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Buying train tickets

Hello Folks,
I am traveling to Zurich next week and have a question about the train system. The info I read is quite confusing.
On Friday I will arrive at the Zurich airport, and from there will go to my hotel in downtown. From the hotel, on the same day, I need to take the train S3 to Effretikon, and then a bus from the station to reach my destination. Later on I will return to my hotel in downtown. What type of ticket should I buy at the airport? We are two adults traveling together. Any type of day pass that allows me to cross the zones? My German is not great and I would like some guidance before I arrive.
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Re: Buying train tickets

How long will you be in Zurich?

If only a day - you'll need a zone pass for 110, 121 and 122 - zvv.ch for a zonemap. Zone 110 counts as 2 zones - so an adult ticket will cost 17.20chf

If you are staying longer the ZVV do a 3 days
http://www.zvv.ch/zvv/en/travelcards...erichcard.html
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Re: Buying train tickets

Two options:


- Go to the machine and get a Ticket from Zurich (NOT Zurich Airport) to Effretikon, select 24h.
This gets you a ticket which is valid for an unlimited number of rides in Zones 110, 121, and 122 for the next 24h.


- Go to the counter at the airport train station and state your request as you did here. You should get the same ticket. But you do not have do find out how the machine works.
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Re: Buying train tickets

if you're travelling from the Airport into the City, you should be able to get a City-Ticket. That will cover your fare from the Airport and the ticket for all the zones within the City on the same day.
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Try the English site - e.g. http://www.zvv.ch/zvv/en/travelcards...ets/zones.html

The zoning system is simple: Count the number of zones you touch, buy the ticket with the right number of zones.

For round-trips, the simplest way is to simply purchase a day ticket (which is exactly the cost of two individual tickets).
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If you are staying longer the ZVV do a 3 days
http://www.zvv.ch/zvv/en/travelcards...erichcard.html




The above 3 day pass is missing Zone 122. Means a 1-2 Zone upgrade/extension ticket is needed for the trip to Effretikon and back.
http://www.zvv.ch/zvv/en/travelcards...e-upgrade.html
Cost for the upgrade is CHF 8.60 for 24 hours.
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if you're travelling from the Airport into the City, you should be able to get a City-Ticket. That will cover your fare from the Airport and the ticket for all the zones within the City on the same day.


That would be a total useless ticket as it would not cover the trip to Effretikon.

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The zoning system is simple: Count the number of zones you touch, buy the ticket with the right number of zones.

For round-trips, the simplest way is to simply purchase a day ticket (which is exactly the cost of two individual tickets).
One cannot simply enter the Zone numbers (unfortunately and stupidly, or can you now?). You have to enter a start and a destination. The correct start and destination are Zurich (but not Zurich Airport) and Effretikon respectively.
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How long will you be in Zurich?

If only a day - you'll need a zone pass for 110, 121 and 122 - zvv.ch for a zonemap. Zone 110 counts as 2 zones - so an adult ticket will cost 17.20chf

If you are staying longer the ZVV do a 3 days
http://www.zvv.ch/zvv/en/travelcards...erichcard.html
Many thanks. I will stay in Zurich for 3 days. Probably it is better to get the 3 days pass so I can use it to return on Sunday to the airport, right?
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Many thanks. I will stay in Zurich for 3 days. Probably it is better to get the 3 days pass so I can use it to return on Sunday to the airport, right?
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It is valid 72 hours. Even if you arrive very early Friday and leave very late Sunday it is still valid.


It is valid for any regular Bus, Train, Tram, Boat, Funicular, and Cable Car in the following area.
http://www.zvv.ch/zvv-assets/abos-un...hcard_2014.pdf


However, it is only valid on the night time network (after 1am) if you get the night supplement for CHF 5. Night time trains and busses where this rule applies have a N in thier name.
http://www.zvv.ch/zvv/en/travelcards...e-network.html




For your trip to Effretikon and back you will need the additional 24 hour, 1-2 zones upgrade/extension. Get it at the airport trainstation counter (simply ask for a 1 to 2 zone upgrade) or from any ticket machine.
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Re: Buying train tickets

Thank you very much everyone who replied. I will follow your suggestions and buy the 72hs zurichcard.
Once again thank you for thr information :-).
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