Crossable rest areas in Switzerland

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In most opposite service stations in Switzerland it's possible and fairly easy to get to the other side. Quite a few coupled service stations have a pedestrian bridge, a car / pedestrian bridge or a bridge restaurant over them. There are often service roads and if you follow these, you get to the other side with a walk that most often does not take more than 20 minutes. Service stations often have a fence around them, which may be too high to climb, but often it isn't very high, moreover, there is probably always a not locked gate or door.

Since several languages are spoken in Switzerland, the service stations are called Raststätte, area di servizio or aire de service, depending on the language in the region.

This is a complete overview.

The following Swiss Raststättes do allow traffic to walk from one side to the other:

Autobahn A1

  • La Côte, pedestrian bridge
  • Bavois, car and pedestrian bridge
  • Rose de la Broye, service station for both directions situated above the motorway
  • Grauholz, car and pedestrian bridge
  • Deitingen, walk about 30 minutes, crossable on the northeastbound direction with a tunnel
  • Gunzgen, walk about 20 minutes, crossable between the (not exactly oppositely situated) service stations
  • Kölliken, walk about 20 minutes, crossable between the (not exactly oppositely situated) service stations
  • Würenlos / Fressbalken, bridge restaurant
  • Kemptthal, service station for both directions situated on the eastbound side
  • Forrenberg, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the westbound direction
  • Thurau, walk about 20 minutes, crossable on the eastbound direction
  • Rheineck, pedestrian bridge

Autobahn A2

  • Pratteln, bridge restaurant
  • Neuenkirch, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the southeastbound direction
  • Gottardo, walk about 60 minutes / 6 km, crossable between the (not exactly oppositely situated) service stations most of it on the national road 2, which is hitchable

Autobahn A3

  • Herrlisberg, walk about 5 minutes, crossable with a car bridge over one of the service stations
  • Fuchsberg, pedestrian bridge
  • Glarnerland, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the southeastbound direction
  • Bergsboden, walk about 10 minutes, crossable on the northwest direction, to the southeast service station, to the northwest parking only

Autobahn A4

  • Adlikon, pedestrian bridge

Autobahn A5

  • Pieterlen, service station for both directions situated on the westbound side

Autobahn A6

  • Münsingen, walk about 5 minutes, crossable on the southeastbound direction with a bridge

Autobahn A9

  • Lavaux, pedestrian bridge
  • Le Chablais, pedestrian tunnel, walk <5 minutes, crossable between the (not exactly oppositely situated) service stations
  • Grand-St-Bernard, service station for both directions situated on the south/eastbound side

Autobahn A12

  • La Gruyère, service station for both directions situated on the northbound side

Autobahn A13

  • Buchs, pedestrian bridge
  • Heidiland, service station for both directions situated on the south/eastbound side
  • Campagnola, walk about 15 minutes, crossable on the southwestbound direction, to the southwest service station, to the northeast parking only

Cantonal Autobahn A28

  • Igis, cantonal motorway which can be crossed on foot; possible to hitch on the roadside also