Switzerland’s Federal Roads Office (FEDRO) issued a traffic warning today ahead of the long weekends in May and June. The public holiday this Thursday (Ascension) means many will take a day of leave on Friday to make a four-day weekend.
Monday 5 June is also a public holiday (Pentecost) creating a three-day weekend. Later in June a public holiday on Thursday 15 June (Corpus Christi) is expected to bring further spikes in traffic.
FEDRO predicts north-south routes will be the most heavily affected, particularly the A13 approaching the Gotthard tunnel. In addition, they predict dense traffic on the following stretches of road:
Spiez – Kandersteg
Gampel – Goppenstein
Brunnen – Flüelen (Axenstrasse)
Rarogne – Brig
Bellinzone – Locarno
At the beginning of summer queues to load cars on to car-carrying trains that pass through tunnels are typically shorter. Some like the Oberalp service will not run because the road pass will be open.