BLS AG - Who we are
The BLS is the largest independent private railway company in Switzerland. It operates on behalf of seven cantons. The BLS considers itself to be an nnovative,
organising and ambitious transport service provider. Its customers always come first.
Operating Berne’s standard gauge S-Bahn, it is responsible for the second largest S-Bahn (urban railway) network in Switzerland. With lines in Entlebuch and in the Langenthal direction, it operates on the western section of the Lucerne S-Bahn.
However, it is also heavily involved in providing transport for tourists – be they through the Emmental, in the Swiss Lakeland region up into the Jura mountains, in the Simmental including the TransGoldenPass to Montreux, on the Lötschberg mountain line, the so-called “Lötschberg region”, as far as Brig or by boat to Interlaken.
Subsidiary company BLS Netz AG operates and maintains a 420 kilometre-long railway network. At the heart of the BLS infrastructure is the Lötschberg axis with the 34.6 kilometrelong Lötschberg Base Tunnel which was put into service in 2007 – at that time the most modern rail tunnel in the world– and the 60 kilometre-long mountain line, which was an impressive and pioneering feat of engineering when it opened in 1913.
The subsidiary BLS Cargo AG plays a pivotal role in rail freight haulage in Alpine transit through Switzerland.
Alongside its rail business, the BLS is also involved in other transport
sectors. In the Emmental, the BLS operates an extended bus network with 18 lines thanks to its subsidiary company Busland AG and with BLS Navigation and its car transport service runs further, non-subsidised businesses. A cruise on Lakes Thun and Brienz is a good advertisement for the Bernese Oberland as a tourist destination. Car transport on the Lötschberg between Kandersteg and Goppenstein provides Switzerland’s most efficient car transportation service. Around 3,000 employees from around 20 nations work for the BLS. From the most varied of professions, they are committed to ensuring that the BLS offers its customers the best possible service on a daily basis and that purchasers are supplied with what has been agreed. The major shareholder of the BLS Ltd. is the Canton of Berne.