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What is the secret behind booking in advance cheaper SBB ticket?

So, I recently learned that using the SBB app you can buy tickets to travel within the country, but if you push the dates further by more than 2 days, the tickets become cheaper.

So if I am trying to travel to Bern, I see the ticket it 17chf today, but for August 1st it falls to 5.20chf. But the prices are not predictable for me, and they can change, sometime it even increases with more dates.

Does anyone know a trick or two to find the cheapest tickets somehow?
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Old 25.07.2019, 15:01
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Re: What is the secret behind booking in advance cheaper SBB ticket?

I am afraid I don't know a secret but recently I have also tried to buy a return ticket to Bern from Zurich and my impression is that the less popular trains (between 9 am and 2 pm) are cheaper than the so called rush hours or that trains with connection (either in Argau or Olten) are cheaper than direct trains. So either money or time.
But even buying a ticket a day in advance for certain trains, the prices started from 7.80 CHF instead of 25.50 CHF (with half fare of course).

But I will be happy to read more answers to the topic from more experienced people.
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Old 25.07.2019, 15:35
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Re: What is the secret behind booking in advance cheaper SBB ticket?

The CFF is using dynamic pricing, just like the airlines. Those trains that they expect to be not full will get lower prices, those they expect to be full don't.

It isn't rocket science.

If you need a connection, for example from Nyon to Zurich, have a look at alternative connections around your times. The most direct connections will be more expensive than those that require you to spend 15 minutes on a platform somewhere.
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Re: What is the secret behind booking in advance cheaper SBB ticket?

Just scroll through the available trips for the chosen itinerary and check price on all the ones with "%" symbol on it. Of course while the basic predicted occupancy probably remains the same, the discounts could change over time based on other factors (events, reservations, etc.), and decrease or disappear closer to the date.
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Re: What is the secret behind booking in advance cheaper SBB ticket?

My Brother was going Nyon to Basle. He found the appropriate connection for his timing with one connection at Bern. SuperSaver available

By advancing his departure by 30 minutes and with same arrival time in Basle he could get a two connection journey with a 10 minute stop in Morges and a 12 minute stop in Bienne/Biel (both same platform connections) for about 60% of the first supersaver price.

He arrived in Basle on the same train as the Bern connection
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Re: What is the secret behind booking in advance cheaper SBB ticket?

I think the key is to frequently checking the SBB app or on the SBB website.

It is really super cheap sometimes. Of course it is better to buy the tickets early enough if one can fix the schedule already such that the chance it quite high to get super saver train tickets
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Re: What is the secret behind booking in advance cheaper SBB ticket?

essentially just go outside peak times for the supersaver tickets - after 9:15am in the morning, after 7:30 or 8pm in the evening... and book as far ahead as you can...
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Re: What is the secret behind booking in advance cheaper SBB ticket?

After the Corona lockdown SBB is no longer offering discounted train tickets to Constance
Now its 32 CHF return instead of previous discount fare of 10CHF return
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Old 08.06.2020, 10:25
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After the Corona lockdown SBB is no longer offering discounted train tickets to Constance
Now its 32 CHF return instead of previous discount fare of 10CHF return
Law of supply and demand. They have reduced train frequency significantly so have higher demand for the seats that are operated.

Government policy is to discourage travel. This is an effective means of doing so.

As pressure rises to encourage staycations and domestic holidays the supersavers will return. And there may be some other special deals.

But! Wash your hands and wear a mask. We in the at risk group thank you.

And, did I mention wash your hands and wear a mask? Thank you.
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Re: What is the secret behind booking in advance cheaper SBB ticket?

I need a ticket Nyon to Genève tomorrow morning for a specific departure time. CFF app gives me a normal rate of 4.60 (with demi-tariff), supersavers not available.

So I switch to first class and see there is a ss for 4.00.

Not that there is a big difference for F on the regional trains but still cheaper than 2nd class. It is likely to be less crowded, perhaps.

So, always check to see if 1st ss exist, even though they don't for 2nd.

And don’t forget masks are obligatory on public transport from tomorrow.
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Old 05.07.2020, 15:37
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Re: What is the secret behind booking in advance cheaper SBB ticket?

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I need a ticket Nyon to Genève tomorrow morning for a specific departure time. CFF app gives me a normal rate of 4.60 (with demi-tariff), supersavers not available.

So I switch to first class and see there is a ss for 4.00.

Not that there is a big difference for F on the regional trains but still cheaper than 2nd class. It is likely to be less crowded, perhaps.

So, always check to see if 1st ss exist, even though they don't for 2nd.

And don’t forget masks are obligatory on public transport from tomorrow.
I saw this tip on another thread a while ago, but I don't remember which one. Since then, I've always checked 1st class too just in case.
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Re: What is the secret behind booking in advance cheaper SBB ticket?

How do you check first class on the app when your personal settings are already set?
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Re: What is the secret behind booking in advance cheaper SBB ticket?

Search separately, as not-you.
Or unset your preferences.
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Old 05.07.2020, 19:20
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Re: What is the secret behind booking in advance cheaper SBB ticket?

I search for the train connection, click on the one I want then click on Tickets from ....,
At the top of the next page I can choose one way/return and 2nd cl./1st cl.
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