May 23, 2024

Traffic: Here you need a lot of patience at the beginning of the Easter holidays


Here you need a lot of patience at the beginning of the Easter holidays

The Federal Road Office has published traffic forecasts for Easter. Accordingly, there should be prolonged traffic jams, especially on the north and south axes A2 Gotthard and A13 San Bernardino.


This year, too, there should be long Easter traffic jams.

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  • On Easter Sunday, long columns of cars are likely to form again on the various Swiss motorways.

  • This is the result of a prediction by the Federal Road Traffic Office.

  • A lot of patience is required, especially on the A2 before Gotthard and on the A13 over San Bernardino.

During Easter days, there are supposed to be prolonged traffic jams and major traffic jams from April 5, 2023 due to holiday travel, Astra wrote in a statement. Especially on the north and south axes of A2 Gotthard and A13 San Bernardino, the high volume of traffic will cause traffic jams and loss of time. The Federal Road Office also expects a high volume of traffic on minor roads to known trekking areas and on motorways in Maitland.

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“Experience has shown that Easter traffic starts early on the Wednesday afternoon before the holiday. From this time, as well as on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, travelers should expect to lose time and wait – especially in front of the northern gate of the Gotthard Road tunnel,” Astra writes. In order to proceed as smoothly as possible, it is therefore recommended to set off early on Wednesday or Maundy Thursday morning.

The wave of round-trip travel on the south-north axis should then begin later on Easter Sunday, and an increase in return travel can also be expected on Easter Monday. It is advised to make the return trip outside of these days, if possible.

According to Astra, handicaps should be expected in the following ways in particular:


  • A1 Harkingen – A1 Härkingen a

  • A1 / A6 in the Bern region, A1 Geneva (Bardonnex border crossing)

  • A9 Lausanne region

  • A2 Puzzle

  • A2 Diegten – Harkingen

  • A2 / A14 Lucerne region (from Stans-Nord / return trip)

  • A2 Erstfeld – Biasca (Gotthard Road Tunnel)

  • A2 Chiasso (border crossing into Italy)

  • A3 Walenstadt – Reichenburg

  • A6 Bern – Thun

  • A8 Brienz – Interlaken – Spiez

  • A8 Sarnen – Luber Junction

  • A9 Vallorbe (border crossing)

  • A9 Vevey-Martigny

  • A12 Châtel-St-Denis – La Veyre / Vevey junction

  • A13 Sarganserland – Rothenbrunnen

  • A13 Ander Misuku

  • A28 Landquart – The Abbey

major methods

  • Spiez – Kandersteg (one way)

  • Gamble-Gubenstein (The Return Journey)

  • Raron – Brig

  • Various main roads in the Bernese Oberland and Graubünden, in side valleys in the Valais and other border crossings

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car loading stations

On the outward journey, according to Astra, there may be waiting times at the following loading stations from 8 am to 4 pm: at Furka in Realp, at Lötschberg in Kandersteg and at Vereina in Klosters-Selfranga.

On the return trip, waiting times are possible from 11am to 6pm. This affects Furka in Oberwald, Lötschberg in Goppenstein and Verena in Lavin Sieglian.

ASTRA advises not to leave the motorway in a heavy traffic and not to put additional pressure on the dependent road network. Always create a rescue lane when traffic is slowing, and use the zip principle while lane closures. Drive steadily at the posted speed on construction sites. Keep your distance and ride staggered. Use both lanes in heavy traffic.

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