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Sep 5, 2016 - 5:08 AM

Hello all,

For cable cars and cogwheel trains where Swiss travel pass holders have to pay 50% of the charges, can we pay in Euros that we will be carrying? Or will it make more sense to convert our Euros (the cash part) into CHF right when we reach Zurich? How fair is the conversion system followed there? Any idea?

Thanks again!

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Sep 6, 2016 - 4:56 PM in reply to esskay8

Hi esskay8,

They often offer payment in Euro or CHF. CHF is always cheaper, as they have to charge a high exchange rate for EUR to keep their risk to a minimum. You can always pay cash, and nearly always with a debit card or credit card as well. If your home currency is not EUR there's no point in paying in that currency as you'll be charged for conversion twice.

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Sep 9, 2016 - 1:28 AM in reply to esskay8

Adding to Arno's comments...life is a lot easier if you pay in CHF. Especially, if you stray off the heavily travelled tourist routes.

Euros will usually work in the major tourist regions, with the precautions noted by Arno.


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