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Old 28.09.2009, 11:27
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Public Transport Deals

Hi all,

I have heard about multiple deals that are available for public transportation. I am hoping to get some more detailed information here.

1. Where can i buy these special tickets (living in Basel)?
2. I heard there is a half price card that is good for one year, is it worth it to purchase this as well as a monthly pass?
3. Am interested in getting a monthly pass, any details?

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Old 28.09.2009, 11:29
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Re: Public Transport Deals

There's lots of info in this thread which should answer your questions:

Easy question re: tram tickets! [Basel]
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Old 28.09.2009, 12:01
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Re: Public Transport Deals

Thanks evilshell, that was definately helpful!

So just a couple follow up questions: If i buy a half price card it seems pointless to then buy a monthly pass as well? Sounds like the half price card is good for single bus journeys but not for the monthly pass? I could continue to buy a ticket at the bus stop 2x a day but not sure what is my best option.

Purpose of my travel: I take the bus to work each direction every day. Could also take a tram to get there but i believe that is the same price.

So far i have not travelled outside of Basel but i do plan to visit other cities in Switzerland soon. This is where the half price card will come in handy?

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Re: Public Transport Deals

Indeed, I usually get a monthly or yearly ticket for my work and get the half-tax for travels to other cities/mountains etc.
You even get some rebate in the neighbouring countries with the half-tax (read up on it before going somewhere, may need planning beforehand).
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Re: Public Transport Deals

So you get both then, as 2 seperate tickets, yes? Is there not redundancy in cost then? Did you purchase at the SBB train station or the kiosk in Barfuesserplatz? I presume it doesn't matter which place?

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Re: Public Transport Deals

Half fare/General Abo/Monthly tickets can save you a lot of money if you use them frequently.

If you go to the ticket desk in the station in Basel, they can also recommend what is best for you.

https://www.sbb.ch/mct/wi/shop/b2c/start.do?sprache=en
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Thanks evilshell, that was definately helpful!

So just a couple follow up questions: If i buy a half price card it seems pointless to then buy a monthly pass as well? Sounds like the half price card is good for single bus journeys but not for the monthly pass? I could continue to buy a ticket at the bus stop 2x a day but not sure what is my best option.
A Half-tax card (Halbtax) reduces the price you pay for all tickets (well, outside of a few private providers), be they singles, returns, monthlies or whatever. If you're doing any meaningful amount of travel on public transport, it will pay for itself in a month or two.

The Halbtax is not a "ticket" in and of itself. Think of it as like a discount voucher (and keep in mind you need to keep it with you all the time).

From what you've described, you should get (at least) a Halbtax and a monthly ticket for your commute. Depending on your plans, an annual ticket might be an even better deal.

As someone else has suggested, if you're unsure go and ask at the SBB office. Unlike most public transport authorities, they want to encourage you to use public transport, not try and screw you out of every cent they can, so they'll definitely advise you on the best deal.
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A Half-tax card (Halbtax) reduces the price you pay for all tickets
Just a little clarification on this one - of course you will not be able to get a yearly or monthly ticket (like a GA etc) for half the fare - this is exclusive to one-off, roundtrip and multiple pass tickets, although you may get some rebate on other stuff.
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Re: Public Transport Deals

Yes, this is true and important to know. I have the halbtax card, but still pay full price for my monthly pass (in Zurich). The half-fare is definitely still worth it for all of our other traveling in Switzerland, though. We have saved loads of money with it!! Highly recommended...

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Just a little clarification on this one - of course you will not be able to get a yearly or monthly ticket (like a GA etc) for half the fare - this is exclusive to one-off, roundtrip and multiple pass tickets, although you may get some rebate on other stuff.
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If you buy a monthly pass, you will not get a discount if you have a halbtax card. That will save you money on individual tickets and the trains, but not on a Basel monthly pass.
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Re: Public Transport Deals

Hi ....let me try to make it simple
Half Card : Get approx 50% discount on all rail, road and river public transport. Go for the one with Visa card (available for 120 CHF compared to the regular one for 150 CHF). Visa card is not only cheaper but also very handy in booking rental cars, buying special season tickets from SBB on-line.

Monthly Tram/Bus card: Unlimited travel in basel public transport.
If you are 25 or less then you pay only 45 CHF( instead of 67 CHF a month )and this can be purchased only from Barfusser plats. If older than 25 , then either barfusserplatz or SBB. If you purchase monthly pass for entire year at once.... you get 2 months off (you pay only for 10 months).
You don't get any discount on monthly pass even if you have half card so its kind of redundant.
The money you spend in the half card is recovered in savings from 2 or 3 trips outside basel

Special tickets: You can get special ticket for destinations outside basel (like Zurich, lucerne etc) very cheap like approx 10 CHF for round trip to zurich but the ticket is only for a particular train at a fixed time. This can be purchased on-line at SBB`s website with any credit card including the visa card which i mentioned above.

Or another option : May be you can get yourself a bicycle (may be used one for about 100 CHF) from flea market at peterplatz every saturday or Riehenring every Sunday.
If you like driving ...go for mobility membership trail for 4 months for local trips and Europcar for long trips. A group or 4 or more for a long trip makes europcar cheaper.

Hope this informaiton helps.
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Just a little clarification on this one - of course you will not be able to get a yearly or monthly ticket (like a GA etc) for half the fare - this is exclusive to one-off, roundtrip and multiple pass tickets, although you may get some rebate on other stuff.
I must admit I didn't know that. I'd always assumed that since the number for my Halbtax card was on all my monthlies (back when I used to buy them), and that I had to show both together, that the price was being reduced because of it.

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I must admit I didn't know that. I'd always assumed that since the number for my Halbtax card was on all my monthlies (back when I used to buy them), and that I had to show both together, that the price was being reduced because of it.
This is basically just to join it with your "account" at SBB - it shows that you have a personal Abo/subscription and nobody else can use it.

For a higher price you can also get an unpersonal one, a ticket that any member of your family for example could use. But if you lose it, it's gone. The personal abo can be replaced once, I think.
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Re: Public Transport Deals

Thanks so much everyone!

Last question, does anyone know until what time i can go to SBB and buy the half price card? I was hoping to go after work but I know everything closes early here! Thanks in advance!!!
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