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Old 08.02.2007, 18:11
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Using the tram for dummies

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I have now finally relocated to Zurich, and so far so good apart from using the trams... So I have a couple of questions. My guide book says that once you buy a ticket you have to validate on the tram (but can't see where). Also, if you buy what I think is a "fastticket" for 2.40CHF, is that valid only on the tram you are about to get on and that's it or on another one after that? Say if I need to get from A to B, but it takes 2 trams, do I have to get 2 tickets?
Sorry about the obvious questions, but I don't want to get fined!
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Re: Using the tram for dummies

Welcome to Zurich. A single ticket is valid from the moment you pay - the time is printed on it. A "fast" ticket (short trip CHF 2.40) is valid for 1/2 hour, regardless if you take more than one tram, or go somewhere and back again. However, it is restricted to the list of stations noted on the ticket machine where you bought it, which is - of course - different at every stop, - so it helps if you know where you're going. You can also buy multiple tickets to validate at the machines at many kiosks, vbz ticket offices and train stations; ie. 6 short or long trips on one card.You validate them as you need them. Or monthly passes... CHF 75.- (personal), CHF 80.- (if you want to share it with a spouse, friend). With this pass you can just hop on practically wherever you want within the city (Zone 10)... Maybe this link will help: http://www.zvv.ch/_tourist_e/tickets.asp. There are reductions if you have a half-fare card (Halbtax-Abo), which is a yearly card available at train stations. Confused?
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Old 08.02.2007, 18:52
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Re: Using the tram for dummies

Sorry, just realised the prices I gave are out-of-date. The prices increased at the beginning of this year. Short distance: 2.70, long distance 3.90, one day pass 7.80, monthly pass 82.- etc. etc.
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Re: Using the tram for dummies

If you buy a multiple trip ticket you have to validate each trip in the ticket machine at the bus or tram stop before getting on. Some buses have a validation machine on board but not trams. If you're taking a train, you validate your ticket in the orange machines you see on the platform.
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Re: Using the tram for dummies

Thank you all! I will be "practicing" today!
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