels)
Parking P&R above tracks
Bicycle facilities openair, covered, secured
Architectural style 1896: Neorenaissance
Other information
Fare zone ZVV: 120
  • 1855 (1855) (wooden construction)
  • 1860 (1860) (total reconstruction)
  • 1894-96 (1894-96) (total reconstruction)
  • 1875 (1875)
  • July 1988 (1988-07): car park deck
  • 2000 (2000): new building "Stadttor"
  • 2012-2013 (2012-2013): Bahnhofplatz reconstruction
Previous names Hauptbahnhof Winterthur
Passengers (2014) 105,200 per working day
Rank 5 of 1735
Preceding station   Swiss rail network   Following station
Zürich Airport   EuroCity
Zurich to Munich
  St. Gallen
Zürich Airport   InterCity
Geneva to St. Gallen via Bern
Zürich Airport   InterCity
Geneva to St. Gallen via Neuchâtel
Zürich Airport   InterCity
Brig to Romanshorn
Zürich Airport   InterRegio
Biel/Bienne to Konstanz
Kemptthal   Zurich S-Bahn
S7 service
Effretikon   Zurich S-Bahn
S8 service
Stettbach   Zurich S-Bahn
S11 service
Stettbach   Zürich S-Bahn
S12 Seuzach service
  Zürich S-Bahn
S12 Winterthur Seen service
  Winterthur Grüze
Effretikon   Zurich S-Bahn
S24 service
Terminus   Zurich S-Bahn
S26 service
  Winterthur Grüze
Terminus   Zurich S-Bahn
S29 service
Terminus   Zurich S-Bahn
S33 service
Terminus   Zurich S-Bahn
S35 service
  Winterthur Grüze
Terminus   Zurich S-Bahn
S41 service
  Winterthur Töss
Winterthur is located in Switzerland
Location within Switzerland

Winterthur railway station (German: Bahnhof Winterthur or Hauptbahnhof Winterthur) is the principle railway station in the town of Winterthur, itself in the Swiss canton of Zürich.[1][2]

The term Hauptbahnhof or HB (for main railay station) is no longer used by Swiss Federal Railways (SBB CFF FFS), the station's owner and operator, but is still sometimes used colloquially. Thus the station's name appears simply as Winterthur on the station signs and on schedule information, but the name Hauptbahnhof is still used for the bus stop in front of the station.

Winterthur is Switzerland's fifth most busy station, and is a major node between Switzerland's largest railway nucleus in Zürich and places in Eastern Switzerland (such as St. Gallen and Schaffhausen), as well as Germany (Munich), and Austria (Vorarlberg). The station is served by trains on Zürich's suburban S-Bahn, as well as by regional and intercity trains, with most through passenger trains making a stop. It is also connected with Zürich's airport railway station Zürich Flughafen, which can be reached in about 15 minutes about every 8 minutes. Zürich Hauptbahnhof can be reached with up to 16 direct connections per hour and the fastest connection takes only 22 minutes (S12). The station has 9 standard gauge platforms (numbered 1-9).

All public transport of Winterthur is part of canton of Zurich's integrated fare network ZVV. It is very well connected to the city's local public transport, the STADTBUS Winterthur bus network, and regional bus services (e.g. PostBus Switzerland).

The station is inscribed on the Swiss Inventory of Cultural Property of National Significance.[3]


Bahnhof Winterthur is centrally located, at the northwestern edge of the city centre.


In 1855, the first temporary station building was built in Winterthur as a timber framed structure. The design of the building was by A. Beck, who also managed the construction. The building was sold in 1860 to the City of Zurich, which wanted to move and rebuild it in the vicinity of the Kornhaus. Most likely, it was used for the construction of the Kornhauswirtschaft, as these two buildings bear a very great resemblance.[4]

Entrance to the station building, 2011

Five years after the opening of the provisional building, the first real station was built, under the direction of the architect Jakob Friedrich Wanner, who, together with A. Beck, was responsible for the design. The builder, Meier, came from Winterthur, and the train shed was built by the firm Benkiser of Pforzheim.[5] In 1875, its first expansion was completed, to coincide with the commencement of the Winterthur operations of the Tösstalbahn and the Nationalbahn. This expansion consisted of an extension to each side of the station building equal to the width of four window bays, in order to create space for new waiting rooms.

Further renovations in 1894−96 left the station building in its present form. These renovations, proposed by the architect Ernst Jung and Otto Bridler, produced a station building in Renaissance style; the Federal Palace of Switzerland served as a template.

In 1944, the present day tracks 8 and 9 were added. In 1980, the station was again extended by two tracks (the current platforms 1 and 2), which were used for the Tösstal line and for postal trains. Today, S-Bahn trains to Wil depart from the Postal train track.

In 1988, the two-storey parking deck was built over the station yard. In 2000 followed the construction of the Stadttor Winterthur between the station building and the EPA department store, which is now a Coop City department store.


Winterthur is a through station with nine tracks, of which only tracks 1 and 2 are bay platforms. From those two platforms, S-Bahn trains depart for the Tösstal and to Wil. Long distance trains stop at tracks 3, 4 and 5, which are the ones closest to the station concourse.

