BLS AG is a Swiss railway company created by the 2006 merger of BLS Lötschbergbahn and Regionalverkehr Mittelland AG. It is 55.8% owned by the canton of Berne, and 21.7% by the Swiss Confederation. It has two main business fields: passenger traffic and infrastructure.

Rail network (infrastructure) after merger: blue lines belonged to BLS Lötschbergbahn, red lines to Regionalverkehr Mittelland

BLS has a subsidiary—BLS Cargo—which is responsible for all freight operations. BLS Cargo works in cooperation with the freight subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn, Railion. However, the staff, apart from management and sale, is employed by BLS AG. Part of the BLS locomotive fleet is owned by BLS Cargo.


In 2007 the new, 34.6-kilometre-long (21.5 mi), Lötschberg Base Tunnel opened, which is part of the 449 km of infrastructure owned and operated by BLS AG. The Lötschberg base tunnel was built by a wholly owned subsidiary BLS AlpTransit AG. By mid-2007 this company handed over the base tunnel to BLS AG. In 2009 this company was renamed BLS Netz AG and the whole BLS infrastructure passed over to this company which is mainly owned by the Swiss Confederation, which has paid for most of the recent investments.

BLS AG owns or operates on the following railway lines:

Rolling stockEdit

Also see Bern–Lötschberg–Simplon railway#Locomotives and multiple units

BLS Re 485 014-5 in Spiez, 18 February 2006.
BLS RABe 528 (right) in Neuchâtel, 28 May 2021

BLS Cargo has the following rolling stock.

In 2010, 28 Stadler KISS EMUs were ordered; the first was delivered in March 2012. As of 2012, BLS was planning to spend around 1·2bn SFr on new rolling stock by 2025, building a more standardised fleet with fewer different types of train.[1] In 2017, 58 Stadler FLIRT EMUs were ordered, expected to enter service between 2021 and 2026.[2]

Passenger train servicesEdit

Since the merger, BLS has been the exclusive operator of the standard gauge part of the S-Bahn Bern. This includes open access services over Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and STB Sensetalbahn tracks. Since December 2007 BLS offers a new RegioExpress service over the old Lötschberg route while most SBB and Cisalpino, InterCity, and EuroCity trains use the new Lötschberg tunnel. Here is a full list of regular BLS train services:

S-Bahn Bern
  • S1 Fribourg-Bern-Münsingen-Thun
  • S2 Laupen-Bern-Konolfingen-Langnau
  • S3 Biel/Bienne-Lyss-Bern-Belp
  • S31 (Biel/Bienne-)Münchenbuchsee-Bern-Belp-Thun
  • S4 Thun-Belp-Bern-Burgdorf-Langnau
  • S44 Thun-Belp-Bern-Burgdorf-Solothurn/Sumiswald-Grünen
  • S5 Bern-Kerzers-Neuenburg/Murten(-Payerne)
  • S51 Bern-Stöckacker-Bern Brünnen Westside
  • S52 Bern-Bern Brünnen Westside-Kerzers
  • S6 Bern-Köniz-Schwarzenburg
S-Bahn Luzern
  • S6 Langnau-Wolhusen-Malters-Luzern
  • S7 Langenthal-Huttwil-Willisau-Wolhusen-Luzern (coupled with the RE Bern-Luzern between Wolhusen and Luzern)
RegioExpress (RE)
  • RE Bern-Langnau-Luzern
  • RE Bern-Neuchâtel-La Chaux-de-Fonds
  • RE Bern-Münsingen-Spiez-Brig/Zweisimmen
Regional trains (R)
  • R Interlaken Ost-Spiez-Wiessenbach-Zweisimmen
  • R Spiez-Frutigen
  • R Thun-Konolfingen-Hasle Rüegsau
  • R Thun-Konolfingen-Burgdorf-Solothurn
  • R Kerzers-Lyss
  • R Lyss-Büren a. Aare

BLS BuslandEdit

BLS Busland operates a fleet of 36 buses over a network that complements the passenger train services. The bus fleet comprises:

BLS NavigationEdit

MS Jungfrau on Brienzersee at Brienz

BLS owns and operates steamers on Lake Brienz and Lake Thun under the BLS Navigation brand. These steamers utilise the Interlaken and Thun ship canals.


  1. ^ "Railway Gazette: First KISS for BLS". Railway Gazette International. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  2. ^ "BLS selects Stadler for its largest rolling stock order". Railway Gazette International. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2017.

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