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Old 16.03.2015, 06:43
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Re: Who amongst you knew that bikes need a train ticket?

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Dogs as well! Jeez, this country - payment required for absolutely everything... except filling the aisles and seats with luggage, apparently.
Yeah. Rather than increasing the fees for everyone, including people who don't use certain services, they charge people for what they actually use. How novel!
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Old 16.03.2015, 08:03
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...Jeez, this country - payment required for absolutely everything... except filling the aisles and seats with luggage, apparently.
You pay for that not to happen - by getting a first class ticket.
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Old 16.03.2015, 08:15
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You pay for that not to happen - by getting a first class ticket.
No difference.
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Old 16.03.2015, 09:37
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Re: Who amongst you knew that bikes need a train ticket?

I didn't say you'd receive it - but that's what you pay for.
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Old 16.03.2015, 09:48
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Re: Who amongst you knew that bikes need a train ticket?

I just Googled it for you. Search terms "bicycle" and "sbb".

http://www.sbb.ch/en/station-service...-the-trip.html

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Re: Who amongst you knew that bikes need a train ticket?

nah..1st class is for the privilege of not sharing a carriage with poor people.

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Old 16.03.2015, 10:38
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And while I'm clearly not saying he was wrong, how was I expected to know? Where are the signs telling me that bikes require a ticket?
Well it's a bit like any national law that's different from your 'home' country, it's assumed that foreigners living here should acquaint themselves with local rules and regulations, rather than spoon-feeding them every possible bit of information they may require.

In this specific case why would anyone here think they need big signs everywhere about charges for bicycles? It's the norm, as far as they're concerned, and it would no more occur to them to make a big deal about informing you than they would to make a big deal about the national speed limits here being lower than they are in France and Germany. In both cases the information is signed in some places but not others (only major border crossing inform of the speed limits for example) but it seems reasonable to expect foreigners to mke sure they know.

Sure, it's easy, as a foreigner, to not know these things, but for example the first time I realised the normal rural road speed limit was 80, rather than 90kph, was when I got a speeding ticket for it. Did I complain? Well, of course, because I think the place I got flashed it's stupid to have such a limit, but rationally I knew damned well that it was my own fault for not knowing, as I'd clearly simply not made an effort to find out.
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Re: Who amongst you knew that bikes need a train ticket?

I note a GA for a bike is CHF220 whilst for a large (chargeable) dog CHF780 according to the SBB website. It also states that some ICN trains require you to make a reservation for your bike.
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Old 16.03.2015, 11:03
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Re: Who amongst you knew that bikes need a train ticket?

This thread needs a poll.

I knew, because a work colleague told me when she heard I'd bought a bike. My German was pretty near nonexistent at the time, and this was before ticket machines everywhere learned to speak English: if she hadn't mentioned it I probably wouldn't have known.

(What I didn't know was that there's a special cheap fare for bikes. I had a half-fare card for myself but I bought full-fare tickets for my bike. Did that for several months until I finally got checked and the friendly ticket inspector clued me in.)
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Old 16.03.2015, 12:08
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Re: Who amongst you knew that bikes need a train ticket?

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Ah yes. But not if you buy a bag to put it in. Then it is considered as normal luggage.
(German) http://blog.tagesanzeiger.ch/outdoor...m-velo-im-zug/

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Old 16.03.2015, 12:09
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.... It also states that some ICN trains require you to make a reservation for your bike.

This is a point not to forget!

If you use an ICN train (the Bombardier white tilting trains), you have to buy a 5 franc reservation on top of the other tickets.

However, if you don't have it, you only have to pay 15 franc surcharge (reservation fee plus 10 francs) and potentially have to get off the train at the next stop if all spots have been reserved.
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Old 16.03.2015, 13:13
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Re: Who amongst you knew that bikes need a train ticket?

Correct me if I'm worng, but aren't bikes prohibited on DB trains (Bern to Basel, for example) and TGVs?
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Old 16.03.2015, 13:33
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Re: Who amongst you knew that bikes need a train ticket?

And to top it off, our local ticket machines give a maximum of 19.90 francs return money. So if you want to buy an 18 Franc ticket with a 50 Franc bill, you're out of luck.

I seriously feel they need to revamp their machines to include their SBB website so all connections can be found.
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Old 16.03.2015, 14:00
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Correct me if I'm worng, but aren't bikes prohibited on DB trains (Bern to Basel, for example) and TGVs?
You are indeed correct, as the timetable shows:
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Old 16.03.2015, 14:05
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And to top it off, our local ticket machines give a maximum of 19.90 francs return money. So if you want to buy an 18 Franc ticket with a 50 Franc bill, you're out of luck.

I seriously feel they need to revamp their machines to include their SBB website so all connections can be found.
Buy tickets with the phone app. is the thing to do.

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You are indeed correct, as the timetable shows:
Yeah, but .... DB = Deutsche Bahn = German trains that pop over the border, as TGV is for the French equivalent.

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Old 16.03.2015, 14:10
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And to top it off, our local ticket machines give a maximum of 19.90 francs return money. So if you want to buy an 18 Franc ticket with a 50 Franc bill, you're out of luck.
Don't they take cards? All the ones I've seen do.
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Old 16.03.2015, 14:22
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I note a GA for a bike is CHF220 whilst for a large (chargeable) dog CHF780 according to the SBB website.
Based on this, I will stop riding my dog to work. I'll buy a bike and save money too.

Look out for my thread in the pet section. Well-ridden labrador seeks careful new owner.
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Old 16.03.2015, 14:31
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Look out for my thread in the pet section. Well-ridden labrador seeks careful new owner.
MFK?

Or a lab report, at least.
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Old 16.03.2015, 16:19
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MFK?

Or a lab report, at least.
It failed the MFK, cos it's a bloody dog!
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It failed the MFK, cos it's a bloody dog!
You should have cleaned the blood off before you took it for the test.
Everyone knows that the MFK inspectors don't like to get their hands dirty.
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