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Interesting facts about BLS Ltd

BLS enables you to travel by train, bus and boat. BLS connects people, regions and places. And if you want to transport freight – we can do that too. Either within Switzerland, or to the North Sea and the Mediterranean if required. Our broad transport offering – trains, buses, boats, Car Transport service and freight transport – makes BLS one of Switzerland’s biggest transport companies. We also transport you in the comfort of your own car through the Lötschberg and Simplon tunnels.

Employees at BLS Ltd by division

  • 362 Passenger Transport (rail, bus, navigation)
  • 770 Infrastructure
  • 1'452 Railway Operations
  • 268 Management Services (staff)
  • 352 BLS Cargo Ltd (incl. Crossrail)
  • 126 Busland AG
  • 3,162 Group total

Employee numbers include temporary staff and staff paid on an hourly basis;
as at 31/12/2019. Gender breakdown: 81.8% men and 18.2% women.

Route network

  • 520 km Operational management
  • 420 km Owned by BLS Ltd (infrastructure)
  • 700 km Rail and bus lines
  • > 1,000 km Cargo: route network

Group financial data for 2019

  • CHF 1‘195 million Operating income
  • CHF 898 million Operating expenses without depreciation
  • CHF 265 million Depreciation
  • CHF 31,2 million Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT)
  • CHF 21,3 million Earnings before taxes (EBT)
  • CHF13,5 million Group net profit

Share capital (in per cent)

  • 21.70% Swiss Federal Government
  • 55.75% Canton of Bern
  • 9.66% Non-voting shares (own shares, dispo shares)
  • 5.86% Natural and legal persons
  • 7.03 % Other cantons, municipalities

Development of transport operations and infrastructure in 2019

  • Passenger travel (in millions of people)
  • 65,3 millions – Regional transport with trains and buses
  • 1,1 million – Navigation
  • 66,4 millions Total
  • 1.3 million Car Transport (transported vehicles) Kandersteg–Goppenstein / Kandersteg–Iselle
  • 22'265 Cargo (number of trains)
  • 14,2 million Infrastructure (sold trrain-path kilometers)
  • 245 Energy consumption (traction current) Gigawatt hours
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    The BLS network brings regions together

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    Our trains, locomotives, boats and buses

    Annual report

    In the 2017 financial year, BLS generated a result of 15 million francs. A total of 64 million people traveled more than a billion kilometers on the trains, buses and on the ships of the BLS