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Old 27.08.2010, 18:41
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Re: Half Fare card or GA card

Got a question regarding the half-card.

A normal monthly ticket (over 25 years old) in Zurich for 1-2 zones costs 77 CHF. Does the half-card do any good when buying this ticket?
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Old 27.08.2010, 18:45
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Re: Half Fare card or GA card

Halbtax is used for point to point tickets, not for the ZVV monthly passes.
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Old 01.09.2010, 16:28
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Re: Half Fare card or GA card

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The first GA in 2nd class is 3100CHF - the spouse (Partner card) is 2100CHF.
http://mct.sbb.ch/mct/reisemarkt/abo...abo-preise.htm
I have just found out that this "Duo Partner" GA at 2100.- is also available for unmarried couples (you only need to prove that you live under the same roof by getting a form stamped at the Kreisburo. You can ask for this form at any SBB counter).

(Sorry if this had already been mentioned elsewhere...)
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Old 01.09.2010, 16:31
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First class is nice on the Bernina, but everybody thinks this and all travel first class.

The second class carriges are quite often empty or 2 or 3 peiple in them, you have 4 seats to yourself, sometimes on the other side as well.....
Best way to do the Bernina is in the open-topped cars. They beat the panoramic coaches by a mile.

Apart from that, it might be worth asking your employer as some employers will subsidise GA's and other train passes.
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Old 01.09.2010, 16:33
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Of course there are a few extra benefits with the GA as well. If one adult has one then one for their children 6- 16 only costs 12Chf/week.
Yep, if you have the 1st class GA you can use the executive lounge at Zürich HB which is a great place to rest in between things and you get free drinks ... even free beer
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Old 01.09.2010, 16:35
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Re: Half Fare card or GA card

your both better off living in St Gallen as it is much cheaper than Züri or Winti and as you are guaranteed a seat on all trains as St gallen is the departure point
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Old 01.09.2010, 16:41
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Re: Half Fare card or GA card

although i don't commute by train, i still got the GA card.

although it probably doesn't make financial sense, it's worth it because of the convenience of avoiding buying tickets and having coins for the trams etc.
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Old 01.09.2010, 16:45
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Re: Half Fare card or GA card

Go for the GA. If either of you is a PhD student under 30, he/she can buy a student GA for CHF 2250. The other person then pays CHF 2100 for Partner GA.

http://mct.sbb.ch/mct/en/reisemarkt/...abo-preise.htm
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Yep, if you have the 1st class GA you can use the executive lounge at Zürich HB which is a great place to rest in between things and you get free drinks ... even free beer
Can you just go there and drink free beer? the card would pay for itself in a matter of weeks.

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Re: Half Fare card or GA card

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We keep giving you good points about GA as if we own SBB.
Anyway, here is another good thing of GA.
If you decide to go away for a month, say to another country, you can go to SBB and deposit your GA. They will keep it until you get back and pick it up and will give you equvilent to one month credit on your next SBB purchase.
ca you do this after the fact? by showing boarding passes?
I did not know and just spent 7 weeks in the US, while my GA was in my wallet.
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Old 20.02.2012, 09:31
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Re: Half Fare card or GA card

No, you can´t.

See this post - you need to make prior arrangements before you go off.

The Swiss Public Transport System
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