The Federal Office of Transport issues approval for the company to use the Swiss rail network. The conditions of the Railway Act (EBG [Eisenbahngesetz]) and the Network Access Ordinance (NZV [Netzzugangsverordnung]) are the basis of the approval.
The most important conditions in short form
The rail company seeking network access has its headquarters in Switzerland or the EU.
Network access for other foreign companies conforms to the respective international agreement.
The company has a grant or licence for the operation of trains according to the Railway Act (EBG).
The financial basis is guaranteed.
There is insurance of at least 100 million Swiss francs per claim.
Qualified staff guarantees safe operation.
The vehicles comply with the legal requirements for safe railway operation.
It is guaranteed that safety provisions are observed for the travelled routes.