Rail pass validation: myth or reality?

Rail pass validation: myth or reality?

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LeVoyageur
LeVoyageur
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May 25, 2017 - 9:21 PM

Bonjour,

Our trip to Switzerland is fast approaching. I have received our Swiss Tavel Pass Flex and our Berner Oberland Regional Pass that will allow us to benefit from the Swiss rail system during our 25 days stay. I have been following this amazing forum for months and I'm finding conflictual information (between the forum and other sources) on the necessity/obligation to validate the passes. My understanding is that it is not necessary anymore for the STP Flex but I haven't found anything on the BO Regional Pass. Can you help me clarify this for both passes? And if it is required, how should I proceed?

Merci!

Lucas
Lucas
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May 26, 2017 - 8:27 AM in reply to LeVoyageur

Hi LeVoyageur,

Validation of rail passes were common in years past but not anymore (hence the conflicting information probably).

Nearly all print at home passes (if that's what you have) don't need to be validated (95% of the time). We specify how to do this (and how to know if validation is needed on our Swiss Travel Pass Flex 'how to use' page.

For the Regional Pass - Bernese Oberland there should be no need to validate it either.

Typically if your passes don't have start dates already printed on them it is a sign that validation is required by rail staff at an SBB office.

Lucas

LeVoyageur
LeVoyageur
38 posts
active member
May 26, 2017 - 2:42 PM

Merci Lucas!

Both were actualy mailed to my adress. I have checked them and they both have printed validity dates. So, I guess that we are all set and ready to go!

Jean

Lucas
Lucas
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May 26, 2017 - 4:16 PM in reply to LeVoyageur

Bienvenue! (my Canadian French is rusty).

Let us know how your trip goes!

Lucas

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