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Old 29.08.2010, 22:07
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Offline SBB timetable info: No iPod app & CD discontinued!

I recently bought an iPod Touch. I was hoping to get an App that has all of the SBB timetable information in it but that doesn't require an internet or phone connection. So far, I've been unable to find anything. Anyone know of any options?

This page on the SBB website tells me that my only option is a "Personal timetable", which is just a pdf file containing the departure times for all trains on ONE specific route. There's nothing stopping me from downloading many of these for different routes, but surely there is a better solution? Maybe there is some 3rd party App that I wasn't able to find in my searches?

The last couple of years I've bought the CD-ROM that contains the full SBB timetable and a program that allows you to search through it, and I've installed this on a small travel laptop. There's also a version that works on Windows Mobile and Symbian OS ( whatever those might be). While looking for the iPod App, I discovered that the SBB do not plan to make the CD anymore, there will not be one for the 2011 timetable. A version of this for the iPod is basically what I'm looking for, so things look less and less promising.

BTW, I don't have a cell phone, and don't want to get one, so I cannot use the SBB's other mobile solutions (using their webpage, using their iPhone App, or using their SMS service). Does anyone have any other ideas that DON'T require any live connectivity and is not a pile of pdf files?

UPDATE: Further web browsing revealed several train schedules for various countries with full schedule info stored offline, but still nothing for Switzerland. A general Europe-wide timetable may also work, but I also couldn't find an offline version. Maybe I need to search using the Swiss-German phrase for "offline train timetable/schedule", but I don't know what that would be. Any ideas?
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Re: Offline SBB timetable info: No iPod app & CD discontinued!

I believe the SBB information comes from the "HAFAS" database, and their website seems to suggest it has products that might be what you're after. I'm not sure how prepared they are to sell direct to the end user, as their business seems to be more oriented towards selling their services to railway companies rather than private individuals.

http://www.hacon.de/hafas_e/index.shtml
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Re: Offline SBB timetable info: No iPod app & CD discontinued!

I guess the reason for going to just online versions is to keep it updated. I use the iPod app. It is a case of finding the wifi spots and putting your journey in then. You can refer back to it even when offline. Not perfect I know but I manage to get by
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Re: Offline SBB timetable info: No iPod app & CD discontinued!

The SBB mobile application is not purely online. Once you load a specific route, you can always browse it offline. That way you can browse at home where you have a web connection and later on when you're on the road you can get away with offline browsing.
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Re: Offline SBB timetable info: No iPod app & CD discontinued!

Thanks for the info. It seems that HAFAS does just deal with making applications directly for transport companies, and doesn't offer any consumer services.

I'm not too worried about how up-to-date the info' is, Swiss train schedules only change in December each year, and I'd be willing to have a VERY infrequent delay due to not knowing some last-minute updated information in exchange for having the standard timetable available to me wherever I am without any data connection.

The idea of browsing the SBB timetable when connected via WiFi, then browsing the saved schedule sounds like my best option, I'll try it and see how well it works out. Unfortunately, I'm often out cycling in some random place, and decide to take a train or route home that I wasn't originally planning to, so for that purpose I still have no solution.
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Re: Offline SBB timetable info: No iPod app & CD discontinued!

At some stations you will get a Wi-Fi network 'Mobile'

This only allows you to connect to www.sbb.ch for timetables.
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Re: Offline SBB timetable info: No iPod app & CD discontinued!

Sorry to bump this whiskery thread but you can still download the DB offline timetable. If you select Europe after download you get all the Swiss travel info as well

It even has the UK.

You can download it here:

http://updates.hafas.de/images/db/DBFahrplaninfo.exe
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Re: Offline SBB timetable info: No iPod app & CD discontinued!

Thanks Rob, the DB timetable program is very similar to what the SBB used to sell on a CD for 20 CHF. So, that solves the problem of getting the info onto my travel laptop. Excellent! (and have some rep' points from me)

Now, if anyone can help me to get an offline timetable for Switzerland on my iPod Touch then I'd be really happy.
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