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Fairtiq - phone app for public transport tickets

I saw this earlier on FB and downloaded the app. It works all over Switzerland and covers most ticket types (night tickets and ferries aren't covered yet). The idea is you "check in" when you board a train, bus or tram and "check out" when you get off. It knows where you have been and charges you accordingly. What I like is if you use multiple trams or buses in one day, once it becomes cheaper to do so, you will be charged for a 24 hour pass.

The FAQ page says it doesn't cover monthly tickets yet, which leads me to believe they are working on it.

It took me just 3 minutes to set up including linking to my Postfinance account and to let it know I have a half tax card, I'll use it tonight for the first time and report back.

Let me know if you've used it and if there are any pitfalls I haven't thought of.

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Old 07.03.2018, 16:02
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Re: Fairtiq - phone app for public transport tickets

Didn't I see a post yesterday about ticket inspectors not accepting you buying a ticket once you boarded a train/bus? They expect you to have it before the train/bus moves off? Would that be a problem with that app?
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Didn't I see a post yesterday about ticket inspectors not accepting you buying a ticket once you boarded a train/bus? They expect you to have it before the train/bus moves off? Would that be a problem with that app?
That's with the SBB app which I have never used as I found it too complicated. I guess this could be open to abuse if you tried to check in if you see inspectors at the next stop. I'll let you try that though.
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Re: Fairtiq - phone app for public transport tickets

the sbb app used to be pretty simple and straight forward, tried to use it over christmas and it was WTF???? how complicated can you make something that should be so simple????? no I don't want to register every person I'm with!!! app deleted, tickets bought at machine.
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Re: Fairtiq - phone app for public transport tickets

This is pretty cool!

I was wondering about how this would work with ticket inspection and the FAQ says this.

I wonder how they know where I'm going to know what ticket I have?
Maybe its just an "open" ticket.
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That's with the SBB app which I have never used as I found it too complicated. I guess this could be open to abuse if you tried to check in if you see inspectors at the next stop. I'll let you try that though.
Can't. Don't own a phone.
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the sbb app used to be pretty simple and straight forward, tried to use it over christmas and it was WTF???? how complicated can you make something that should be so simple????? no I don't want to register every person I'm with!!! app deleted, tickets bought at machine.
You had to do that in the old app too.
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Old 07.03.2018, 16:41
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Re: Fairtiq - phone app for public transport tickets

Fairtiq has been used by Fribourg Public Transport for a while now with quite some success. It's only recently they started rolling it out to cover the entire country. I have a Swiss Pass, so don't need it.
Don't forget to log off when you exit the vehicle though .
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You had to do that in the old app too.
that was just the final straw, after screwing around with the stupid app for what seemed like years while the train was about to arrive
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Re: Fairtiq - phone app for public transport tickets

I take it, it works with GPS.

No internet involved? As many people mentioned there is no internet-connection on some train-stations, wouldn't that end in a mess?
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I take it, it works with GPS.

No internet involved? As many people mentioned there is no internet-connection on some train-stations, wouldn't that end in a mess?
In the FAQ they state that some underground stations have limited data access, so to check in before you descend to the platform. Full FAQ here.
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Fairtiq has been used by Fribourg Public Transport for a while now with quite some success. It's only recently they started rolling it out to cover the entire country. I have a Swiss Pass, so don't need it.
Don't forget to log off when you exit the vehicle though .

They've updated the app and sends you a warning if it thinks you've ended a journey and haven't checked out. I guess if you walk up a street or enter a building where there is no public transport it know's you can't still be on a bus!
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Re: Fairtiq - phone app for public transport tickets

Hi guys, thanks for giving the app a try! We are really happy to launch the app across Switzerland. Tell me if you have any questions/doubts regarding the app.

I see the biggest concern is the ticket inspection, so I can clarify:
* You need to check in before boarding the vehicle (could be 1 second before), the same as with other ticket apps.
* You receive a special ticket that is valid across Switzerland, but in the end you will pay only what you travelled.
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Re: Fairtiq - phone app for public transport tickets

Love the English/German pun: fair-tig, but shouldn’t it be faretiq??
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Re: Fairtiq - phone app for public transport tickets

Well, the root was "fair", not "fare"
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Re: Fairtiq - phone app for public transport tickets

The app requires location services always on, not just when using the app - so there’s another nail in the iPhone battery.

Does it account for Halbtax? This is unclear until payment details etc are entered...
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Re: Fairtiq - phone app for public transport tickets

I wonder if it would work out cheaper than my monthly point to point pass..

Me for example, I only travel to/from work, I don't use it at the weekends and I sometimes work from home..
So I lose at least 10 days travel depending on weekends / work from home days. Obviously no such flexibility in a monthly travel card.

Edit - and this month, had to renew yesterday and I'm going away for easter.. So I'll lose another week this time.
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The app requires location services always on, not just when using the app - so there’s another nail in the iPhone battery.

Does it account for Halbtax? This is unclear until payment details etc are entered...
Yes, when you set up your account you can choose that option, as well as wanting 1st or 2nd class travel by default.
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The app requires location services always on, not just when using the app - so there’s another nail in the iPhone battery.

Does it account for Halbtax? This is unclear until payment details etc are entered...
The app tries to get your location when you open it to determine your start position. Otherwise it only periodically requests locations only during the journey.
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Re: Fairtiq - phone app for public transport tickets

There is also Lezzgo as per https://www.zvv.ch/zvv/de/allgemeine...ls-lezzgo.html

Anyone tried it?
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