Apple Maps Now Provides Transit Directions Across Switzerland

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Apple has updated its Maps app to include transit information for Switzerland, including indoor maps for the country's busiest airport in Zurich.


Apple has yet to update its official list of locations for which Maps offers Transit data, but several tipsters contacted MacRumors to confirm the information is already live.

Switzerland is renowned for its integrated country-wide transport network, and Apple appears to have taken advantage of the Swiss government's open API initiative, making comprehensive data available for all train, tram, bus, and boat, and other funicular connections around the country.


Swiss connections to nearby connections abroad also feature in Apple's coverage, while indoor maps for Zurich airport provide location information for passport controls, security checks, toilets, shops, and more.

Google Maps has supported transit directions for several years now, but Apple Maps has been adding transit data since 2015 and is steadily catching up with detailed routing information.

(Thanks Bernd, Eric, Peter, and Sybrand!)

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Mac-lover3

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Whats your source?
It's obvious how Apple gradually rolls these out. Look at the Public Transport map mode in Belgium and you see they added all the red outlines. This was the case in Switzerland as well as I had said in a previous thread and I was right about that one. So my source? Logical thinking and myself.
 

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It's obvious how Apple gradually rolls these out. Look at the Public Transport map mode in Belgium and you see they added all the red outlines. This was the case in Switzerland as well as I had said in a previous thread and I was right about that one. So my source? Logical thinking and myself.
For Geneva, I saw Apple adding/actualising the names of bus and tram stops over the last month, so if you spot them showing up in your area, it is a good sign.
 

RockDakota

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For Geneva, I saw Apple adding/actualising the names of bus and tram stops over the last month, so if you spot them showing up in your area, it is a good sign.
Same for Denmark.
I noticed that over the last couple of months they gradually added all stations, bus stops, and their names.
Should also be available shortly.
 
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cube

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Geneva Airport has an electronics shop airside, an Interdiscount landside which sells Apple products, and a mall outside. Apple Maps already had it.
 
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Belgium , Denmark , Sweden , Norway , Latvia , and Lithuania , seem likely to be added sooner than later. Northern Germany also looks close, but will Apple wait until the rest of Germany is finished to add them? Portugal is showing progress, but not as close as other countries. Italy is hard to get a read on. Starting to see some sprinkles in France . And in Spain , Barcelona is being worked on.
 

sos47

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woohooh!!!!
(I am dead when my region is covered by apple maps)
 

ckhris1613

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It's obvious how Apple gradually rolls these out. Look at the Public Transport map mode in Belgium and you see they added all the red outlines. This was the case in Switzerland as well as I had said in a previous thread and I was right about that one. So my source? Logical thinking and myself.
If we were all as smart as you the world would be so much better. Way to pat urself on the back.
 

cube

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Geneva Airport has an electronics shop airside, an Interdiscount landside which sells Apple products, and a mall outside.

The app would currently take you to the Geneva Apple Store or some other shop in town.
Geneva Airport was actually the first place in Switzerland supported by indoor geolocation in Apple Maps since December 2017 (only 6 European airports had it back then).
 
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mrow

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I was just in Zurich two weeks ago and had to rely on Google Maps for transit since Apple didn’t support it. It was my first time using Google Maps in years. The walking directions UI is particularly terrible.
 

Robert.Walter

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If we were all as smart as you the world would be so much better. Way to pat urself on the back.
I agree your first sentence, disagree second, as the person is indeed clever and was asked.

What did you contribute?
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I was just in Zurich two weeks ago and had to rely on Google Maps for transit since Apple didn’t support it. It was my first time using Google Maps in years. The walking directions UI is particularly terrible.
So that WAS you!
 

manu chao

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Tried a couple of connections, it seems to miss some connections that require switching trains (eg, if there are both direct trains and connections requiring switching trains, often having the same total travel time, it only shows the direct trains).

So far I still clearly prefer the touch timetable that is part of the official SBB (Swiss national train operator) app (which is based on the Viadi app's touch timetable, the latter covering Switzerland and Germany). You set up up to 16 tiles with train, tram or bus stations and to look up a connection you just swipe from the tile representing your starting point to the one representing your destination to get an immediate lookup. There are additional tiles to select any other start or end point plus recently used locations and locations nearby.
 

ignatius345

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Used Apple Maps across much of Spain recently and found it quite good for the most part. We had one truly epic fail, but that was due mostly to some ambiguity in the address. Otherwise, Maps was quite reliable and accurate. Transit directions in Madrid were spot-on.
 

flylcarusfly

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Nobody's reported it yet for some reason but transit directions are now available in Manila and a few other places around the Philippines.
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Belgium , Denmark , Sweden , Norway , Latvia , and Lithuania , seem likely to be added sooner than later. Northern Germany also looks close, but will Apple wait until the rest of Germany is finished to add them? Portugal is showing progress, but not as close as other countries. Italy is hard to get a read on. Starting to see some sprinkles in France . And in Spain , Barcelona is being worked on.
Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Belgium, and northern Germany are next. The transit maps can already be viewed with a developer profile and playing with some settings.