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Who amongst you knew that bikes need a train ticket?

Has anyone else been caught out by the trains requiring an additional ticket for a bike? I had no idea and got stung for a 100fr. ticket.

I'm from the UK where bikes are allowed on trains without any additional cost. I've taken my bike on the trains here a number of times, though today was the first I've been asked for my ticket.

I showed my annual train card, then the inspector pointed at my bike and asked "And for that?"

To say the least, I was surprised.

And while I'm clearly not saying he was wrong, how was I expected to know? Where are the signs telling me that bikes require a ticket? I had specifically chosen the carriage with the bike space and on the window was the yellow sign warning that a person without a ticket will be fined.

So why not also warn that a bike needs a ticket?

I asked a friend if he knew about this and he said "Yeah, a colleague told me". So unless someone tells you, how would you know?

What makes the fine that bit more irksome is that at the other end of the same carriage were two large buggies (strollers) which were causing passengers to squeeze past sideways. Do they require an extra ticket? Furthermore, there was a group of people with luggage, and who had thought nothing of placing their luggage in front of seats.

My bike was blocking no-one and took up minimal space.

I guess I'm just venting frustration but it feels like some sort of signage or indication of the ticket requirement would be fair.
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Old 15.03.2015, 18:01
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Re: Who amongst you knew that bikes need a train ticket?

Yeah I knew. Don't know how I know though.

… Dogs also need a ticket btw.
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Re: Who amongst you knew that bikes need a train ticket?

As the saying goes; you've be Sw.........d!
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Old 15.03.2015, 18:04
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Re: Who amongst you knew that bikes need a train ticket?

I know as well. I read it on the info sticker they have on every ticket machine
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Old 15.03.2015, 18:06
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Re: Who amongst you knew that bikes need a train ticket?

Yep known this for a long time without having been fined.

Best way to avoid it is to actually ride the bike and dont be so lazy taking it on trains
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Old 15.03.2015, 18:10
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Re: Who amongst you knew that bikes need a train ticket?

Ah yes. But not if you buy a bag to put it in. Then it is considered as normal luggage.
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Old 15.03.2015, 18:18
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Re: Who amongst you knew that bikes need a train ticket?

I thought everyone knew ..... have you got a dog, too?
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Old 15.03.2015, 18:21
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Re: Who amongst you knew that bikes need a train ticket?

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What makes the fine that bit more irksome is that at the other end of the same carriage were two large buggies (strollers) which were causing passengers to squeeze past sideways. Do they require an extra ticket? Furthermore, there was a group of people with luggage, and who had thought nothing of placing their luggage in front of seats.
I had the same experience with a friend that is very thin and takes no space in the train. For that reason he only buys half fare tickets. One day he got checked and fined because he did not have the halb tax subscription.
Can you believe that? This is unfair. How can he know?
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Old 15.03.2015, 18:33
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Re: Who amongst you knew that bikes need a train ticket?

I knew about it and I don't even have a bike.


actually I do have a bike but I never take it on the train, I just ride to the station and park it there before catching the train and collect it when I get back.

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Old 15.03.2015, 18:37
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Re: Who amongst you knew that bikes need a train ticket?

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I've taken my bike on the trains here a number of times, though today was the first I've been asked for my ticket.
So, try to see the positive side. You can offset the fine against your previous free rides. Depending how often "a number" is, you might be ahead on the deal.
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Old 15.03.2015, 18:38
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Re: Who amongst you knew that bikes need a train ticket?

Ive always known that and I dont even take a bike on the train. Its one of those things you just know when you live here. Cant really expect the state to put up signs for everything that may be different in another country, can you? You're not in Kansas any more...
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Old 15.03.2015, 18:40
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Re: Who amongst you knew that bikes need a train ticket?

Dogs!

How bout donkeys...........or kangaroos?
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Old 15.03.2015, 18:42
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Re: Who amongst you knew that bikes need a train ticket?

I know, and therefore only ride mine...

...the UK might reduce cyclist/passenger rage on some trains by introducing a modest fee for those that really need their cycles at the other end.

If one thinks it is unfair to have to pay for the bicycle, at least one can purchase a o/w ticket that costs half the r/t unlike UK where a return is same price as single..no financial incentive to cycle one direction
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Old 15.03.2015, 18:44
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Re: Who amongst you knew that bikes need a train ticket?

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I know as well. I read it on the info sticker they have on every ticket machine
They have info stickers on ticket machines? I'm too busy trying to navigate the menus so I don't buy the wrong ticket. Where's the sticker?

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Yep known this for a long time without having been fined.

Best way to avoid it is to actually ride the bike and dont be so lazy taking it on trains
Some people ride the bike to get to the train, that then takes them another hour to work.

I knew about it because I read EF. What's that? You haven't read every thread on EF yet? Check out the complaints corner. You can learn a lot there.
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Old 15.03.2015, 18:45
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Re: Who amongst you knew that bikes need a train ticket?

Ok, so it seems everyone but me knew about this, though only @gata suggests how they knew. And I haven't seen "the info sticker they have on every ticket machine" because I bought my annual card by going into a ticket office.

>> Dogs also need a ticket btw.

Dogs as well! Jeez, this country - payment required for absolutely everything... except filling the aisles and seats with luggage, apparently.
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Old 15.03.2015, 18:49
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Re: Who amongst you knew that bikes need a train ticket?

Its a huge sticker with all rules and info. At least on Geneva ticket machines. No idea about other cities. Then again, i read everything in front of me so...
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Old 15.03.2015, 18:56
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Dogs as well!
Not all dogs. If it'll go into a bag then, like the bike, it's free.

Apparently the size of the bag, and the relative size of the dog, matters.



You just made me think of a wee dog and her owner, and made me smile.
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Old 15.03.2015, 18:58
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Has anyone else been caught out by the trains requiring an additional ticket for a bike? I had no idea and got stung for a 100fr. ticket.
I have lived in four countries in my life and in all of them did bikes need a train ticket (unless they are the fold able kind and smaller than a suitcase).
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Old 15.03.2015, 19:07
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Re: Who amongst you knew that bikes need a train ticket?

I've known since I got here 12 years ago. And I've never had cause to take a bike on a train. Maybe I read it in "Living and Working in Switzerland" or like others, I get so bored waiting 2 minutes for a train that I read about the various tickets.
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Re: Who amongst you knew that bikes need a train ticket?

http://www.sbb.ch/en/station-service...e-by-bike.html

Strangely, in the canton of Zurich, a day-ticket for a bicycle within the ZVV (cantonal tarif network) can be more expensive than that for the SBB (national train network).
The latter costs Fr. 12 for the bike, if the passenger has a Half-Price-Ticket or a GA (year card). Fortunately, the ZVV slot machine even tells me so!
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