Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Help & tips > Transportation/driving
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 19.09.2007, 18:04
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Boston
Posts: 217
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 68 Times in 41 Posts
patrickrd has earned the respect of manypatrickrd has earned the respect of manypatrickrd has earned the respect of many
Bringing bicycles on trains, trams, boats, ...

Hi all,

My girlfriend and I are new to Switzerland, and we are having some trouble finding out the rules about bringing bicycles on the public transport lines. We found out that there is a bicycle "day pass", but how do we know which trains we are allowed to bring them on? I have read about a special bicycle car on the train, but haven't seen it on any of the trains I've been on. How about the Zurich tram lines (is the bike day pass good on these)? I also saw some cyclists crossing the Zurichsee on a boat, and wondered if a bike pass allows for that as well. Any knowledge that you could share would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks - Patrick
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 19.09.2007, 18:17
RetiredInNH's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: New Hampshire, USA
Posts: 1,968
Groaned at 13 Times in 5 Posts
Thanked 1,176 Times in 602 Posts
Blog Entries: 13
RetiredInNH has a reputation beyond reputeRetiredInNH has a reputation beyond reputeRetiredInNH has a reputation beyond reputeRetiredInNH has a reputation beyond reputeRetiredInNH has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Bringing bicycles on trains, trams, boats, ...

Patrick,

You will find an incredible amount of information in the thread Cycling in Switzerland, and on the related thread Taking a bike on the train for free.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 19.09.2007, 20:19
ChrisW's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Lausanne (or out on my bike)
Posts: 1,949
Groaned at 10 Times in 7 Posts
Thanked 856 Times in 495 Posts
ChrisW has a reputation beyond reputeChrisW has a reputation beyond reputeChrisW has a reputation beyond reputeChrisW has a reputation beyond reputeChrisW has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Bringing bicycles on trains, trams, boats, ...

Hopefully you'll get some responses from some of the cyclists closer to Zurich regarding the trams and boats in that region. As for the SBB trains, though, the day pass for bicycles from the SBB is valid on all their trains, just look out for a bicycle logo on the door to tell you where to get on.

On the older trains, there is usually a bicycle symbol at one end of each carriage, where you'll find a place for bicycles with hooks up high that you hang the bike on using the front wheel. There aren't as many places on the newer trains. On the bi-level (aka double-decker) trains, the only place is at the opposite end of the train from the engine - half of the bottom of the carriage is devoted to a big bike rack. For the ICN trains (i.e., the white, tilting trains), you need a reservation for a bicycle costing an additional 5 francs (on top of the 10 franc day pass) between March 21st and October 31st, outside of those dates the reservation is not required. On the ICN trains, the bike rack is behind each driver's cab - so there is one at each end of the train and two more in the middle if it is a double-length ICN (i.e., two 7-carriage ICN train-sets joined together).

There are some trains in Switzerland on which bicycles are not allowed, but not very many. Generally, these are on a few of the smaller train lines that are not run by the SBB, some of the special tourist trains, and the high speed trains from neighboring countries. The TGVs from France, the Cisalpino trains from Italy, and the ICE trains from Germany all have their own restrictions, which I do not know very well. To check that a certain train does allow bicycles, you can check the schedule on the SBB website and if a train has a bicycle symbol with a line through it then you know that bikes are not allowed. You can also check this at the station by looking at the departures poster (the yellow poster that says 'departures' or 'abfahrt' at the top), find your train, and check that it does not have a crossed-out bicycle symbol on it.

Happy cycling!
__________________
Cycling in Switzerland | Photo blog (mostly travel pics from Switzerland)
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 20.09.2007, 00:15
Nathu's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Zürich
Posts: 4,884
Groaned at 18 Times in 16 Posts
Thanked 2,208 Times in 1,248 Posts
Nathu has a reputation beyond reputeNathu has a reputation beyond reputeNathu has a reputation beyond reputeNathu has a reputation beyond reputeNathu has a reputation beyond reputeNathu has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Bringing bicycles on trains, trams, boats, ...

The situation in canton Zurich is a bit complicated because every transport company of the ZVV organisation has different rules. You can find the detailed table here in German.

If you transport the bicycle only inside the ZVV system, you have to buy your ticket a second time. If you have a half fare card (Halbtax), the bicycle only requires a half fare ticket, too. If you leave the ZVV territory during the bicycle transport, or if the second ticket costs more than 15 Fr. (10 Fr. with half fare), you should buy the normal train-compatible day pass for the bicycle, which is valid on ZVV lines, too.

You can transport your bicycle in the trams if there is enough space left for the other passengers (this applies for all ZVV member companies that allow bicycle transports). All ships on Lake Zurich except the small Limmatschiff allow bicycles. The Horgen-Meilen ferry accepts bicycles, too, it costs just 3 Fr., cyclist included. In double-decker trains (S-Bahn), bicycle transports are allowed except Mo-Fr 6-8am and 4-7pm.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
train




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Internet on Trains telandy Transportation/driving 24 15.02.2008 11:31
[Geneva] Mums social event (bringing kids) kittyk8te Family matters/health 2 19.07.2007 08:09
Bringing Car over from UK Fergico Transportation/driving 9 15.05.2007 12:21
Movies on trams ExoticLatic Travel/day trips/free time 0 04.04.2007 14:29
Buses, Trams and Trains + Coop. Sausage Transportation/driving 9 12.04.2006 12:48


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 08:04.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0