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Swiss Pass

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Need your advise - I'm looking for a special monthly card which will allow an unrestricted travel both by bus & train in any directions within Switzerland.

Swiss Pass looks great, but there is a notice - "This pass is only available to non-residents of Switzerland or the Principality of Liechtenstein".

As far as I understand, after obtaining of the working permit, I'll become a resident of Switzerland. So the Swiss Pass will not be available for me.

What else can I buy in this regard?
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Re: Swiss Pass

http://www.sbb.ch/en/travelcards-and...passes/ga.html

Which as far as I know can only be bought on an annual basis (although if you have it less than a year I understand they will reimburse pro-rata with an extra fee*)

*If someone can confirm?

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Re: Swiss Pass

The Swiss Pass, now renamed Swiss Travel Pass, isn't available to Swiss residents as you say. The only validation on it is your passport details so if you have a non-Swiss passport I don't see how anyone would know. They can be delivered to a Swiss address.

Disclaimer. I am not recommending this
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Re: Swiss Pass

If the price of the GA makes your eyes water, you can also consider the half-fare card.
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Re: Swiss Pass

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http://www.sbb.ch/en/travelcards-and...passes/ga.html

Which as far as I know can only be bought on an annual basis (although if you have it less than a year I understand they will reimburse pro-rata with an extra fee*)

*If someone can confirm?
It can be paid for monthly (though it's more expensive that way - 12 x 330 (3960) vs 3655 CHF). The minimum subscription period is four months. You need to hold a B or C permit (or a Swiss passport might do ).

http://www.sbb.ch/en/travelcards-and...ga/adults.html
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Re: Swiss Pass

Thanks all!

"GA travelcard for adults" looks perfect. Of course price is high, but it's not a problem since company will reimburse the cost

Is it possible to buy this card offline by credit card? I found only online options.

For example, can I purchase the card in the train station of Zug? And what I need to bring with myself - passport, photo?
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can I purchase the card in the train station of Zug? And what I need to bring with myself - passport, photo?
Yes, yes.

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Passport, photo plus your residence permit.
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Re: Swiss Pass

Perfect, thanks again
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Re: Swiss Pass

From Swiss Travel System:

"The popular Swiss Pass received a new name. Immediately the all-in-one-ticket will be marketed as the Swiss Travel Pass. However, the scope of services remains unchanged. In addition, the Swiss Travel System has simplified its product range. Find the ideal ticket for your travel by train, bus and boat in Switzerland"

http://www.swisstravelsystem.com/en/...-overview.html
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It can be paid for monthly (though it's more expensive that way - 12 x 330 (3960) vs 3655 CHF). The minimum subscription period is four months. You need to hold a B or C permit (or a Swiss passport might do ).

http://www.sbb.ch/en/travelcards-and...ga/adults.html
Could you please indicate the possibility to purchase GA on monthly basis, in your link? Thanks

Tomorrow I will go to Zug station and try to receive the detailed information.
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Re: Swiss Pass

I bought my GA in person at a ticket counter. All I had to supply was a passport photo; a print-out of my personal details - name, address, date of birth; and the means to pay. It seems no ID was required if paying upfront for the year.

As for refunding part-way through the year, if you click "Refunding your annual GA travelcard" under the 'services' tab here https://www.sbb.ch/en/travelcards-an...ga/adults.html you should find...

"If you no longer require your annual GA travelcard, you can return it. The refund is calculated per month of use and not per day. A charge of 23% of the purchase price for the first month of validity and 7% for any additional month will be subtracted from the refund sum, along with a handling fee. If your GA travelcard serves as a basic GA travelcard (GA travelcard for adults, GA travelcard for young adults, GA travelcard for students (ages 25–30), GA travelcard for senior citizens or GA travelcard for the disabled), cancellation is only possible when all the associated GA travelcards are given back at the same time."

As I understand it, this means if you return it after 6 months you will get a 42% refund, less whatever the unknown "handling fee" is of course.

I have no personal experience with the pay-monthly GA option but if you click on the above link there are some T&Cs listed.
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Re: Swiss Pass

The ScottiCH One, thanks of course, but I still wonder - why it is not possible just pay for every month separately?
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Re: Swiss Pass

Who knows...maybe check with SBB?

But if as you say your company is paying can't you just buy the annual GA card and claim a refund from your employer?

Obviously if/when you hand it back to SBB for a refund I am sure you will reimburse your employer.
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Re: Swiss Pass

You have not really stated what kind of travel you intend to do. This page on SBB takes you through the different travelcards. Might be worth checking here.

http://www.sbb.ch/en/travelcards-and...itzerland.html

We don't own a car - so my little luxury is a 2nd class GA which is quite convenient as it saves figuring out ticket machines.

I used to have a first class one when we lived in Basel and I was commuting daily to Altstetten on the airport train. Also got me into the Business Lounge at HB - great for when you don't want to stump up SFr1.50 for a pee after a few beers at the midweek market.

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The ScottiCH One, thanks of course, but I still wonder - why it is not possible just pay for every month separately?
12x (monthly) admin. and handling costs, as opposed to just one time per year, would make it much more expensive than it is already.

That's the whole idea of all travel passes - plus they get their money up front.
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Re: Swiss Pass

don't forget to take a photo. you need it.
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Could you please indicate the possibility to purchase GA on monthly basis, in your link? Thanks

Tomorrow I will go to Zug station and try to receive the detailed information.
It's not very clear, it's the section labelled "Ordering the GA travelcard by subscription via invoice.".
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Re: Swiss Pass

Hi all, yesterday I was provided with the detailed info in SBB ticket office. There are two options: yearly and monthly, but for monthly purchase you should live in Switzerland at least 6 months.

So I am going to purchase a yearly card.
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Re: Swiss Pass

Got my GA card and enjoyed my first travels by train. Fast & comfortable
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