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Old 01.04.2020, 09:43
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Low frequency travel options

So 3 weeks into working at home I'm thinking I should do this a lot more, long term.. But I've always been put off by the fact that I'd be 'wasting' my travel card..

For me, a monthly point to point is 290chf .. A GA is 340chf .. and a daily round trip is 30chf (with Demi tariff)

So if I work at home 2 days / week, I have 12 x 30 to pay, which is more than a GA .. But if I buy the GA, I waste 8 days per month..

Is there a better way? Is the only option to waste the non used days?
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Re: Low frequency travel options

I wonder if prices of all will change and how after the hault is over. I don't think transport, health insurance, phones, etc. will stay the same.

My GA pays itself back with the cash we save on travel to CZ and the fact my kiddo's attach to the GA (which I think carte junior does as well for demi tarif). But. It is what gives us the wings to discover CH and use public transport right to the slopes too and boats across the lake when we feel like it. We camp at libraries all over Switzerland...museums are the next step. GA really gives mobility. But people I know here either have GA or a car, never both.
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Old 01.04.2020, 10:21
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I wonder if prices of all will change and how after the hault is over. I don't think transport, health insurance, phones, etc. will stay the same.

My GA pays itself back with the cash we save on travel to CZ and the fact my kiddo's attach to the GA (which I think carte junior does as well for demi tarif). But. It is what gives us the wings to discover CH and use public transport right to the slopes too and boats across the lake when we feel like it. We camp at libraries all over Switzerland...museums are the next step. GA really gives mobility. But people I know here either have GA or a car, never both.
Yup this is my issue .. GA costs more than my point to point but allows me to jump around on the CEVA and take the train from Gland instead of Nyon, if I miss that bus for example.. But it would bug me to use it even less.

But for general travel we drive, weekends etc.. So I don't use it.

I'd like a GA that gives me back the days I don't use. :-)
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Yup this is my issue .. GA costs more than my point to point but allows me to jump around on the CEVA and take the train from Gland instead of Nyon, if I miss that bus for example.. But it would bug me to use it even less.

But for general travel we drive, weekends etc.. So I don't use it.

I'd like a GA that gives me back the days I don't use. :-)
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Old 01.04.2020, 10:34
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Re: Low frequency travel options

Have you worked out the costings vs a 6x24hr multiple ticket? It acts like a clipper card so you need to stamp it in the platform machine every 24hrs that you need to use it. They're issued by your local transport system via the SBB machines. This is the Zurich version...

https://www.zvv.ch/zvv/en/travelcard...tab-tab_0.html
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Re: Low frequency travel options

I think that the Mobillis in VD. Which is a day ticket for all transport within certain zone. I think that's what John calculated.
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Old 01.04.2020, 11:00
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https://www.zvv.ch/zvv/en/travelcard...tab-tab_0.html
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I think that the Mobillis in VD. Which is a day ticket for all transport within certain zone. I think that's what John calculated.
Unfortunately I cross three different zones.. I have the yellow postbus from the village. the train and the TPG Geneva..

So my daily calculation is just straight from the SBB website for a standard ticket. I haven't looked at multi ticket option yet.
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Old 01.04.2020, 11:12
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Re: Low frequency travel options

Well if it's any encouragement, I get a ticket for 3 zones that's valid for trains, trams, busses and even the Zsg ferries on Zürichsee. If it's a nice day and I happen to be near Bürkliplatz, I often get the boat home.
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Re: Low frequency travel options

I think we'd all like to be reimbursed for days we don't use something, and in a way a GA is not much different to the TV tax, a mobile phone or internet subscription. If you don't watch TV as you're away, or make phone calls, you still pay the annual / monthly charge. If you don't use the GA for several days but it still works out cheaper, then stick with the GA.
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Old 01.04.2020, 11:35
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I think we'd all like to be reimbursed for days we don't use something, and in a way a GA is not much different to the TV tax, a mobile phone or internet subscription. If you don't watch TV as you're away, or make phone calls, you still pay the annual / monthly charge. If you don't use the GA for several days but it still works out cheaper, then stick with the GA.
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Old 01.04.2020, 11:37
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Re: Low frequency travel options

There's also the convenience factor of a GA.

The alternative is a hlaf-tax card but you still need to buy tickets in some way or other every time you use it.

With a GA, you never forget to buy a ticket.
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I'm Scottish .. When I buy a bottle of wine I expect to drink all of it, not give some back to the vineyard
Is it where "each to their own" came from?

I thought real Scots drink only Scotch. And can't say ileven.
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then get on the train and start using it more!
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Re: Low frequency travel options

The GA is a great deal really.3.8k or what ever it is for the whole network. Actually SBB think its too good a value as people are using it socially and for work. In there opinion it should only be used for work and tickets bought for social journeys (yeah right!!). So your 8 days a month is actually how SBB intend it to be used.

But this is really a crazy question. Your getting a cheap deal, as its cheaper than point to point, but because you can use it more, your hoping for a rebate on top? That is tight. If you paid the same price and they said it wasnt vaid at weekends you would be content?

A GA you can hand back for 30 days a year, so you basically get 1 month free, which is your vacation usually. This isnt possible on halbtax for example. And you quote 340 a month it costs you, which means you are not paying yearly.

Just paying yearly and having 4 weeks vacations means you will pay 3,538 roughly. Theres a saving of 542 from what you pay now.

Pay yearly, and hand it back a month, and theres a huge saving for you.
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