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Easy question re: tram tickets! [Basel]

Hello EFers,

Here is a really easy question for you, in advance of me buying a monthly travel pass...

I need to get Tram no. 1 from Schützenhaus to Novartis. Do I need to purchase a ticket before boarding or can I pay with cash (how much)? If I need a ticket, where can I purchase this from early on Tuesday morning?

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Hello EFers,

Here is a really easy question for you, in advance of me buying a monthly travel pass...

I need to get Tram no. 1 from Schützenhaus to Novartis. Do I need to purchase a ticket before boarding or can I pay with cash (how much)? If I need a ticket, where can I purchase this from early on Tuesday morning?

Thanks
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You need to pay before boarding any tram. You can purchase a monthly ticket either on the day or earlier and have the ticket dated to start on Tuesday!
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Re: Easy question re: tram tickets!

You can buy your ticket at any tram stop. There is a machine...and you can select English, so don't worry if you can't speak German. I think the fare is 2.70, but may be wrong. Buy the ticket, get on the tram. No need to show anyone unless they come on and ask you for it.
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Old 30.08.2009, 14:58
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Get a half-tax card

Hei Miss Ducky,
You can purchase the ticket at a train ticket counter of course
But I have seen that those electronice ticket machines also are in English and they ask if the ticket is for the same day or from that location, giving you the chance to change either.

The other thing you may not know, if you are asking that question, is about the Swiss Rail Half-tax card. If you will be traveling exclusively by rail in Switzerland for any length of time - GET ONE! I believe the minimum time is one month, but it's cheaper the longer it's valid, ie. one or two years. Always have it with you when traveling by rail.

The sbb.ch site is also in English.
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Re: Easy question re: tram tickets! [Basel]

Best thing to do is get a monthly pass. You can get one from the kiosk in Barfuesserplatz - but you will need proof of residency (your permit) to get it as it is only for Basel residents. It costs about 70 CHF a month. You can also get one at the SBB train station.

Single tickets, you just buy them from the machine at the stops. You'll need a 1/1 ticket unless you're only going a few stops (then it is a kurz ticket). I think the limit on those is three stops.

An SBB half price card won't help you with Basel trams - no discounts

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To clarify, an SBB half price card will help on single journey tickets, but not monthly passes.

Also, you can buy a multi-journey ticket and just stamp it in the machine before you board. They're valid for an hour of travel in the same direction (in other words, you can't go somewhere and come back home on the same ticket).
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Re: Get a half-tax card

Thanks all - I don't want to be late on my first day, purchsing tickets! I will get a monthly pass sorted out as soon as I have my permit at work.

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An SBB half price card won't help you with Basel trams - no discounts
The monthly tram pass - known as the "U-Abo" (==Umweltschutzabonnement = environmental protection subscription) (if you buy an annual one you pay 10x rather than 12x the monthly fee) is also good for all trains and buses within the North West Switzerland region (TNW) - which covers quite a large area.

The half-price card (known as the Halbtax) is good for train journeys outside the region - and if I recall correctly does get you half price on single tram and bus journeys within your place of residence - but that makes no odds if you have the U-Abo.

Of course, if like me you dislike travelling with poor people, you can also get a first class GA (General pass) from the rail company which is good for first-class travel throughout Switzerland; and you can use it on most other modes of public transport. Just a pity that trams and buses don't have a first class section.

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Re: Easy question re: tram tickets! [Basel]

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I need to get Tram no. 1 from Schützenhaus to Novartis. Do I need to purchase a ticket before boarding or can I pay with cash (how much)? If I need a ticket, where can I purchase this from early on Tuesday morning?
Your original question has been answered, but if you work for Novartis then make sure you complete the "Job-Ticket" form which you'll probably be given (and ask if you're not).

This entitles you to buy monthy tickets for 43 CHF (or 430 a year) rather than 70 a month.
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