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Old 14.03.2012, 22:27
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GA on TGV's

I believe that within Switzerland, the use of a GA applies even to foreign trains operating in the country such as the GA. Now, this may be based on a technicality, but are these trips only from city to city, or does it mean covered to the border?

I would like to go to Pontarlier tomorrow, and there is a TGV leaving Bern earlier in the morning. I tried using the SBB website to see what the price would be and I got 14 francs with or without a GA for the Swiss portion. The SBB does go there by bus later in the day.

So TGV trips in Switzerland only apply for city to city travel right?
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Old 14.03.2012, 22:37
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Re: GA on TGV's

May be wrong here, but I think you would need to buy a ticket from the last stop before the border (Neuchâtel) to Pontarlier. The price of that ticket will take into account the GA deduction on the Swiss side.

It definitely works that way with a half price card - Neuchâtel to Paris with Halbtax is a few francs cheaper than without, and there are no intermediate stops on the Swiss side.
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Re: GA on TGV's

I am not sure if you can take the TGV to Pontarlier from Bern. It does stop in Neuchatel, then in Pontarlier, that is for sure, but it is a service to Dijon and Paris- and I am sure cannot be booked on the day and not covered by GA (almost certain, but cannot be 100%). Did a sbb.ch search, and it only gives info about the service to Neuchatel,, change then Neuchatel to Fleurier, change to bus (it waits right next to the station, on the left as you get out of train). Departure 8.53 arrives 11.46- your GA will cover you to Pontarlier (which is just beyond the border).
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Old 14.03.2012, 22:47
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Re: GA on TGV's

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I am not sure if you can take the TGV to Pontarlier from Bern.
Yes, you can. Depart Bern 07:29, arrive Pontarlier 08:52, it's on the SBB site and I have done it in the past (getting on in NE). It seems to be an hour earlier than it used to be though - which is actually a good thing, it used to arrive in Paris at 13:00 which was a bit late.
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Re: GA on TGV's

Okay so the Swiss side of travel counts from Swiss city to last Swiss city before entering the other country.

I did the search just prior to posting and it departs Bern at 7 something and gets in Neuchâtel around 8:10ish. However the ticket price from Neuchâtel to Pontarlier is the same 14 francs as the ticket from Bern. TGV's have minimum ticket prices maybe?

Yeah that second bus route will probably be the one I'd hit up.
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Re: GA on TGV's

Thanks Stephen, an hour earlier is good for us too. Didn't realise that. I did sbb.ch search for Bern-Pontarlier, and it only gave the Bern-neuchatel-Fleurier then bus. So not sure how to get to the TGV info.

We always take TGV from Pontarlier and get details and tickets from Pontarlier station in person well in advance.
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Old 14.03.2012, 23:37
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Re: GA on TGV's

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Thanks Stephen, an hour earlier is good for us too. Didn't realise that. I did sbb.ch search for Bern-Pontarlier, and it only gave the Bern-neuchatel-Fleurier then bus. So not sure how to get to the TGV info.

We always take TGV from Pontarlier and get details and tickets from Pontarlier station in person well in advance.
You have to put your departure time to be 7am. I didn't find it at first either until I put the really earlier departure time.
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Thanks. Yes I put departure time at 08.00!

In case you go shopping. Make sure you have your passport, residency permit, etc, with you as the Customs Police do travel on the train from Neuchatel to Pontarlier and back again. And make sure you know your Customs limits, eg. 300CHF maximum, and for meat 500Gr of fresh meat, and 3.5kg of chicken/poultry or prepared meats (like sausages, ham, salami). There is no Customs check on the bus from Fleurier to Pontarlier and back, but they do go via the Border Post and are often checked.

There is a Spar supermarket right in town- it looks small but is in fact very deep and has a lot of stuff, including an American product shelf surprisingly. Otherwise the large supermarkets are in the slightly out of town shopping areas, and a fair walk from the station. Market in on Thursday and Saturday. Are you looking for anything in particular - if I can help?
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Re: GA on TGV's

Well, I waved to the early train as it went past, and waved to the bus as it got into Pontarlier. Which one were on on?

If you did take the TGV, I'd love to know how you did it and the cost, thanks.
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Re: GA on TGV's

Embarrassingly I'm here, at home, at my desk eating some toast .
(Over slept this morning!)

However I'm going to go to the sbb office today here in Bern and ask someone about it and I'll post back what they say.
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Shame on you - such a beautiful day. Anyway, if you need any info on Pontarlier, do ask, I go there 2 or 3 times a week, and always on a Thursday for the market.
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Shame on you - such a beautiful day. Anyway, if you need any info on Pontarlier, do ask, I go there 2 or 3 times a week, and always on a Thursday for the market.
Oh I know! I did some spring cleaning instead and all the windows are open in the flat and a pleasant wind is flowing down the corridor. I'm toying with a quick jaunt to Lausanne in half an hour as I've never been there either.
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Re: GA on TGV's

Okay, I spoke with someone at the SBB. They tried to use the GA parameters with the TGV to Pontarlier but came out to the same price as myself (14 francs). He thought for a moment and then after trying some things said that it was because it was fixed price to the destination and not the origin. So regardless of if I left from Bern or Neuchâtel the price was fixed at 14 francs if you wanted to go to Pontarlier.
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Re: GA on TGV's

Thanks - but if I am right you have to buy the ticket in advance and have a booked seat.
The train to Neuch, change to Fleurier and bus up would be longer but free- and a nice journey if you have the time.
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Re: GA on TGV's

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Thanks - but if I am right you have to buy the ticket in advance and have a booked seat.
The train to Neuch, change to Fleurier and bus up would be longer but free- and a nice journey if you have the time.
Oops! Jo, I forgot to mention that! You must book ahead to get the ticket.
Most likely that would be the journey I'd take with the bus.
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Just been to the station in Fleurier- so thought I'd ask, just to make sure. They confirmed that the bus journey to Pontarlier is free for GA holders- even the 10 mins on the French side.
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Re: GA on TGV's

The GA card is valid on the path from Switzerland to Pontalier. You can check in the download item on the right of this webpage.

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