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Can You Pay The GA Card Monthly?

Don't want to pay for the whole year right away...a bit steep! When I looked online it stated there was a monthly price in the cost summary, so I am assuming so. When I tried to purchase it online it only gave me the yearly option.

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Old 27.02.2011, 12:32
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Re: Can You Pay The GA Card Monthly?

monthly papyments

Yes you can pay it monthly. You can also buy a month GA if you have a halb tax card, which is great if you are planning a holiday or a trip.

When paying in monthly instalments it does work out a little more expensive and a minimum purchase is 4 months. But I bought mine at the station so cannot help with website purchase.
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Old 27.02.2011, 12:43
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Re: Can You Pay The GA Card Monthly?

Great, going to be commuting for work to Zurich so this works great! I'll just go to the station this week.
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Old 27.02.2011, 12:54
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Re: Can You Pay The GA Card Monthly?

And another page that might be relevant - halbtax card add ons including the stand-alone month GA.

http://mct.sbb.ch/mct/en/print/reise...satzkarten.htm
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Re: Can You Pay The GA Card Monthly?

economisto mentioned the one-month version of the GA, which costs just 370 CHF. I looked at the SBB website to see whether this is also available to people who are not Swiss residents, and the only thing it says is "You can buy a 1-month travelpass to supplement your Half-Fare travelcard. This turns your Half-Fare travelcard into a GA travelcard for an entire month." So, no special requirements stated.

Maybe you can't upgrade the one-month version of the half-fare card (which only costs 99 CHF) to the one-month GA, and they will require you to have a one-year half-fare card, which costs 150 CHF, but that is available to non-residents without any trouble. That would then make the total cost 520 CHF for a one-month pass for a tourist. The standard one-month tourist pass is the Swiss Pass, which costs 590 CHF (info here). The only extra thing that appears to include is free entrance to many museums and a few other discounts.

Anyway, if this one-month GA is available to non-residents, then I'll add this info to the "Travel Passes for Visitors" thread. But if it isn't then I won't bother. Anyone have any info?
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Re: Can You Pay The GA Card Monthly?

I thinks u can, my friend doing this all the time, probably check with the Bahnhof counter
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Old 26.04.2011, 11:27
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Re: Can You Pay The GA Card Monthly?

I hate the sbb website. it's so difficult to navigate. So you're saying that the GA for one month only is only available to people who have a half fare card, and that anyone else needs to purchase it for a minimum of 4 months, right?
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I hate the sbb website. it's so difficult to navigate. So you're saying that the GA for one month only is only available to people who have a half fare card, and that anyone else needs to purchase it for a minimum of 4 months, right?
Sounds about right to me
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Old 26.04.2011, 11:59
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yes, this is correct - I just traded my monthly to a yearly GA at the start of the year - very easy to do.

let me know if you need more info - happy to advise.
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Re: Can You Pay The GA Card Monthly?

if i get a yearly GA, can I return it and get a refund? (how would that be calculated?)
i see on their site a slight mention of "early termination", but no more details...

"Replacement of your GA travelcard.
If your travelcard is lost or damaged, simply present valid proof of your identity at the nearest ticket office and we will replace it for a fee of CHF 30. You cannot deposit the replacement GA travelcard, and we are unable to make a refund for early termination.
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Re: Can You Pay The GA Card Monthly?

In 2010 when I looked into this you can cancel your one year GA and get a refund based on the number of months remaining. However, the shorter period you hold the GA, the more each month costs (ie - fake numbers - if you have it for 3 months it costs 370x3, but for 5 months it costs 290x5). I think at about month 7 is the point where the GA costs as much for 7 months each month as for the year.
There was a minimum time that you had to hold the GA - it might have been 3 months, maybe 4.
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Re: Can You Pay The GA Card Monthly?

Hi guys,

Thought I'd try to get an answer on this older thread. I'm wanting to buy a monthly GA. I'm on an L permit unfortunately that won't expire until March 2013, so I have way more than 4 months left on it. But when I download the application on the website it says that you can only get the monthly subscription GA pass with a B or a C permit, no matter how much time is left on an L. Has anyone had any recent success getting a monthly GA with an L permit? Shall I just go to the station and try my luck?

Thanks for your help!
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