What are the Swiss Travel Pass measurements?

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Deneen
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Nov 10, 2017 - 12:41 AM

I will be traveling to Switzerland in September 2018. I plan on purchasing a 15 day Swiss Travel Pass from the Zurich airport upon arrival. My question is what are the dimensions or size of the ticket? I plan on getting a nice travel wallet for Christmas that can hold both the rail ticket and my passport so nothing gets bent or lost within my backpack. Thank you.

rockoyster
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Nov 10, 2017 - 1:58 AM in reply to Deneen

Hi Deneen and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

It is much more convenient to order the Swiss Travel Pass on-line for "print at home" delivery. You can make multiple backup copies to carry with you AND you don't have to queue at a ticket shop at Zurich Airport.

This is assuming you are not planning to use the Swiss Travel Pass Flex which you can't print at home.

Sorry I can't tell you the precise dimensions.

Lucas
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Nov 10, 2017 - 4:03 PM in reply to Deneen

Hi Deneen,

I haven't been able to find exact dimensions anywhere but find an image of it attached to give you an idea. This would only be if you bought it in Switzerland.

If you buy it online as Rockoyster suggests (which is the most convenient for sure) it gets printed on regular A4 printer paper.

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Nov 10, 2017 - 5:32 PM in reply to Deneen

online printed copy is 5 1/4" x 8 1/2"

Arno
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Nov 10, 2017 - 6:53 PM

You can fold your printout, although it's best to avoid folding the bar-code on the pass.

Deneen
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Nov 10, 2017 - 11:29 PM

Thank you everyone for the information. I really appreciate the quick response.

Lucas, the image helped. It's around the size of an airline boarding pass.

Sounds like the best option is to buy online. Then I always have a back up copy on my phone if needed. Thank you again!

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Nov 11, 2017 - 1:38 AM in reply to Deneen

Hi Deneen,

>> Sounds like the best option is to buy online. Then I always have a back up copy on my phone if needed.

Unfortunately, a copy on your phone is not valid for travel.

It's a print-at-home ticket, not an eTicket, so you will need a paper version. You could just print 2 or 3 copies to take with you to save the hassle of finding somewhere to print it out again if the original is lost or damaged.

Alpenrose

Arno
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Nov 11, 2017 - 8:20 AM

Indeed, a backup copy on your phone or in cloud storage somewhere is fine, but you will have to print it before usage. But, any hotel should be able to do that for you if you e-mail them the file. To avoid that, the extra physical copy is a good tip.

Mageo
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Nov 11, 2017 - 9:18 AM in reply to Deneen

Hello Deneen,

We folded our print-at-home Swiss Travel Pass to fit in a hard back card holder 11cm×6cm. As previously mentioned, the bar code mustn't be folded. It was convenient for us on our recent trip to Switzerland. We also carried extra copies in our luggage.

Mageo

yhanavan
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Nov 14, 2017 - 5:21 AM

I ordered the Swiss Travel Flex Pass a couple months ago for an upcoming trip in December. The pass is about 3- 1/2 wide x 10 inches long. It came mailed in a very nice plastic sleeve.

Deneen
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Nov 15, 2017 - 2:14 AM

Thank you for the measurements. This is great information.

Yhanavan - Enjoy your upcoming trip!

yhanavan
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Nov 15, 2017 - 3:04 AM in reply to Deneen

Thank you! I can't wait! 23 more days. :)

Uallin
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Nov 15, 2017 - 5:15 AM

Not sure if I should be worried but our print-at-home STPs are A4 size, as per the paper size we feed into our printer...

rockoyster
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Nov 15, 2017 - 5:19 AM in reply to Uallin

You don't need to be worried. The print at home ones are designed to be printed on A4 paper. Just don't fold in anyway which would make the details unclear or the barcode unreadable,

Uallin
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Nov 15, 2017 - 5:30 AM in reply to rockoyster

Thanks for the reassurance, rockoyster. And thanks to the rest for the advice of printing extra copies in case lost. Had thought e copies would be sufficient. Love this forum!

jesse
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Nov 15, 2017 - 11:57 PM in reply to Arno

How come I don't see the barcode on the STP courier delivered from Railroad Europe? Do I need to exchange for real STP at train station?

rockoyster
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Nov 16, 2017 - 2:20 AM in reply to jesse

Hi Jesse,

It should be a real STP. Does it look like the photo Lucas posted in the third message in this thread? If so then you are good to go.

Lucas
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Nov 16, 2017 - 7:01 AM in reply to jesse

You would have been mailed a "real" Swiss Travel Pass and have no need to exchange it for another pass at a rail station.

Some regional rail passes have vouchers sent to you which then must be exchanged. I've never heard of the STP needing to be exchanged - but I'm sure there would a note from the company advising you to do so if that were the case.

Bar codes come on print at home passes, as they are printed on regular A4 paper and it allows train employees to scan it to ensure authenticity.
Print at home is the most popular option for Swiss Travel Pass purchases so that is why you read about the bar code so often.

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