How/where to show Swiss Travel Pass

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Jun 21, 2018 - 4:01 PM

I have read on this Forum that I must show my Swiss Travel Pass at the ticket window to be validated or risk a fine of 180 Euros!! I have also seen posts that say I only need to show the pass when on board the train. Which is it? How do I show that I have a Swiss Travel Pass, and therefore a paid customer?

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Jun 21, 2018 - 5:43 PM

Hi Den,

Validation is a thing of the past mostly, that needed to be done once before your very first trip. You may have read that in an old forum post. Nowadays you'll receive your pass via e-mail and print it at home. You simply board the train and only show the pass on request, which is during the ride and not when boarding. Please find all up to date information here: isstravelpass/howtouse.

Purchase options are listed here: isstravelpass/price

Fines will be in CHF, not Euro's, but you won't be fined with a valid Swiss Travel Pass.

Enjoy your trips!

Last modified on Jun 21, 2018 - 5:44 PM by Arno
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new member
Jun 21, 2018 - 9:22 PM in reply to Den

We just returned from Switzerland. We bought our Swiss Travel Passes at the tourist location at the Zurich train station (instead of online) and let me tell you (1) well worth it and (2) only ONE TIME in four days did anyone ever ask us for our train ticket! We rode the train many times, hopped a boat in Thun (we showed the pass there just so we didn't have to pay) but I was shocked that we almost go through the whole trip and nobody asked to see it! Just my two cents.

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new member
Jun 21, 2018 - 11:39 PM

We were asked each time for tickets or Swiss Travel Pass in May. On our first trip we were asked to show our passports also.

I read we needed a valid ticket or pass to transport luggage ahead to another train station, but were not asked to provide it.

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Jun 22, 2018 - 6:09 AM in reply to davismavis3

I think I made 1 trip to Luzern where I wasn't asked to show my ticket which I was surprised at.

But to be asked only once in 4 days of travel is indeed very strange!

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