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I have a long term Swiss RailPass, but plan a short hub stay at a hotel in Annemasse over the border in France. Annemasse is a short 6 stop tram stop on the "Rue de Geneve" tram just across from Geneva, Switzerland. Most of my day trips are into Switzerland, although I am staying in a French suburb of Geneva.
How do I buy the ticket for the 6 stops over the tram line from Geneva once passing over to France? I don't want to incur any fines. Can I buy a 6 stop round trip ticket at the tram stop auto pay or else how do I do that?
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First of all the Tram line 12 doesn't cross the border into France. Given the anti-French feeling in Geneva, I doubt the tram line will ever be extended to Annemasse like the Tram line 8 in Basel that is being extended to German suburb of Basel (Weil am Rhein).
Regarding your ticket: Both Geneva and neighboring France are part of Unireso transportation network. Geneva is in Zone 10 and Annemasse in Zone 82. You will need to buy a ticket valid for 3 zones
as zone 10 is actually counted as 2 zones. A 3-zone ticket costs Fr. 4.80 or 4 €. and is valid 2 hours.
In Geneva, buy your ticket at any of the vending machines. Select "3 Zones" and pay with Swiss or Euro coins. You won't need to buy another ticket once in France. From downtown Geneva, take Tram 12 to Moillesullaz, get out at the very last stop, walk 50 feet cross the border and take TAC bus line 1 or 2 just on the other side of the border.
From Annemasse to Geneva, you need to buy your 3-zone Unireso ticket at any kiosk "Tabac". Tickets are also available from the bus driver. For security reasons, you can only pay with Euro coins or 5 or 10 € notes.