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Public Transport #08: Zurich

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SBB CFF FFS





Although there are four official languages in Swiss: German, French, Italian and Romansh, the first three are the most commonly used in Swiss. As such, naming of a company/institution often comes in three abbreviation.

Swiss Federal Railways is SBB CFF FFS

SBB = Schweizerische Bundesbahnen (German)

CFF = Chemins de fer fédéraux suisses (French)

FFS = Ferrovie federali svizzere (Italian)



I assume most people will just call it SBB — but I am wondering if the French and Italian speaker would actually calls it CFF or FFS respectively.



G: Are you going to take the SBB to Geneva?

F: Non! I’m taking CFF

G: How about you?

I: I’m taking FFS…



@Zurich, Switzerland

 

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2 responses

  1. Beautiful!

    November 12, 2015 at 20:30

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