A Swiss-Serbian success story: the Swiss Ambassador visits the Basler trams at the GSP premises

Local news, 21.06.2021

The visit to the Belgrade Public Transport Company (GSP) provided a very good opportunity to get to know the company GSP as well as to have a closer look at the trams from Basel. Both are playing a crucial role in the everyday mobility of the Serbian capital and contribute to the achievement of the goal of Belgrade becoming a green city by 2030.

Swiss Embassy and GSP representatives
Swiss Embassy and GSP representatives ©GSP Belgrade

This year marks 20 years since the first Basel trams arrived in Belgrade. Since 2001, a total of 65 tramcars and 48 trams have been shipped from Basel to Belgrade. These 113 trams still make up a third of Belgrade’s tram fleet. The donation, worth 4.5 million Swiss Francs, marked the beginning of a great success story: despite their advanced age, the Swiss trams still function excellently and transport the citizens of Belgrade every day. It is simply impossible to imagine Belgrade city life without them.

The directorate of GSP and Ambassador Schmid agreed that this 20 years anniversary of Swiss trams in Belgrade must and will be duly celebrated this year. A public event for the citizens of Belgrade in late summer will be organized in close cooperation with the city administration. The aim is not only to celebrate the successful partnership of Switzerland and Belgrade in the past, but to also show that trams are as a sustainable and clean means of transportation for the future.