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How to use bus in CH

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I have just arrived CH use train a couple of times as well as bought the half price card. However, I have never used bus. Could someone explain me how bus in CH works?, eg:
- How to buy ticket?, can it be applied with the "half-price"
- How many types of buses? Are they the same in terms of the way to use?
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Hello EF members
I have just arrived CH use train a couple of times as well as bought the half price card. However, I have never used bus. Could someone explain me how bus in CH works?, eg:
- How to buy ticket?, can it be applied with the "half-price"
- How many types of buses? Are they the same in terms of the way to use?
Thank you in advance.
You can use the same ticket as for the train, also with half price.
I Switzerland you can use about any kind of public transport with one ticket.

About the type of bus: green, blue, red, long, short, high, low etc

The principle is the same for all types of buses:
1. wait at stop
2. get in
3. drive until destination
4. get out
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Re: How to use bus in CH

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The principle is the same for all types of buses:
1. wait at stop
2. get in
3. drive until destination
4. get out
I tried that and got shouted at; apparently you're not meant to drive the buses yourself. Must be some union thing.
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Re: How to use bus in CH

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You can use the same ticket as for the train, also with half price.
I Switzerland you can use about any kind of public transport with one ticket.

About the type of bus: green, blue, red, long, short, high, low etc

The principle is the same for all types of buses:
1. wait at stop
2. get in
3. drive until destination
4. get out
Is it possible to buy ticket from the driver? My place is near bus stop but quite far from the train station so I can not buy the ticket from these machine. Thanks
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Re: How to use bus in CH

There are ticket machines at all bus stops. You must buy the ticket before boarding.

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That, at least, used to be the case ... its been a few years since I spent much time in cities (no busses in alpine villages ).
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Re: How to use bus in CH

I don't know about Lausanne, but our local buses have a ticket machine on the bus.
On Post buses, you pay the driver.

We use buses most days so we have a yearly pass which works out cheaper.
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The principle is the same for all types of buses:
1. wait at stop
1a. Buy ticket
2. get in
3. drive until destination
4. get out
A minor, but perhaps essential, addition.
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There are ticket machines at all bus stops. You must buy the ticket before boarding.

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That, at least, used to be the case ... its been a few years since I spent much time in cities (no busses in alpine villages ).
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The Post buses do indeed serve alpine villages very well here- I think. Plenty going to Evolène, Les Haudères and even Arolla for instance, as I remember you know that area well RInNH. And with 1 ticket useable on both and joint timetables that link. Compared to the UK, this is brilliant.

www.sbb.ch
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Is it possible to buy ticket from the driver?
Seems to vary from town to town. In Neuchâtel you can't, in Zug and Luzern you can, on all post buses you can as hannah's auntie says. Not sure about Lausanne.
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The Post buses do indeed serve alpine villages very well here ...
I do indeed know the yellow busses well

But I am pretty sure that the OP was asking about city buses.
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Is it possible to buy ticket from the driver? My place is near bus stop but quite far from the train station so I can not buy the ticket from these machine. Thanks
OP, download the SBB app or the app for your local bus company to your phone and buy your tickets that way. You can also buy online, but then you'd have to print the tickets out. Yes, you can use your Halbtax/half price card with these purchasing methods, and you can buy tickets on one smartphone for more than one person per journey.
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Re: How to use bus in CH

http://www.t-l.ch/nos-solutions/faci.../distributeurs

This seems to be the page for Lausanne bus/metro ticket distributors. Seems you can buy tickets from the driver within Lausanne region. I'd hazard a guess that this means that there are machines inside the Lausanne metros?

Perhaps someone has time to translate relevant info from the site

If you're establishing residency in Lausanne I recommend getting a monthly/yearly pass, much less hassle and normally way cheaper than individual tickets depending on how often you use public transport.
http://www.mobilis-vaud.ch/index.php/tarifs
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... Not sure about Lausanne.
Neither you nor I know, but does

From the TL website:
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Vous pouvez acheter votre billet à l'aide de nos nombreux distributeurs
Par SMS
Dans nos Centres clientèle tl
The list does not include on board, and last year I used the metro in Lausanne and there was no way (that I noticed) to buy tickets on board.
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Re: How to use bus in CH

Rule of thumb, country-wide (as far as this little country can be called wide):

If there is a ticket vending machine at the station, you have to buy your ticket there. Otherwise it has to purchased on the bus, either from the driver (especially on the yellow Post buses) or at a ticket machine inside. If other people get on the bus through the door next to the driver, do the same to be on the safe side. Simples.
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Re: How to use bus in CH

Time for a lausannois(e) to step up and resolve the issue
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Re: How to use bus in CH

Thanks all for your advise, I am actually living in Orbe town temporary (I will change my profile now). I have also the SSB app and will give it a try next time. Have a nice weekend
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Re: How to use bus in CH

What about 'composter son billet' - nothing to do with composting- but having to put your ticket in the machine by the bus stop or in the bus- so the time and date of your departure is stamped on the ticket.
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Re: How to use bus in CH

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http://www.t-l.ch/nos-solutions/faci.../distributeurs

This seems to be the page for Lausanne bus/metro ticket distributors. Seems you can buy tickets from the driver within Lausanne region. I'd hazard a guess that this means that there are machines inside the Lausanne metros?

