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Regional Pass Lake Geneva Alps - This is how it works

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How does the Regional Pass Lake Geneva - Alps work?

On the free travel days, you can travel as much as you like on the lines that allow free traveling. You do not need tickets in these cases. On the remaining days, and on other lines, you need to buy a discounted ticket.

Regional Pass Lake Geneva free travel days

The free travel days can be used as you like, either consecutively or non-consecutively. For example: with a 5 day pass, you could enjoy free traveling on day 2 and 4, and discounted traveling on day 1, 3 and 5.

Selecting your travel days (delivery via e-mail)

This is how you pick a travel day:

  • Log into the website https://activateyourpass.com using the details on your purchase receipt.
  • Select a date from the calendar.
  • Select one of the below options to get a day ticket:
    • Print ticket: this will download a PDF document with your ticket. We recommend this option because you can store the document on your phone (or tablet) just like any other PDF document, and show it on request. This works even when you are offline. You can print the document, but that's not required.
    • Add to wallet: this adds the ticket to a wallet app. This normally also works when offline.
    • Show ticket: this shows the ticket but does not store it anywhere.
  • Present the day ticket to the staff when requested.

Obtain your day ticket before you start traveling, not when you're already on board. You can cancel day tickets until the day before it is valid. We recommend to obtain your day tickets on the prior evening or the morning of traveling. That way you minimize the chance that your travel plans change.

If you do not have internet access while traveling, then be sure to obtain your day ticket before you leave your accommodation, so you can log on via the Wifi there.

Selecting your travel days (delivery via post)

Once your Regional Pass Lake Geneva-Alps is valid, you can use it for free traveling. The free travel days may be consecutive or non-consecutive, as long as they're used up within the 5- or 7-day period. The start date of the pass does not have to be your first travel day, it just marks the start of the one month period. You simply need to write down the date of your free travel day in the designated area on the pass. Do so before you start traveling, not when you're already on board.


There are two types of trips:

  • Trips on routes that allow free traveling, on free travel days. You can just board any train or bus, etc. on such routes. You do not need a ticket.
  • Trips on routes that allow discounted traveling, and trips on the non-free travel days. You need to purchase a discounted ticket. Show your pass to be sure to get the discount.

Seat reservations

You do not need seat reservations for 99% of all trains and buses in Switzerland. You can just board with your Regional Pass Lake Geneva - Alps. Exceptions are some international trains and some panoramic trains. If you need or want seat reservations, you need to arrange for them separately. Seat reservations are not included in the pass.

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On board the train

Once you're on board, you will need to present your Regional Pass Lake Geneva - Alps to ticket controllers upon request. The controller may want to check your passport as well, to make sure you're the owner of the presented pass. If you require an additional discounted ticket, you need to show this too.

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