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How to pay SBB tickets online.

I don't have a credit card to not pay annual fees. Even though, I would like to know if it is possible to buy SBB tickets online without credit card? I know that there is Twint, and post finance card, but I don't know how it works, and if we need to pay annual fee.

I have read some posts that it is better to have the real ticket, than an online ticket,to avoid problems with the ticket revisor. Is this true?
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I don't have a credit card to not pay annual fees. Even though, I would like to know if it is possible to buy SBB tickets online without credit card? I know that there is Twint, and post finance card, but I don't know how it works, and if we need to pay annual fee.
I have n idea... why don't you spend 15 mins and find out how they work... crazy right?

Postcard: https://www.postfinance.ch/en/privat...-card-chf.html

Twint https://www.postfinance.ch/en/privat...ing/twint.html
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I don't have a credit card to not pay annual fees. Even though, I would like to know if it is possible to buy SBB tickets online without credit card? I know that there is Twint, and post finance card, but I don't know how it works, and if we need to pay annual fee.

I have read some posts that it is better to have the real ticket, than an online ticket,to avoid problems with the ticket revisor. Is this true?
they send you a bill by post and you pay it at the post office. What annual fee are you talking about. Halbtax? Online ticket is no problem but make sure you always carry your handy/abo card with you
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Re: How to pay SBB tickets online.

Thanks for the links. I have read them, but I have so many questions that I don't know where to start.
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they send you a bill by post and you pay it at the post office. What annual fee are you talking about. Halbtax? Online ticket is no problem but make sure you always carry your handy/abo card with you
I have a Swiss pass where I used to be a GA. Now, I have the Halbtax. Do you know if this information is in the Swisspass, or do I have to bring the paper slip to prove it?
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Thanks for the links. I have read them, but I have so many questions that I don't know where to start.
Why don't you start with the two points that you clearly listed in your OP:

  1. How they work
  2. Is there an annual fee
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Re: How to pay SBB tickets online.

Why don't you go to the train station and ask?
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Re: How to pay SBB tickets online.

About a year ago I installed the SBB mobile app on my phone and linked it to a credit card for payment. Just checked the app, these are the available payment methods. If you don't want to deal with credit cards, the monthly invoice is the way to go.



Since a year ago I just pay my tickets with the app before I board the train. I only show the QR code to the ticket controller. Sometimes they ask for the physical halbtax card, but not very frequently.

Don't worry about not having a physical ticket . Worst thing can happen if the phone battery dies and the controller is unfriendly is a 100CHF fine. You get home, retrieve the info of the ticket bought before the fine, then go to the train station and get the fine cleared. I had to do this one time the machine of the controller did not read my GA card.
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I have a Swiss pass where I used to be a GA. Now, I have the Halbtax. Do you know if this information is in the Swisspass, or do I have to bring the paper slip to prove it?
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This post is about the Swisspass.

The Swisspass stores all your information in the card. The conductors on the trains carry a hand-held device that can read all that information. When you buy a Halbtax, for example, the validity of the Halbtax is loaded onto your card. Therefore, the SBB can always know when your Halbtax expires.

Whenever you travel you are responsible for knowing whether you have a valid Halbtax, and ticket, etc. In other words, you must pay attention to the expiry date yourself.

In the previous system in Switzerland, the expiry date was printed on the Halbtax or GA card, so anyone could read it and no device was necessary.

Back then, as the change was made some years ago, a number of people were annoyed by the fact that the had to remember when the Halbtax expired. At that time, some said that therefore they would have to carry the date with them on paper. But people got used to it, and moved on. Some wrote the date in their diary, others programmed the date into their mobile phones, others wrote the date onto the card.

It may be because of that change that you have heard that it's better to have your details on paper.

Be aware that the SBB introduced rolling subscriptions, so that your Halbtax or GA will be automatically renewed, (and you be liable for payment) if you do nothing. Should you wish to end your Halbtax or GA, you have to formally give notice and cancel it.
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About a year ago I installed the SBB mobile app on my phone and linked it to a credit card for payment. Just checked the app, these are the available payment methods. If you don't want to deal with credit cards, the monthly invoice is the way to go.



Since a year ago I just pay my tickets with the app before I board the train. I only show the QR code to the ticket controller. Sometimes they ask for the physical halbtax card, but not very frequently.

Don't worry about not having a physical ticket . Worst thing can happen if the phone battery dies and the controller is unfriendly is a 100CHF fine. You get home, retrieve the info of the ticket bought before the fine, then go to the train station and get the fine cleared. I had to do this one time the machine of the controller did not read my GA card.

Thank you for your reply. I know what are the payment options, but what I don't know what to do beside choosing a credit card option (e.g., MasterCard), which I don't have it.

Yes, I need to search on the internet. I know that Postfinance card is free, but I don't know if I need to open a bank account in the post. I also don't know what it is Twint, Reka, or MyOne, and even if they have fees (and yes I need to search on the internet).

That Monthly invoice might be what I need.

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Thank you for your reply. I know what are the payment options, but what I don't know what to do beside choosing a credit card option (e.g., MasterCard), which I don't have it.

Yes, I need to search on the internet. I know that Postfinance card is free, but I don't know if I need to open a bank account in the post. I also don't know what it is Twint, Reka, or MyOne, and even if they have fees (and yes I need to search on the internet).

That Monthly invoice might be what I need.
Twint is tied to your bank account or credit card. You download the App and then enter details. It is Switzerland only. MyOne is Manor's credit card. Can't help with the others.
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Re: How to pay SBB tickets online.

It is possible to have a credit card without annual fee, that from Migros (Cumulus) for example and I think the TCS card is free if you are a TCS member.
Twint is easy to use, but you do need a smartphone to use it. If your bank doesn't offer its own Twint account, you can load a neutral version of Twint which is effectively a prepay version of the system, as you have to load it with money before spending.
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Re: How to pay SBB tickets online.

There are two options as mentioned, one is tying Twint to the SBB App (which actually got a lot of people using it before Twint published the fact) or invoice via the leeches Byjuno (because they will add on fees if you are late paying).

The Swisspass can be loaded into the SBB App so you almost never have to show it.

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There are two options as mentioned, one is tying Twint to the SBB App (which actually got a lot of people using it before Twint published the fact) or invoice via the leeches Byjuno (because they will add on fees if you are late paying).

The Swisspass can be loaded into the SBB App so you almost never have to show it.

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I don't have a credit card to not pay annual fees. Even though, I would like to know if it is possible to buy SBB tickets online without credit card? I know that there is Twint, and post finance card, but I don't know how it works, and if we need to pay annual fee.

I have read some posts that it is better to have the real ticket, than an online ticket,to avoid problems with the ticket revisor. Is this true?
Get a Migros credit card. No annual fee.
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I have a Swiss pass where I used to be a GA. Now, I have the Halbtax. Do you know if this information is in the Swisspass, or do I have to bring the paper slip to prove it?
yes its in the Swisspass. Also if you have a Monthly abo its also there. But if you buy a day card for example it wont show on your Swisspass . So you have to show the ticket -either paper form or on handy. Always carry the Swisspass with you -also when you have the SBB app on your phone.

register here to see all your details

https://www.swisspass.ch/embeddable/register/1?lang=en

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Re: How to pay SBB tickets online.

You can enter the swisspass into the app. I always have it in my wallet but I never get asked for it.
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