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Gemeinde Tageskarte and foreign visitors

I live near Zurich and plan on getting 2 Gemeinde Tageskarten. I plan on mailing them to my friends who live abroad, who will use them to get from Geneva to Zurich (one way, one day) next month.

I am getting conflicting information online. While I am qualified to buy them, is it transferable to non-Swiss residents? One source says that its transferable and no one checks ID. Another source says that its meant for CH residents so other uses for it are not allowed.
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Re: Gemeinde Tageskarte and foreign visitors

My guess is that it's Swiss residents only as the gemeinde is the one issuing them. But why not ask them directly? They'll soon tell you yes or no.
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Re: Gemeinde Tageskarte and foreign visitors

Only Swiss residents can buy them but anyone can use them.
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Re: Gemeinde Tageskarte and foreign visitors

Anyone can use them. No Halbtax nor anything is asked for.
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Re: Gemeinde Tageskarte and foreign visitors

I can find no rulings. It could even be that the parish offices who buy them from the SBB can make their own rules - they are interested in 'getting rid of them all' so demand/supply may change things. I believe parishes can also limit them to inhabitants of their own parish or leave it open.
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Re: Gemeinde Tageskarte and foreign visitors

If they are going to do any further travelling by train in Switzerland, then the transfer ticket might be an option.
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Re: Gemeinde Tageskarte and foreign visitors

I have bought several Gemeinde Tageskarten for my visitors from around the world from EU to Non- EU, nobody never had a problem. Even used for Golden Pass without an issue.

The card holder must not be a resident nor hold a valid permission, anyone from any country can use it
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Re: Gemeinde Tageskarte and foreign visitors

The Commune / Gemeinde pay the SBB / CFF about Fr 10'000 per year for each set of tickets. I think they are very happy if they are all sold, as they are not refundable. By buying the ticket you are depriving your neighbours of a cheap day ticket, but will they complain? Yes, so do don't tell them!
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Re: Gemeinde Tageskarte and foreign visitors

I've bought them for my daughter who is no longer a Swiss resident.

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Re: Gemeinde Tageskarte and foreign visitors

Officially they are reserved for the Gemeinde/Commune - and its residents.

Most G/C have the rules printed on their website- as in this case for the twon of Sion:

Ayant droit : toute personne domiciliée à Sion, sur présentation de la carte d’identité.

Right to use : any person resident in Sion, on presentation of identity card.

It also states that any abuse of system would result in being banned from buying cards. In practice- they never or rarely ask. Our local area uses an agent- as in the local newsagent/tobacconist to sell them.
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Re: Gemeinde Tageskarte and foreign visitors

Actually, my daughter is still a resident for voting purposes.

She became a non-resident, and when she registered in CA, she showed up here as a new resident on the arriving list!

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Re: Gemeinde Tageskarte and foreign visitors

It's up to the individual communes/gemeinde to decide under what conditions the sell them and fix the price. Some restrict them to residents, some sell them to anybody, some sell them to anybody but with restrictions, some can be reserved online, some will post them etc etc.

Nobody has ever checked my residence status even I've bought one and once you're in the train and using it the ticket inspector is only interested in whether you have a valid ticket or not, they have no way of checking up on how you obtained it and don't really care. Given the different possibilities depending on the commune/gemeinde rules it would be impossible for them to verify each one.

Here's the conditions from the CFF to the communes/gemeinde

http://www.cff.ch/abonnements-et-bil...e-commune.html

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Re: Gemeinde Tageskarte and foreign visitors

That really makes it clear - thanks. Is the gemeinde office the same as the Kreisbüro?
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Re: Gemeinde Tageskarte and foreign visitors

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That really makes it clear - thanks. Is the gemeinde office the same as the Kreisbüro?
If you use this link, you can see the availability in each gemeinde.

http://www.tageskarte-gemeinde.ch/en-us/

If you click on one of the green boxes (or orange for that matter) you will be taken to that gemeinde's site where you can reserve tickets and will have the address to collect the tickets along with any residency rules.

Some gemeindes will allow non-residents to buy and some of those will post out tickets (see the icons next to the gemeinde name).
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Is the gemeinde office the same as the Kreisbüro?
Yes. Zürich doesn't have Geneinden; it has Kreise instead. Much the same thing, for all intents and purposes.
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Yes. Zürich doesn't have Geneinden; it has Kreise instead. Much the same thing, for all intents and purposes.
I think I read somewhere recently that Zurich no longer sells the commune/gemeinde rails cards.
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Re: Gemeinde Tageskarte and foreign visitors

The CFF couldn't care less who's using the day cards. They aren't nominative and you don't show any ID when the cards are being checked.
However, the commune may impose limitations on who they will make them available to. Some communes limit them to their own inhabitants (which is what the CFF would like them to do), whilst others will make them more freely available. I've certainly got some from neighbouring communes in the past when my own didn't have any left.
However, once you've got the cards, I can't see how anyone could care who you give them to. I suspect you may upset people if you try and resell them, so don't put them on ebay or ricardo.
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