Perhaps someone has time to translate relevant info from the site

If you're establishing residency in Lausanne I recommend getting a monthly/yearly pass, much less hassle and normally way cheaper than individual tickets depending on how often you use public transport.
http://www.mobilis-vaud.ch/index.php/tarifs
Okay, done my best to translate that, hope it makes some kind of sense!
glowjupiter's right though, the cheapest and simplest way (once you're settled at a more permanent address) would be to go to the mobilis offices and arrange a monthly or yearly season ticket.

Achat de billets

600 distributeurs existent sur le réseau tl. Vous disposez de trois moyens de paiement:


600 ticket machines exists on the system Transport Lausanne. There are three methods of payment:




Monnaie (CHF ou Euro). Tous nos distributeurs rendent la monnaie.
1- Cash (either Swiss Francs or Euros. All our machines give change.
  • Carte prépayée Galaxy
  • 2- Galaxy prepaid card (the blue link takes you to a list of avaliable values, at the bottom of that page (also in blue) there are links to either setting up a personal account to order cards and have them posted to you, as well as to a list of places that sell these cards).
Vous disposez d'une palette de moyens de paiement encore plus large le long du métro m2 grâce à 70 distributeurs tactiles: le paiement par carte de crédit ou de débit. L'utilisation est facilitée, laissez-vous guider par les instructions à l'écran.
There's a wider range of payment methods the length of the metro line thanks to 70 'touch screen' machines that accept credit and debit cards. They're easy to use, allow yourself to be guided by the instructions that will appear on the screen.


Pour le réseau régional, l'achat de billets peut s'effectuer auprès du conducteur. Les billets de banque sont acceptés jusqu'à un montant de CHF 50.- ou € 20.-
3- On the regional system tickets can be bought from the driver. Bank notes are accepted up to a total of chf 50, or €20.

(I think that's probably meant to mean the value of each individual note rather than the actual total. Unclear).


Renouvellement de votre abonnement

Renewing your season ticket using the automatic machines (Copernic).

Automates Copernic

Vous avez la possibilité de renouveler votre abonnement n'importe quand, sans file d'attente grâce aux automates Copernic, disposés dans les lieux les plus fréquentés de la région.


You can renew your season ticket any time, without queuing by using a Copenic machine, avaliable in the busier places in the area.





Le paiement peut être effectué par:
  • Postcard
  • carte EC
  • cartes de crédit Eurocard, Visa, Diners et American Express


These accept;

Postcard
EC card (debit bank card)
Credit card Eurocard, Visa, Diners and American Express.

Machines found here;
City of Lausanne

  • Bel-Air, Centre Métropole 2000, entrée rue de Genève (ascenseurs)
  • Bellevaux, Aloys-Fauquez 116, BCV
  • Bergières, Bergières 50, marché Migros
  • Caroline, 1005 Lausanne, centre COOP
  • Chauderon, gare LEB, sous-sol
  • CHUV, Rue du Bugnon, hall d'entrée
  • Flon, Place de l'Europe
  • Gare CFF, Place de la Gare, hall central
  • La Sallaz, Place de la Sallaz, marché Migros
  • Pont de Chailly, abri tl Nord
Outskirts


  • Crissier, Ch. de Closalet 7, centre commercial MMM
  • Epalinges, Place de la Croix-Blanche 19, 1066 Epalinges (centre commercial)
  • EPFL Ecublens, site universitaire, accueil-information
  • Pully, gare CFF quai Sud
  • Renens, gare CFF, Place de la Gare 3 (salle d'attente) et Av. du 14 Avril
  • UNIL Dorigny, Bâtiment BFSH 2
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What about 'composter son billet' - nothing to do with composting- but having to put your ticket in the machine by the bus stop or in the bus- so the time and date of your departure is stamped on the ticket.
Do they still have those in Lausanne, Odile?

They disappeared from the Geneva bus/tram system eons ago and were replaced with credit card style pre-payment cards.
Which you can buy in most newspaper shops, so more readily avaliable than they are in Lausanne!

I know 'composting' tickets still exist to use on train platforms, but suspect their days are numbered.
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Re: How to use bus in CH

My advice also for the buses in Lausanne: download the app for your telephone http://t-l.ch/se-deplacer/informatio...cation-tl-live. You can buy your tickets directly with an sms, there are options for the normal ticket 1 hour, 1/2 price with your 1/2 price card, daily ticket, etc.

I don't use the galaxy cards anymore, every time I buy one, it seems like the machine always steals a franc or two...So I've been using cash or the app with ticket by sms. If you're taking the bus daily, better to get the montly/yearly pass.

And you can't buy tickets on the bus (or metro), you need to have your pass, or buy a ticket from a machine or sms.
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