Lotschberg Base Tunnel, Frutigen

The Lötschberg Base Tunnel is a 34.57km railway base tunnel on the BLS AG's Lötschberg line cutting through the Bernese Alps of Switzerland some 400m below the existing Lötschberg Tunnel. It runs between Frutigen, Berne, and Raron, Valais. Breakthrough was in April 2005 and construction ended in 2006. The opening ceremony was in June 2007. Full scale operation began in December 2007.|}ProjectBuilt to ease lorry traffic on Swiss roads, the LBT allows an increased number of lorries and trailers to be loaded onto trains in Germany, pass through Switzerland on rail and be unloaded in Italy. It also cuts down travel time for German tourists going to Swiss ski resorts and puts the Valais into commuting distance to Bern by reducing travel time by 50%. The total cost was SFr 4.3 billion (as of 2007, corrected to 1998 prices). This and the Gotthard Base Tunnel are parts of the Swiss AlpTransit initiative.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Approximately 15 minutes drive the car train from Kandersteg (Switzerland) to Goppenstein (Switzerland) to reach as soon to Italy. The ride with a standard car costs CHF 29.50 and you can pay with euros, but get CHF back, or pay by credit card. Worth to do with children!
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  • June 30, 2017
    A very useful and comfortable service to cross the mountains in a short time. Logistics is measured to the nearest millimetre so I ran perfectly and is very curious sensation go mounted in the car on top of a train inside the tunnel. Highly recommended if you have to move between the cantons of Berne and Valais
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  • April 19, 2017
    We always use the tunnel when we feel like going for example to the weekly market in Sion. It's the quickest way from Berne and avoids a lot of motorways  more »
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