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Train tickets - valid all day or limited time?

Hi all,

Please help me understand Swiss ticket system. Some tickets are valid for specific zones and are valid only for a limited period of time (e.g. a couple of hours). Others are valid for the whole day. How do I know in advance which one do I get for a certain route?

In general I noticed that longer routes (e.g. Geneve - Luzern) tend to be valid for the day and shorter routes (e.g. Littau - Luzern) tend to be valid for a limited time. But how do i know about others, if it's a medium-length route (e.g. Zurich-Luzern)?

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Re: Train tickets - valid all day or limited time?

Here's a start: http://www.sbb.ch/en/travelcards-and...und-trips.html

When you are on that particular site, there are links to other types of tickets and fares, along with a tab showing validity, etc.
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Re: Train tickets - valid all day or limited time?

Inter-city return tickets (over 115 km) are normally valid for 10 days, one-way only one day.

(it used to be 30 days)

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Re: Train tickets - valid all day or limited time?

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Here's a start: http://www.sbb.ch/en/travelcards-and...und-trips.html

When you are on that particular site, there are links to other types of tickets and fares, along with a tab showing validity, etc.
It gives a good overview, but it says that tickets up to 115 km are valid for one day, and I'm quite sure it's not always the case. Some tickets I bought (usually a route inside one canton) were valid for just a couple of hours.
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It gives a good overview, but it says that tickets up to 115 km are valid for one day, and I'm quite sure it's not always the case. Some tickets I bought (usually a route inside one canton) were valid for just a couple of hours.
That depends if it's a train ticket or other type.

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That depends if it's a train ticket or other type.

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I'm not 100% sure, but I think i bought a ticket Safenwil - Zofingen once, and it was limited for 1.5 hours only, even though I travelled by train only.
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I'm not 100% sure, but I think i bought a ticket Safenwil - Zofingen once, and it was limited for 1.5 hours only, even though I travelled by train only.
Was it a one-way ticket?
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I'm not 100% sure, but I think i bought a ticket Safenwil - Zofingen once, and it was limited for 1.5 hours only, even though I travelled by train only.
It wasn't a train ticket, but a local transport ticket of the common tariff area called "A-welle". It doesn't matter which mean of transport you use it can be train, bus, tram, ferry...
How to know? sbb.ch

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I'm not 100% sure, but I think i bought a ticket Safenwil - Zofingen once, and it was limited for 1.5 hours only, even though I travelled by train only.
Yes, but it probably wasn't an SBB ticket but an A-Welle ticket or something like that. Generally trips within Verkehrsverbund areas (such as ZVV, A-Welle, Ostwind, etc etc) are issued by the Verkehrsverbund rather than SBB, even if printed out on SBB paper or bought at an SBB ticket window or from an SBB machine.
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Dear all, thank you, I think I'm starting to understand this. So if Sbb.ch mentions something about "A-Welle" when I have chosen a destination for a one-way trip, that means it's going to be for a limited time.

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Was it a one-way ticket?
Yes, it was!

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Yes, it was!

This is the reason. The machine is selling you a ticket for immediate travel. You can buy a ticket for a later date (note sure about time), you have to touch the lower right hand button, I think, and you will be given instructions.

Here is something for you to play with

http://www.sbb.ch/bahnhof-services/a...tomat-sbb.html (you can switch to ENG on top of the page)

http://www.sbb.ch/en/station-service...t-machine.html
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This is the reason. The machine is selling you a ticket for immediate travel. You can buy a ticket for a later date (note sure about time), you have to touch the lower right hand button, I think, and you will be given instructions.

Here is something for you to play with

http://www.sbb.ch/bahnhof-services/a...tomat-sbb.html (you can switch to ENG on top of the page)

http://www.sbb.ch/en/station-service...t-machine.html
Wow, I didn't know there was an Automat simulation online . But it only shows tickets from Bern for some reason and there's no possibility to change the departure point. Still, cool to play with and understand these Automats a bit more!
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