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Old 23.07.2008, 12:22
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Bikes and dogs on trains

We all know that dogs are more or less allowed any where they want in Switzerland; restaurants, public transport, etc... What I didn't know is that you have to get a ticket for your dog if you hop on the train. I guess it's fair enough if your pooch weighs in at 40 kg +

Last night, when I was returning to Lausanne on the train from the Paléo festival, the conductor said I had to pay a half fair for my bike. That seems like a lot of money and certainly doesn't encourage people to use pedal power and public transport. Does anybody know the regulations behind having bikes on trains in CH??

Having a dog and bike is making travelling very expensive, I'm beginning to regret selling my car.
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Old 23.07.2008, 12:27
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Re: Bikes and dogs on trains

yes it's very true you have to pay 1/2 price for your bike and dog...sorry..
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Re: Bikes and dogs on trains

Hi
Don't know about dogs, but you do have to pay for your bike unless:

1. It is bagged up in a regulation bag, available from the station or the SBB website, they're expensive though, about CHF 80?
2. Folding bikes, like my little Dahon Mu SL also travel free, although I've had a couple of inspectors try it on when they've seen me with it.

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Re: Bikes and dogs on trains

There are also passes for the boke and dog. The relevant links on SBB are:

http://mct.sbb.ch/mct/en/reisemarkt/...lad-preise.htm
http://mct.sbb.ch/mct/en/reisemarkt/...peziellega.htm

It depends on how often you travel with your bike and dog on whether getting one is worth it.
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Re: Bikes and dogs on trains

The one off fare for bikes can be quite expensive. But for 200CHF you can get an annual pass that allows you to take your bike anywhere in Switzerland.

This works for most trains, and I think a few buses. Some trains do not allow bikes, but they are rare. You must make a reservation at 5CHF to take a bike on an ICN as they have limited space for bikes.
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Re: Bikes and dogs on trains

It begins to defeat the purpose of having a bike, especially if you're on a short journey.

I'll have to bag-up bike and dog together
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Re: Bikes and dogs on trains

Also see these threads:
Taking a bike on the train for free
Bringing bicycles on trains, trams, boats, ...

Regarding ICN trains, the 5 CHF reservation fee does not apply in the winter, I think the dates are late November to late March. But if you have the bike in a bike bag then no reservation is needed.

There are a few non-SBB train lines which allow bikes for free. There are not many, but I know that the line from Morges to Biere and L'Isle does.

EDIT: One more thing, if you get a folding bike then it can go on all public transport for free once folded.
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