Bellinzona railway station

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The station building.
Location Viale Stazione 36,
6500 Bellinzona,
Canton of Ticino,
Coordinates 46°11′43″N 009°01′46″E / 46.19528°N 9.02944°E / 46.19528; 9.02944Coordinates: 46°11′43″N 009°01′46″E / 46.19528°N 9.02944°E / 46.19528; 9.02944
Elevation 241 m (791 ft) AMSL[1]
Owned by Swiss Federal Railways
Operated by Swiss Federal Railways (SBB-CFF-FFS)
Treni Regionali Ticino Lombardia(TILO)
Eurocity (EC)
Line(s) Gotthard railway
Distance 150.9 km (93.8 mi) from Immensee[1]
Platforms 6
Opened December 6, 1874 (1874-12-06)
Electrified May 29, 1921 (1921-05-29)
Preceding station   Swiss rail network   Following station
toward Zürich Hbf
toward Zürich Hbf
toward Basel SBB
toward Zürich Hbf
toward Basel SBB
toward Airolo
toward Chiasso
toward Locarno
Terminus TILO
Bellinzona railway station
Bellinzona railway station
Bellinzona railway station
Bellinzona railway station (Switzerland)

Bellinzona railway station (Italian: Stazione di Bellinzona) serves the city of Bellinzona, in the Canton of Ticino, Switzerland. It is on the Swiss Federal Railways' Gotthard line.[1] The station is nicknamed Porta del Ticino ("Gate of Ticino") since the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel in 2016.[2]


The station was opened in 1874, as part of the opening of the Ticino valley railway, with its Biasca – Bellinzona – LuganoChiasso line, and its Bellinzona – Locarno line. In 1882, upon the opening of the Gotthard Rail Tunnel, and the related commencement of services on the line from Airolo to Biasca, Bellinzona was connected with the north, and with German-speaking Switzerland.

In 2008, the SBB Cargo facility at Bellinzona hit the headlines, when its workers went on strike, after SBB Cargo had prescribed rigorous reduction measures for the site.[3]

With the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel in 2016, travel times from Lucerne to Bellinzona fell by 45 minutes.[4]

The station at the opening of the Gotthard line in 1882 
2017 Arriving train on the same track as in 1882 


The station has five through platform tracks, served by a side platform and two island platforms, connected by both a pedestrian subway and a footbridge. There are also transit and overtaking tracks for goods trains.

The station building is on the side platform, and is flanked at each end of the station by two terminal platform tracks; the terminal track to the south is in occasional use by terminating passenger trains, but the one to the north is normally used to stable the Bellinzona tunnel rescue train.


Passenger traffic at the station is handled by Swiss Federal Railways, which serves the station with long distance trains, and by Treni Regionali Ticino Lombardia (TiLo), which operates the three lines of the Ticino rapid transit network.

Trains operated include:

Regional bus routes of the Autopostale terminate on the station forecourt, providing links to various destinations. Autopostale also operates Bellinzona's city bus network, and all city services call at the station.

Station building with regional bus stops 
Station building and platforms from the footbridge, looking south 
Station platforms and railway works from the footbridge, looking north 

The future[edit]

Despite the planned Bellinzona rail bypass, which has now been postponed due to lack of funds, the station is set to remain a long distance train stopping point, even after the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel.

Initial plans were to replace the present Bellinzona and Lugano railway stations with a new station, to be named Ticino South, as part of the Ceneri Base Tunnel construction project. The new station would have been situated in Camorino, at the intersection of the Gotthard axis of the New Railway Link through the Alps and the old Gotthard Line.

However, in May 2007 the Swiss Federal Railways dissociated itself from those plans, and indicated support for the continued stopping of long-distance trains in the city centres of Bellinzona and Lugano.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Eisenbahnatlas Schweiz. Verlag Schweers + Wall GmbH. 2012. p. 59. ISBN 978-3-89494-130-7. 
  2. ^ ""Aperta" la Porta del Ticino". Radiotelevisione svizzera (RSI). 15 October 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Streik bei SBB Cargo in Bellinzona geht weiter" [Strike at SBB Cargo in Bellinzona continues]. Neue Zürcher Zeitung (in German). 13 March 2008. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  4. ^ Monnat, Lucie (11 December 2014). "Le tunnel de base du Gothard révolutionnera le rail dans deux ans". 24 heures. Lausanne. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  • Moser, Beat; Pfeiffer, Peter (2004). SBB Gotthardbahn (in German). Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany: Eisenbahn-Journal (Verlagsgruppe Bahn GmbH). ISBN 3-89610-121-8. 

This article is based upon a translation of the German language version as at September 2010. The original authors can be seen here.

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