In front of the station, on the line towards Zurich, is the former goods station. It was closed in 1995/1996, and serves today only for the storage of trains. As a replacement for the closed structure, a maintenance facility was built at the Oberwinterthur railway station.[clarification needed]

Long distance services[edit]

The following regularly scheduled long distance trains stop at Winterthur:

Local services[edit]

Zürich S-Bahn[edit]

The following S-Bahn lines, all of which belong to the Zürcher Verkehrsverbund, serve Winterthur. While the lines with the lower numbers are operated by the SBB CFF FFS, the trains with the higher numbers (from S26) are operated by THURBO.

Night trains[edit]

Winterthur is a terminus of five night trains, two of which are part of the Zürich S-Bahn network. The other three belong to the "THURBO-Nightliner" system. Line SN4 of the Zürich S-Bahn is also operated by THURBO and belongs simultaneously to the THURBO-Nightliners.

Urban public transport[edit]

Winterthur Hauptbahnhof or HB is the central bus station of the local STADTBUS Winterthur bus operator and therefore also the most important hub of the Winterthur trolleybus system. All but two of the city bus lines stop at the Hauptbahnhof. Additionally, the regional Stadtbus lines, along with PostAuto lines, all stop there. Only the lines that serve Wiesendangen and a few villages northeast of Winterthur depart from Oberwinterthur station instead. The Winterthur bus station is the largest in the canton of Zurich.[citation needed]

Stadtbus Winterthur[edit]

Bus (left) and trolleybus (right), outside the station building, 2010

Lines 1–3 are trolleybus lines. The remaining lines are operated exclusively by low-floor buses. Normally, articulated buses run on lines 5, 7 and 14. On the remaining lines, conventional (rigid chassis) buses provide the services.

Line Route
1 Töss – HB – Oberwinterthur
2 Wülflingen – HB – Seen
3 Rosenberg – HB – Oberseen
4 HB – Breite – HB (circle route)
5 Technorama – HB – Dättnau
7 HB – Schlosstal – Bhf. Wülflingen
10 HB – Bhf. Oberwinterthur
11 HB – Steig
12 HB – Bruderhaus – HB
14 HB – Bhf. Hegi
HB – Oskar Reinhart "am Römerholz" (Museum bus; Taxi line)

Regional lines[edit]

The yellow numbers are PostAuto lines, and the blue numbers are city bus lines. However, lines 665/670 are served by both PostAuto buses and city buses.

Line Route
660 HB – Brütten – Nürensdorf – Bassersdorf (- Flughafen)
767 (HB –) Brütten – Breite – Nürensdorf – Bassersdorf – Flughafen Kloten
665 HB – Neftenbach – Dättlikon
670 HB – Neftenbach – Berg am Irchel – Flaach – Rafz
674 HB - Rosenberg - Seuzach
676 HB – Rutschwil – Henggart
680 HB – Elsau – Schlatt – Elgg/Girenbad b. Turbenthal

Night buses[edit]

Night buses operate hourly on Friday to Saturday and Saturday to Sunday from 01:30 to 04:30. As the last regular buses usually depart from HB at 0.50 and the first such buses start running again from 05:30, one can therefore speak of a continuously operating network when the night buses are running.

The night buses operate on the following lines, but only outwards; there are no return services.

Line Route
N59 HB – Strochenbrücke – Schlosstal - Niederfeld - Bahnhof Wülflingen
N60 HB – Oberwinterthur – Seuzach - Adlikon bei Andelfingen (Postauto)
N61 HB – Hegi – Elsau - Wiesendangen - Sulz - Rickenbach – Ellikon - Altikon – Thalheim - Dinhard - Welsikon
N64 HB – Rosenberg – Seuzach – Flaach – Buch am Irchel - Riedt bei Neftenbach (Postauto)
N65 HB – Waldheim – Eishalle – Oberseen
N66 HB – Töss – Brütten – Nürensdorf - Bassersdorf – Lindau - Kemptthal
N67 HB – Wülflingen – Neftenbach – Pfungen – Dättlikon
N68 HB – Seen – Zell – Turbenthal – Wila (Postauto)


Concourse viewed from platform 3 when (directly with one's back to the station building
Concourse viewed from platform 3 (directly with one's back to the station building)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ (Map). Swiss Confederation. Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  2. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Schweiz. Verlag Schweers + Wall GmbH. 2012. pp. 12–13. ISBN 978-3-89494-130-7. 
  3. ^ "Schweizerisches Inventar der Kulturgüter von nationaler Bedeutung - Zürich" [Swiss Inventory of Cultural Property of National Significance - Zurich] (PDF) (in German). Swiss Confederation. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  4. ^ Stutz 1976, p. 110
  5. ^ Stutz 1976, p. 152

Cited works[edit]

  • Stutz, Werner (1976). Bahnhöfe der Schweiz [Railway Stations of Switzerland] (in German). Zürich: Verlag Berichthaus. ISBN 3-85572-018-5. 

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