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Buying train tickets at station or not?

Hi everyone,

I'll be arriving in Geneva on 13th April and I then have to get the train to Fribourg.
I assume you can of course buy the train ticket in the station in Geneva, but would this be much more expensive than pre-buying it online?
The reason I'm wary about buying it online is because of incase of delays etc.

So, if I buy the ticket at the Geneva station will it be more expensive than online? And if so by how much?

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Hi everyone,

I'll be arriving in Geneva on 13th April and I then have to get the train to Fribourg.
I assume you can of course buy the train ticket in the station in Geneva, but would this be much more expensive than pre-buying it online?
The reason I'm wary about buying it online is because of incase of delays etc.

So, if I buy the ticket at the Geneva station will it be more expensive than online? And if so by how much?

Thanks!

Steo
Makes no difference to the cost. Buy online now and pay the same as in the railway station on the day, unlike in the UK/Ireland. Unless you reserve a seat on a particular service then you aren't confined to any particular train.
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Re: Buying train tickets at station or not?

No, it will be the same price. You can either get it from the counter, or use one of the many machines in the station, they're bang in front of you as you walk in the door from the airport and can be used in English.
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Makes no difference to the cost. Buy online now and pay the same as in the railway station on the day, unlike in the UK/Ireland. Unless you reserve a seat on a particular service then you aren't confined to any particular train.
I think I might just buy it at Station so. Thanks Sandgrounder.
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No, it will be the same price. You can either get it from the counter, or use one of the many machines in the station, they're bang in front of you as you walk in the door from the airport and can be used in English.
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I think I might just buy it at Station so. Thanks Sandgrounder.
Machines take credit card or EC (Maestro?) or you can pay cash but I think they'll only take CHF 20 notes or coins.

To be on the safe side I would go to a manned desk and do it the old fashioned way.
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Re: Buying train tickets at station or not?

..and there are 2 direct fast trains per hour from Geneva airport to Fribourg.
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Re: Buying train tickets at station or not?

You can also buy the ticket on the train (assuming it isn't a local train, these are uncontrolled and you have to have a valid ticket before you get on). So if your connection is tight, you can jump on.

You can pay cash or visa (not EC).

For the intercity trains, you have to grab the guard the first time you see them. Usually (not always) they come by twice. The first time they walk through. The next they ask for tickets.

It will however cost you more than buying at the station (there's a surcharge for this).
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If you buy the ticket online there is no possibility for any refund. Any return journey must be on the same day!

If you buy at the station you can get a refund whilst the ticket is still valid minus a Sfr 5 service charge. If you buy a return ticket, the return is only valid the same day. Unless the single journey is more than 115 Km, then the return ticket is valid for 10 days, http://mct.sbb.ch/mct/en/artinfo/125.html
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I think I might just buy it at Station so. Thanks Sandgrounder.
just leave yourself plenty of time to queue for the cashier or learning to use the machines.
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If you buy the ticket online there is no possibility for any refund. Any return journey must be on the same day!
Unless you buy two singles, like what I did...

Didn't cost any more than the day return - I love this country...
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